Elihu Laban, a political refuge from the Balkans, hopes to obtain the papers from a leader who supposedly committed suicide. He and a group put together a plan using a former member of the OSS. When the seller is killed, he is charged.
When a Balkan dictator, Oscar Volney, dies after being under house arrest for several years, deposed by opponent Franz Schreck, local exiles in Los Angeles, led by Elihu Laban, wants to try and get the dead man's papers hoping they could expose the corruption of the current government. With the help of his friend, newspaper publisher Garrett Richards, and others, Laban hires a former OSS agent Conrad Bucola to retrieve the Volney papers. The papers are supposed to be delivered to Laban when Schreck visits Los Angeles on a trade mission. When Schreck is killed at an amusement park where the exchange is to occur, Laban is charged with murder and using Perry Mason's staff - Perry is recovering at home from an operation - playboy lawyer Bruce Jason defends him. Complicating the situation is that the fact that Laban swears that Jason is the OSS agent Bucola. Jason did work for the OSS but swears he is not Bucola. Written by
Mason was made to appear to be onscreen with Bruce Jason, although they are never in the same shot. His interactions with the other fill-ins were just through the phone. See more »
Oscar Volney is dead. In this, the centuries-old city that is the capital of his now-captive European country, the father of democracy in the Balkans today appears for the last time before the countrymen who revered and loved him.
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Why, excuse me sir... your intelligence is showing.
I did NOT find this Mason installment to be nearly as bad as these reviewers say it is. I believe these Fine Americans have trouble with people who have names like Witoczsynski, Bobkovski, and the like. Maybe these people should have shown up at their English classes once in a while. Maybe then they wouldn't have so much trouble with words like "it", "and" & "the".
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