Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Restless Redhead 

Perry's client is menaced by a car driven by a hooded man, whom she shoots at with a gun that was planted in her room. When the guy winds up dead from a bullet, Perry confuses matters by firing an identical gun later at the scene.


William D. Russell


Erle Stanley Gardner (based on the novel by), Russell S. Hughes (teleplay)

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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
Whitney Blake ... Evelyn Bagby
Ralph Clanton Ralph Clanton ... Mervyn Aldritch
Gloria Henry ... Helene Chaney
Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Louis Boles
Jane Buchanan Jane Buchanan ... Mrs. Vinnie Boles
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Sgt. Holcomb
Grandon Rhodes ... Judge Kippen
Norman Leavitt ... Mr. Redfield
Helen Mayon Helen Mayon ... Mary Thompson
Jack Gargan Jack Gargan ... Court Clerk


A nervous red headed Evelyn Bagby returns to her apartment at night after her shift as a waitress. She finds a snub nosed 38 Colt revolver in her cigarette case which is not hers. She calls Perry Mason whose answering service patches her through to him. She is calling due to a previous run-in with the police where she was accused of stealing jewelry but was acquitted. Perry has her go to a motel in Hollywood but on the way there a hooded man tries to force her off the road. She fires the gun toward the car but not at the man causing him to go off the road. She brings the gun to Perry who drives out to the scene of the accident only to find the man dead from a bullet wound and homicide there. The man killed had stolen $1500 from Evelyn when she first came to Hollywood. Paul Drake learns that two identical guns were bought by the prominent man Mervyn Aldritch for him and his fiancé, an actress. Perry decides to fire a second gun at the scene later to confuse the police to extract the ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

21 September 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first of two appearances by Sgt. Holcomb, a thuggish homicide investigator who was Perry Mason's regular adversary before Erle Stanley Gardner created the character of Lt. Tragg. See more »


During his conversation with Helene Chaney, Perry's reaction shots were obviously done on a featureless sound stage. See more »


[first lines]
Drake's Operator: [answering phone] Paul Drake Detective Agency.
Evelyn Bagby: I wanted Mr. Mason. Perry Mason. Isn't this his night number?
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A nice way to start of a nine year run.
15 February 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The opening episode is a great introduction to the characters of the series. Perry is full of vigor as he is more involved than in future episode while running down evidence that will help his client. Things that would soon be given to Paul Drake, is done by Perry as he talks with witnesses and finds evidence in this episode that is fully packed.

When Evelyn Bagby finds a handgun in her apartment, she calls Perry and he tells her to leave the apartment with the gun and be at his office in the morning. On her way to a hotel she is nearly wrecked by a man with a hood driving right beside her. For some reason, she fires two shots from the gun near the car. Later the police find the man and he was shot. Perry will defend Evelyn Bagby is court against the charge of murder brought by Hamilton Burger's office.

When we go to court the proceedings, the program becomes somewhat complex as Perry introduces two identical guns that seemed somewhat confusing as we try to keep the two guns separate. But through more cross examination and some evidence twisteroo, Perry is able to get his client acquitted and the true killer arrested.

It was nice to see the first episode. It was like meeting the characters for the first time. Was not too thrilled with the case that Perry defended but the episode is worthy of a watch. For the started episode is was a good watch.

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