Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Sulky Girl 

An impetuous niece who demands her trust fund be released comes to Perry Mason for help. But it's her boyfriend who needs defending when he is charged with murdering her controlling uncle as Perry learns their real situation.


Christian Nyby


Erle Stanley Gardner (based on the novel "The Case of the Sulky Girl" by), Harold Swanton (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »




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
Olive Sturgess ... Fran Celane (as Olive Sturgis)
William Schallert ... Graves
Lillian Bronson ... Clara
Robert Griffin ... Crinston
Connie Cezon Connie Cezon ... Gertie Lade
Brian G. Hutton ... Rod Gleason (as Brian Hutton)
Raymond Greenleaf ... Norton
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Judge Purley
Paul Bryar ... Sgt. Wilbur
Frank Wilcox ... Judge Markham


Twenty-three year old Fran Celane is furious with her uncle Edward Norton who controls her fortune until her twenty-fifth birthday due to an absolute trust her father created. After another stormy fight with her uncle Fran storms out of the house and drives to Perry's office where she barges in to see him. After explaining what she wants, Perry agrees to check out the situation. He has Paul Drake investigate everyone related to Norton. Perry and Paul soon determine she has a boyfriend named Rod Gleason. Perry visits Rod where he reveals he believes Rod and Fran are already married and expecting a baby. Later, that evening Norton has a meeting with his lawyer Arthur Crinston as Rod comes to the house to visit Fran. At about the same time the police receive a call from Norton saying he wishes to report a crime and then that he is being threatened by his niece. As Norton's secretary Donald Graves leaves with Crinston and the man driving him, he says he sees Rod kill Norton through a ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



Did You Know?


First actual appearance of Connie Cezon as 'Gertie', Perry's front office girl who is usually mentioned, rather than seen, throughout the series. See more »


A scene set outside the Norton mansion late at night was obviously shot during the daytime. See more »


[first lines]
Edward Norton: It's time you learned I will not change my mind.
Fran Celane: I've learned more than that. You're a mean, selfish man, trying to make me and everyone in this house as miserable as you are.
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good with one confusing scene
23 May 2020 | by CastrilySee all my reviews

When the judge arrives at the house at 11:00 p.m., the background scenes are all in broad daylight, from the time he arrives through the exit ride in the car with the secretary Graves. Next scene, Perry in his office, several moments later at midnight, and it's dark out, as the whole scene should have been. I wish they would stay true to surrounding circumstances. Frustrating. And yes, I'm nitpicking.

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Release Date:

19 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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