Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Counterfeit Crank 

Gus Dalgran has been acting strangely and his business is suffering from someone embezzling. As things spiral out of his control, his nephew decides to have him declared incompetent. When the nephew is murdered, Gus is charged.


Jerry Hopper


Robert Leslie Bellem, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by)


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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
Otto Kruger ... August Dalgran
Jeanette Nolan ... Martha Blair
Don Dubbins ... Kenneth Dalgran
Connie Hines ... Sandra Dalgran
John Larkin John Larkin ... Jay Fenton
Burt Reynolds ... Chuck Blair
Michael King Michael King ... Don Morley
William Woodson William Woodson ... Dr. Jackman
Paul Langton ... Bertram Telford
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... Judge #1


August "Gus" Dalgran has been acting very odd lately. He seems to be losing lucidity and his business partners are particularly concerned when he refuses to liquidate a parcel of land they sorely need to sell to deal with the company's liquidity problem. When he throws a handful of cash out of his high-rise office window, he's charged with a misdemeanor and refuses to accept any advice from his long-time attorney Perry Mason. Perry, at the request of a friend, attends the court hearing anyway and sees his odd behavior first-hand. It leads Gus' nephew, Kenneth Dalgran, to petition for a competency hearing but Perry isn't buying any of it and can't quite figure what his friend and client is up to. When Perry tells Gus that his nephew is going against all of Gus' wishes, Gus threatens to kill Kenneth. It all takes a far more serious turn when Ken Dalgran is killed and Gus is charged with his murder. Gus had escaped from the sanitarium and is caught with Kenneth's body in the car he was ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

28 April 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When on the witness stand Sandra Dalgran (Connie Hines) says she saw the movie Too Soon Blues at the Tivoli Theater. There was no such film, but that same year (1961) the movie Too Late Blues starring Bobby Darin came out. See more »


[first lines]
Bank Teller: 90, 95, and 5 makes 2,000.
[tries to stuff the money into an already overstuffed bag]
Bank Teller: I'm afraid it's not gonna close, Mr. Dalgran, unless you put some in your pocket.
August Dalgran: I've got a better idea. You put some in yours.
[takes some money out and stuffs it into the teller's pocket]
August Dalgran: Now, you know, I always give presents away on my birthday.
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Uncle Gus Goes Balmy
13 December 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Otto Kruger is one of three partners and head of a company and his company can't move without all three in agreement. When he shows signs of mental aberration nephew Don Dubbins moves in to have him committed and inherit his vote and control. Dubbins has a big deal cooking and he's using some forged documents to do it. Kruger escapes from an asylum he's locked up in and Dubbins winds up dead. He has to turn to his old family attorney and you know who that is.

Dubbins is pulling a few doublecrosses and one by his wife Connie Hines of Mister Ed is being pulled on him with one of the other partners. Hines is just another one of many suspects who could have done the deed.

I'm an agreement with another reviewer who said the insanity angle wasn't developed enough. But it probably would have taken a Perry Mason Mystery two hour format to have accomplished that.

Look for Burt Reynolds as the son of Kruger's secretary Jeanette Nolan. Forgery is the key to solving this mystery.

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