Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Promoter's Pillbox 

Herbert Simms wants to be a screenwriter instead of a pharmacist. When his script is stolen by an unscrupulous producer, he steals his script back. When he tries to put it back, he stumbles into the producer's dead body and is charged.


Jesse Hibbs


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Peter Martin

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Geraldine Brooks ... Miriam Waters
Dianne Foster ... Nelly Lawton
George Mathews ... Mike Flint
Ben Cooper ... Davis Crane
Linden Chiles ... Herbert Simms
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
John Lasell John Lasell ... Charlie Corby
Edmon Ryan ... Jerome Stokes
John Gallaudet ... Judge
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Simms


Herbert Simms is an aspiring writer who had hopes that his script for a television show "Mr. Nobody" would be produced. A pharmacist by profession, Simms is generally a quiet spoken man but has made the mistake of sending his script to Charlie Corby, a producer of low quality films with a reputation for not paying his bills. Corby is in fact using Simms' script but has no plans to pay him for it. In fact, that production may just be a front to acquire funding for a film he wishes to produce overseas. Corby has lied about a mortgage to get the money. Simms breaks into Corby's office to steal his script back. Simms' mother who helped Perry when he was in law school asks Perry to talk to Simms. After their talk, Simms realizes he must return the script to Corby's office as Perry plans to have Corby's records seized so he returns to the office. When Corby is found dead, there are many possible suspects but it's Simms who is charged with his murder as Corby dies saying Simms' name. Perry ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

19 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Television writer Rod Serling once said, "Being like everybody is like being nobody." (Perhaps this has something to do with to do with the title of the fictitious television show, "Mr. Nobody," used in this episode.) Serling's quote was in reference to screenwriting (a main premise of this episode): It meant that to be a good screenwriter, you have to have writing that stands out and is unique. In this episode, we learn that Perry and Serling are friends. See more »


Herbert Simms glasses have no lenses in them. See more »


Miriam Waters: Look, Mr. Mason - I was only his secretary - not his conscience. I did what I was told to do - period.
Perry Mason: Out of loyalty or love, Miss Waters?
Miriam Waters: What difference does that make? He's dead, isn't he? Sure, I suppose he was robbing everybody blind. Maybe he never intended to make "Mr. Nobody." And maybe he was trying to promote himself into some overseas production unit, but so what? That's the way the business is - and that's the way a lot of the people in it are. Charlie was no better than many; I ...
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Before Perry Mason became the unbeatable attorney
30 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One thing about Hollywood it has often painted a brutal picture of itself in films about the movie business. Just look at The Bad And The Beautiful and The Big Knife as examples. Another example is this Perry Mason story where Raymond Burr gets to defend young Linden Chiles the son of a drugstore owner whose store Perry hung out at while in law school. One of the few episodes which reveals something of a personal life before he became the unbeatable attorney.

Chiles has writing aspirations and I know the feeling and he'd like to make it in show business. He gives a script to a sleazy producer played by John Lasell who later winds up dead. But I said he was a sleazy producer so therefore there are load of alternate suspects. But poison was found in his system and who better than a druggist could be considered a poisoner.

That's what Wesley Lau thinks and William Talman prosecutes on the basis. But we know they're wrong as usual.

Interesting story with a glimpse of the personal Perry.

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