Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Woeful Widower 

Perry defends two clients: first the housekeeper Nellie Conway for theft and secondly the stepsister of the murder victim who stands to inherit her estate. Problem is that the husband is the one the finger points at for being the killer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Mason
Della Street (credit only)
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Lt. Andy Anderson
James Douglas
Newton Bain
Joan Banks ...
Nellie Conway (as Joan Lovejoy)
Joyce Meadows ...
Anna Lee Carroll ...
Georgiana Douglas (as Ann Carroll)
Elizabeth Bain (voice)
Allen Joseph ...
Sgt. Steve Toland


A distraught Nellie Conway seeks Perry Mason's assistance when she thinks her employer, Newton Bain, is trying to kill his invalid wife. She is certain that he's a killer and has taken some of the pills to prove that they're poison. Mason finds it all far-fetched and his doubts are confirmed when the lab reports show the pills to be simple aspirin. When Bain and his stepbrother-in-law James Douglas set up a sting of sorts to show that Conway was stealing jewelry, Mason appears as her attorney at the request of Mary Douglas, Mrs. Bain's stepsister, who arrived from Hawaii to ensure justice is done. Mary visits Mason with a holographic will written by Elizabeth Bain leaving the bulk of her estate to Mary. However, Mason tells Mary that a missing period could cause problems. His dealings with this family aren't done when Mary is accused of murdering Elizabeth. It's left to Mason to solve the puzzle and identify the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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26 March 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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4th program that Della is absent "visiting her aunt." See more »


[first lines]
Elizabeth Bain: [using an intercom] Nellie! Miss Conway, where are you? Nellie, I want some company. Nellie. Can't you hear me? Come up here.
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Started out strong but faded in the middle
24 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

This episode looks so promising when the show started. We have a invalid women that was in some kind of automobile accident- and a housekeeper that looks like she could have been cast in 'Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte'. The poor invalid women will not let her husband come into her room making one thinks that perhaps the husband may have had something to do with the accident. Instead the housekeeper believes the husband is trying to poison his wife and takes some pills to Perry that the husband gave her to be giving to the invalid women.

That is how the episode starts off- and I am on the edge of my seat. Then enter Jerry Van Dyke. Sorry but I cannot take him in a serious acting part. He was good in the part and the acting was fine- but the entire show I was seeing him playing the banjo and fumbling around the stage. I know this is bad of me but the show seemed to fall when he entered the scene. It was nothing that Jerry did- it was the story took a turn away from what we were lead to believe was going to happen.

The story does come back around to the invalid women but it take a little time. Meantime we take a trip with Perry and Paul to New Orleans. We know it was New Orleans because they had a street sign that said 'Canal Street' and we are introduced to a person that as a terrible southern accent.

After getting back to LA the story returns -and again is interesting. I liked the episode but felt the middle part of the story was long and had little to do with the ending. It is still watchable.

note- fourth episode in a row without Della. Must still be visiting her aunt.

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