Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Sun Bather's Diary 

A gorgeous woman's trailer was stolen while she was sunbathing, so she asks for Perry's help in finding it. She claims it contains her diary, which details the truthful account of a notorious bank heist her father was convicted for.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Perry Mason
... Della Street
... Paul Drake
... Hamilton Burger
... Lt. Tragg
... Arlene Dowling
... Dr. Ralph Chandler
... Helen Rucker - Nurse
Peter Leeds ... Bill Emory
... George L. Ballard
Connie Cezon ... Gertie Lade
... Judge
... Tom Sackett
... Detective Myers
Nesdon Booth ... Mr. Hartsel


Perry Mason is approached by a beautiful woman, Arlene Dowling, who wants him to recover a house trailer that was recently stolen. It's an odd case from the beginning and when the trailer is quickly located, she's prepared to buy it off the vendor rather than just take possession. When Perry learns that Arlene's father is in prison having been convicted in the Mercantile Bank theft, he thinks there's far more going on than meets the eye. After Perry receives $1500 in the mail, he's pretty sure he's being set up. A meeting with Arlene's friend George L. Ballard confirms Perry's suspicions. DA Hamilton Burger soon has Perry in the Grand Jury room and when Perry's testimony contradicts that of a police detective, Burger charges him with perjury. Meanwhile, Arlene's dad's work partner Ballard is murdered and she is charged. Perry agrees to defend her but in a strange turn of events, is also called as a witness for the prosecution. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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11 January 1958 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Perry Mason is summoned to the grand jury, there are only six jurors present. A grand jury will consist of 12 to 23 jurors. A petit jury can have as few as six jurors. See more »


The currency shown in this episode is obvious stage money. See more »


[first lines]
Della Street: Ever hear the story of the little girl who has nothing to wear? She wants to talk to you.
Perry Mason: Heh. All right, Della, I give up.
Della Street: No joke. She lives in a trailer, and somebody stole it. Trailer hitch and all, along with everything she owns.
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Perry has to defend the client and himself
11 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

I've noticed that in the early episodes of Perry Mason, both Hamilton Burger and Ray Collins had a distinct antipathy for the famous defense lawyer. Later on their attitudes especially William Talman's as he lasted with the series much longer softened and he was just a colleague in the legal profession. But in the early days it was quite in keeping for Burger to try and nail Mason if he could.

Which he does here hauling Raymond Burr before a Grand Jury to nail him on possible perjury. All this because Susan Morrow asks him to try and repossess her trailer which was stolen. In the meantime her father is in prison for armored car robbery where they think he was the inside man. When another bank guard Ralph Moody is killed, Morrow is arrested and Burr has to defend her and himself.

This was a fairly good episode though I would have not taken the case, Morrow was pretty suspicious herself not divulging all to her lawyer.

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