Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Perjured Parrot 

The only witness to a rich man's murder is his parrot, who keeps repeating the suspect's name. But in court, everyone is surprised at what the bird says next. Perry does his magic at an informal coroner's Inquest in a rural area.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Ellen Monteith
Dan Barton ...
Richard Waid
Fred Bascomb (as Robert E. Griffin)
Sheriff Barnes
Criminologist Edward Langley (as Joe Kearns)
Jason Johnson ...
District Attorney Ray Sprague
Maurice Manson ...
Pamela Branch ...
Helen Watkins


Charles Sabin is a wealthy investor who has a rather gruff personality. He is leaving on a fishing trip to a remote cabin he owns but as he leaves he accuses his step-daughter Helen Watkins of stealing from him. He has a pet parrot Casanova who does a couple of tricks and parrots some funny answers. As he leaves he gives orders to his secretary Richard Waid to handle some tasks. Sabin is found dead in his cabin with a parrot saying Helen should turn over a gun. Sabin's wife Stephanie Sabin along with Helen visit Perry who handles some of Sabin's legal business for help. Perry visits the cabin where the Sheriff and a local teacher of criminology are interpreting the evidence. Perry notices a library book that leads him to the librarian Ellen Monteith who says she recently married Sabin making him a bigamist. Ellen is arrested while a Coroner's Inquest is called to determine cause of death. Coroner Andy Templet runs a very informal inquest where Perry re-interprets the evidence. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

20 December 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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When Ellen Monteith reads the prop newspaper about the murder, one can see that the insides pages of the newspaper are blank. See more »


[first lines]
Stephanie Sabin: Oh! Oh, I didn't know you were back, Charles. I didn't hear you.
Charles Sabin: Where is Waid? I want him.
Casanova the Parrot: Awk! Pretty Polly, pretty Polly. Polly wanna cracker.
Charles Sabin: Hello, Casanova.
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Informal court
26 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Perry Mason moves out of the mean streets of Los Angeles into rural Logan City to defend client Jody Lawrence on a charge of murder. This was a very well constructed Perry Mason episode in which definitely things are not as they seem at first glance.

The victim here was a millionaire who was not beloved at all including by his wife who originally brings Raymond Burr into the case because her husband suspected her daughter of forging checks. That turns out not to be the case,but in the process Burr gains a client in Ms. Lawrence who maybe the victim's bigamist second wife.

The key to the case is a parrot who is nervously talking and mimicking words he might have heard during the course of the murder. Remember however, parrots have to be carefully taught.

The venue where Perry Mason practices his craft is an informal coroner's inquest, presided over informally by Edgar Buchanan. Joseph Kearns plays a rather officious criminologist who sheriff Frank Ferguson brought in to help with investigation. Burr devastates Kearns on the stand.

Many people had many reasons for wanting the victim dead. I think you'll be a bit surprised at who the perpetrator is.

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