Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Resolute Reformer 

A drunken playboy is in a hit and run accident. Peter's attempt to help the victim by buying his property finds Peter putting his father, who is the county engineer, in a compromised situation on a project when no victim turns up.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Paul Drake
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Richard Eastham ...
Deputy D.A. Parness
Debra Bradford
William Harper Caine
Peter Caine
Roger Quigley
Lawrence Kent
Charles Sistrom
Grace Witt
Councilman William Daniels
Supervisor Albert Johnson
Tom Harkness ...


Peter Caine, driving drunk at night on a lonely road, hits a man and seriously injures him. Peter's companion, Debra Bradford, takes over driving and leaves without offering assistance. She learns the man's name is Joseph Witt and devises a scheme for Peter to pay damages to Grace Witt, Joe's wife. Peter will buy the Witts' property for more than market value, which he willingly does. At the county board meeting, chief county engineer William Harper Caine, Peter's father, sides with Perry Mason to stop construction by contractor Roger Quigley until another survey may be prepared. Such a stop order will bankrupt Quigley, who accuses Caine of conflict of interest, citing Peter's recent real estate purchase. When Caine writes a check to Debra as final payment to Grace Witt, Quigley and his associate, Charles Sistrom, burst in and take pictures of the exchange. Now they want Caine to resign. Perry and Paul Drake find Quigley at home, dead with Caine--gun in hand-- standing over the body. ... Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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14 January 1961 (USA)  »

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This episode is set mainly in the fictitious County of San Marcos. San Diego County does have a city named San Marcos. See more »


It's hard to believe that suave man of the world Paul Drake would be so flummoxed by one woman's advances. Especially since they were alone. There was no one to get a wrong idea for him to worry about. See more »

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Set up beautifully
17 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

Douglas Dick who is the playboy son of the county engineer of San Marcos John Hoyt is set up beautifully for a hit and run accident by his date, the beautiful and deadly Diana Millay. Of course she's got accomplices. But this is all part of an elaborate scheme to get Hoyt to not put a stop on a construction project that would bankrupt the guy doing the constructing James Westerfield who is depending on the monies received not to bankrupt him. When Westerfield is shot to death, Hoyt is the one charged and lucky he has Perry Mason defending him.

He's even luckier in the fact that Paul Drake was staking out Westerfield's house. In fact William Hopper is of particular value to Raymond Burr in this episode.

Of course Burr at trial beautifully sets up the real killer in his recall cross examination.

Nicely done Perry.

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