Just prior to her death, family patriarch Bebe Brent leaves her nurse, Hetty Randall, a certified check for $1 million. She entrusted the check to her lawyer, Justin Grover, but Hetty never received it. Hetty's daughter, Madeline, asks Perry Mason to look into it after learning about it when she overheard her mother and uncle discuss it. Madeline learns the truth from her fiancé, Reed Brent, Bebe's nephew, and she quickly makes an appointment to see Grover and find out what he is up to when he offers to tell her what is going on. When Grover is killed in a house fire that same night and Madeline is caught by the police leaving the house with Grover briefcase containing the check, Madeline is charged with murder and Perry defends her. Perry wants to know why Bebe would have left such a large sum to a nurse, but Hetty refuses to tell him.
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[while standing his dying aunt's bedside
Shouldn't we call the doctor again, Mr. Grover?
He said he'd be here in half an hour. it's ten more minutes.