Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Festive Felon 

Before a woman dies, she leaves a certified check for $1,000,000 to her nurse which the family and their lawyer try to hide and contest. Perry is hired to obtain the check and then defend her daughter who is charged with killing the lawyer.


Earl Bellamy


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Samuel Newman


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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 ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Anderson
Jon Hall ... Max Randall
Sherry Jackson ... Madeline Randall
Kathie Browne ... Carla Eden
Anne Seymour ... Hetty Randall
Jeff Morrow ... Lawton Brent
Ray Stricklyn ... Reed Brent
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Chester Brent
Elisabeth Fraser ... Eloise Brent
John Howard ... Justin Grover


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. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

28 November 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Festive Felon (1963)" featured two future original-series Star Trek hotties - Sherry Jackson, as Andrea in Season One's "Star Trek: The Original Series: What Are Little Girls Made Of? (1966);" and Kathie Browne, the delightful Deela in Season Three's "Star Trek: The Original Series: Wink of an Eye (1968)." See more »


[first lines]
Reed Brent: [while standing his dying aunt's bedside] Shouldn't we call the doctor again, Mr. Grover?
Justin Grover: He said he'd be here in half an hour. it's ten more minutes.
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9 January 2019 | by adelaidetaylorSee all my reviews

I am addicted to Perry Mason right's a kind of therapy for me, given some uncontrollable and horrific events in my personal life, and the state of the USA political nightmare beginning in 2016...Love to revisit my childhood (I'm 69), learning more about how life was when my parents had me.

In essence, this episode, although a typically "Perry Mason" contrived plot, has the absolutely best group of talented, well-known actors of any other episode i"ve seen...and I've seen dozens!!!

Usually I can either shop online or do chores during most episodes and still get enough to enjoy the twists and turns and "impossibly corny" rhetoric in the courtroom, but this episode is far and away the best acted of them all so far...each principal character is played by an artist who "made it" eventually as a well-known actor either on TV, in the theater, or movies, or a combination of all these categories...because of the high level of each individual performance, the drama and intrigue produced by the resulting ensemble is amazingly elevated and I am totally focused on this episode,more so than any other I have enjoyed as I relive my childhood as a senior citizen!!!

Of course, I am always online at IMDB, researching each principal actor, learning more and more about what life was like when I was a clueless youngster who happily played with my friends, unaware of the history that was happening in the 50's and 60's.

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