Enrico Bacio is a crusty old man who keeps everybody in the family under his thumb. He's nasty to Serafina, a woman who is everything but a legal wife to him. His daughter and son, Elizabeth and Massimo, work in the family business but get little respect from their father. Then there's Giangiacomo, whose father has built up the business with Enrico, supposedly as a partner. Nothing was ever documented and, now that Enrico is planning to sell everything for only cash and return to the old country, despite his lawyer's advice not to sell, Giangiacomo feels cheated out of what he thinks is his fair share. Into this mix comes a young man from Italy, Paolo Porro, hailing from the same Sicilian village as the Bacios. As soon as Enrico hears his name, however, he goes straight to the police saying that Paolo is going to kill him due to a 150 year old feud between the families. When Enrico is soon after found dead, Paolo is arrested and Perry Mason defends him.
Did You Know?
Perry's right arm is not seen in this episode as it's carefully hidden under a large suit. The show's producers used the technique to hide an injury at the time. (In some scenes, he uses only one arm. In others, both arms are hidden under his larger-than-usual outfit.) Fans at the time assumed he'd gained weight. Historians say Raymond Burr injured his shoulder in early 1965 during a helicopter maneuver in Vietnam; the philanthropic actor was well known for his support of the troops (and also veterans). See more
Neapolitan and Sicilian dialects are separate and distinct. This should have made the defendant,s true city of origin quite evident to all the native Italian speakers. See more
Joe - Bellboy
Nice room, considering the price. No bugs anyhow, that's for sure.