Perry Mason (1957–1966)
6 user

The Case of the Posthumous Painter 

Jack Culross decides to fake his suicide to increase the value of his paintings. His wife leaves the country so he is able to finish his unfinished work with the assistance of his agent. His wife returns only to be charged with his murder.


(characters created by),

On Disc

at Amazon


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Drake
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Linda Burnside (as Carol Rossen)
Lori March ...
Karl Held ...
David Gideon
Lt. Anderson
Clint Robert Miller
Britt Lomond ...
Jack Culross
Walter Hutchings


Jack Culross is an artist who decides that the best way to increase the value of his work is to fake his own death. His art dealer and partner in the scheme, Austin Durrant, arranges to buy what bits and pieces are left in his studio from the man's 'widow', Edna, as she is moving to her home in Panama. When, several months later, she hears about her husbands paintings up for sale, she returns with her brother to find a painting hanging in Durrant's gallery of what was, at the time of her husband's death, an incomplete painting. She assumes fraud and consults Perry Mason. Perry and David Gideon check out the painting, which has been sold, with a thermocouple which confirms it was finished after Jack's suicide. The case becomes one of murder when Jack Culross' body is discovered after he has called Edna and the fake suicide is revealed. Edna is charged with murder and Perry defends her. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

11 November 1961 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Dallas scene is historically and visually accurate. Outside shot of building that Perry Mason and David Gideon enter in downtown Dallas is that of the Dallas County Courthouse (also known as the "Old Red Courthouse" or "Old Red") located on 100 S. Houston Street (diagonally across from Dealey Plaza). Construction of "Old Red" began in 1892, architect Max A. Orlopp, in the Richardson Romanesque style, with the primary building material of distinctive red sandstone. Established as a museum in 2007, "Old Red" is beautifully restored and filled with gems from Dallas history. See more »


After Edna bites her husband's hand and knocks Jack out by pushing his head against the car one evening in the gallery's dark parking lot, she visits Mason in his office. The shadow of a crew member's head shows prominently on the edge of Mason's desk during their conversation. As Mason begins to rise from his desk, the shadow quickly moves off the desk. See more »


[first lines]
Resident: Well, like I said, I'm walking my dog, when I see the man get out of this parked convertible. All of a sudden, the guy walks right out into the ocean, with all his clothes on. Strikes me as kind of funny, bu-but then we get all sorts of oddballs coming to the beach. Well, anyway, I take the dog in the house and I'm getting ready for bed, when I look out the window. The car's still here, but the guy ain't nowhere in sight. I don't see nobody swimming, either. So, I came down to look...
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fake suicide that turns into murder- many suspects to choose from
1 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

A very good mystery from the 5th season puts Perry in the middle of an arranged suicide that turns into murder. And with some good writing this episode is bound to be an interest to all 'Perry Mason' fans.

The episode begins as we see an up-and-coming artist named Jack Culross leave a suicide note for his wife as he walks into the ocean. Later, with help from a citizen, the police find Jack's car and note and assume that he walked into the ocean to kill himself. But that is not the case.

What Jack has done is arrange a conspiracy with a partner named Austin Durrant- in that he will be picked up down the beach. By people thinking he is dead his artwork will be worth much more money than it would be with him still alive. . Jack and Austin plan to buy his uncompleted work from the widow, Edna Culross, and then finish the painting and pocket the extra money. This works out well until Edna sees a painting that was unfinished at the time of her husband's death. The painting was now finished and being sold at the Durrant art gallery. Edna Culross seeks the advise of Perry Mason for the forged painting.

However, the supposedly dead Jack Culross gets in contact with his wife and they meet outside the gallery. An argument breaks out where Edna has to use force to get away from Jack. That evening Jack is really found dead and his wife Edna is charged with the murder. Perry halts looking for a forged painting and begins defending Edna for the murder.

There is much afoot in this show. Plenty of suspects and plenty of suspense. By the time the episode ends a person has confessed to the murder but only by the intelligence of our famous lawyer Perry Mason.

Good watch.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page