Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe 

Virginia Trent is having a bad day. Her Aunt is shoplifting, her Uncle George is missing, and diamonds are missing from George's business. When her aunt is charged with murdering an old friend who is a diamond agent, Perry is needed.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (novel), Jackson Gillis (teleplay by)


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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
Margaret O'Brien ... Virginia Trent
Lurene Tuttle ... Sarah Breel
Leonard Nimoy ... Pete Chennery
Melora Conway Melora Conway ... Ione Bedford
Richard Coogan ... Police Sgt. Gifford
Arthur Batanides ... Bill Golding
Blair Davies Blair Davies ... Austin Cullens
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... Judge
James Millhollin ... Floorwalker
Shirley Mitchell ... Miss Fairweather


Sarah Breel is a kleptomaniac who likes nothing better than to go shopping with her niece, Virginia Trent, who is having a bad day when she runs into Perry at the store. In addition, her Uncle George is missing plus, at her Uncle George's jewelry business, an expensive set of diamonds goes missing and Sarah is the victim of a hit and run, so Perry Mason takes on the case. On the pavement near her purse, the police find a gun but, in the purse itself, they find the missing diamonds. When Perry and Paul Drake find a friend of Sarah's, gem dealer Austin Cullens, shot dead, Sarah is charged with murder. Perry is convinced of his client's innocence particularly when Ione Bedford, the owner of the diamonds, claims they were not hers and her estranged husband confronts Perry. Perry thinks the dead man was selling stolen jewels and that will lead them to the real killer. Adding to the intrigue, Perry finds Uncle George shot dead in an unused storeroom at the business. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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In the opening scene, Lurene Tuttle plays a shoplifter. A year later she played an almost identical shoplifter in an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. See more »


At about 28:30, a mic (probably) shadow is visible on Ione Bedford's backside. See more »


[first lines]
Sarah Breel: Oh, dear.
Miss Fairweather: Well, you said you wanted some with larger rhinestones, and those are larger.
Sarah Breel: I know, but now these have the wrong kind of clips.
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An unconventional ending to a Perry mystery
18 September 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The universal Lurene Tuttle plays an aging women named Sarah Breel that has a habit of shoplifting items from local stores. Her niece, Virginia Trent, keeps making excuses for her until some expensive gems are missing from uncle's business.

Later, Sarah is hit by a car while running from a house where a murder had just occurred. And inside Sarah's purse the gems are found plus a gun which turns out to be the murder weapon.

Perry Mason will defend Sarah in court but seems that she is more willing to plea guilty than stand trial. Perry and Paul will determine the reason that Sarah wants to plea guilty and perhaps get to the bottom of the entire situation.

This was somewhat of a different episode than usual. Instead of someone confessing to the crime- we are left with Hamilton Burger and Lt Tragg placing circumstantial evidence together to determine who in the cast will be going to a jury trial. An interesting watch.

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Release Date:

3 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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