Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Tragic Trophy 

Movie producer Anthony Fry returns from Mexico supposedly engaged to aspiring actress Kathy Anders. In reality, she is trying to clear her father, who Fry claimed worked drunk on a film. When Fry is murdered, Kathy is seen leaving the site.


Richard Donner


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Mann Rubin


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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 (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Richard Carlson ... Anthony Fry
Paul Stewart ... John J. Pennington
Constance Towers ... Joanne Pennington
Patricia Huston Patricia Huston ... Lydia Lawrence
John Fiedler ... Howard Stark
George Brenlin ... Coley Barnes
Mimsy Farmer ... Kathy Anders
Alvin Childress Alvin Childress ... Janitor
Reed Hadley ... Medical Examiner


Film producer-director Tony Fry is something of a wheeler-dealer who returns to Hollywood after completing his latest movie in Mexico. On his arm is an attractive young blond, Kathy Anders, who he informs the press is going to be his wife. It's all a publicity stunt and, the press no sooner leaves, that he sends her on her way. But Kathy sees him kissing a woman in a car, later identified as Joanne Pennington, before they drive away. Fry has his own retinue including assistant director Howard Stark, his secretary Lydia Lawrence and personal assistant Coley Barnes, who's invested $200,000 in the movie. Tony is in desperate need of cash and has 48 hours to pay his $50,000 debts in Mexico or his film footage will be seized. He turns to J.J. Pennington in the hope of getting the financing he needs. Kathy has her own agenda as she blames Fry for driving her father, once a renowned movie cameraman, to drink. When Fry is found dead, Kathy is charged with murder and Perry Mason defends her in... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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19 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mrs. Pennington visits Perry at his office at night. The clock on the office wall shows 2:10. We know it is not 2:10 AM as Mrs. Pennington apologizes to Perry for "interrupting (him) in the evening." See more »


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Coley Barnes: [to reporters] Hey! Hey, quiet! Quiet, gentlemen. Quiet, boys. Mr. Fry's going to make a statement.
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Mimsy Farmer's credit is not for her character's name but for the name of a quickly exposed alias. See more »

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Saw It Coming
7 March 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Perry Mason has an easy time of it defending Mimsy Farmer, an aspiring young actress who is accused of killing a king rat of a producer in The Case Of The Tragic Trophy. For two reasons, first it's rather obvious in this one who does it and you don't have to have followed it all that closely to know. Secondly because District Attorney Hamilton Burger after Perry has put up three different possible alternative suspects via his cross examination puts on janitor Alvin Childress as a rebuttal witness who actually clinches Mason's defense and clearly labels who the real murderer is.

As is usual the writers of Perry Mason give you a nice list of suspects to chose from as producer Richard Carlson was making enemies left and right in Hollywood. Some of this stylish cast includes Paul Stewart, Constance Towers, John Fiedler, George Benlin, and Patricia Huston all of whom would have had enough reason to kill this guy.

Still when I can figure out the who and how on a Perry Mason story I know the writers have let me down. And of course there's no way it's Mimsy Farmer because doesn't defend the guilty.

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