Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Garrulous Go-Between 

Paul is concerned for Amy Scott, who hired him to find a man and visits a fortuneteller regularly. He finds the fortuneteller has been partners with Amy's landlord in a scams in the past. When the landlord turns up murdered, she is charged.

Director:

Irving J. Moore

Writers:

Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Philip Saltzman
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street (credit only)
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Anderson
Sue Randall ... Amy Scott
Lori March ... Madame Zillia
Jacques Aubuchon ... Victor Bundy
Anthony Eisley ... Howard Kern
Merry Anders ... Joyce Carlton
Lillian Buyeff Lillian Buyeff ... Dora
John Napier John Napier ... Tommy Stiller
Nelson Leigh ... Judge
Charles Stroud Charles Stroud ... Court Clerk
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Storyline

Amy Scott is a naive young woman who goes to her neighbor, Madame Zillia, a fortuneteller, for advice. So why is Amy secretly tape recording their sessions? She has also hired Paul to help her find a man. Paul finds the young man in a bad part of town where he drops Amy. She refuses his help but he stays outside the bar, where the two exit fighting. He has figured out enough to know that she's in over her head and consults Perry on what he has found. Madame Zillia tells Amy something close to her is going to die. After Amy tries to confide in her talkative landlord, Victor Bundy, she finds her pet parrot dead. Afterwards, Madame Zillia visits Amy to tell her their visits must stop. Amy then goes to visit Victor in his apartment where she finds the landlord, himself, dead. Even more secrets and lies than usual must be revealed before Perry and Paul can save their client from a murder conviction. And play Cupid while they're at it. Written by arthurblock

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The legal name of Madame Zillia is not disclosed on camera; indeed she is addressed as Madame Zillia by Perry Mason when she is on the witness stand and referred to in the courtroom by Hamilton Burger as "the woman known as Madame Zillia". Whilst not strictly illegal, this is rather odd courtroom procedure by the two attorneys, it being customary in court proceedings to address or refer to people by their legal names. See more »

Goofs

When the body of Victor Bundy is found lying by the fireplace, the camera hangs on actor Jacques Aubuchon during the fade long enough to see his eyes move under their lids, unusual activity for a supposed corpse. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Madame Zillia: [voice over] Remember, now, do not be afraid. I saw nothing but success for this alliance. Go, and I will see you day after tomorrow.
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Well paced with memorable roles
28 March 2011 | by l_mammelSee all my reviews

I thought this was very well paced in the way the usual complications were introduced and resolved. The beautiful young innocent accused is seeing a fortune teller, but it is telegraphed early on that she has designs. What are they? Then the involvements of the several players, including the victim, are also revealed, step by step. Finally the big picture takes shape at the usual "preliminary hearing", and we are put on tenterhooks with the subpoena of the very attractive surprise witness. I have to say I was quite taken with Madame Zillia, and her part gave her full play. Also, one of the best red herrings ever, if that's not too much of a spoiler. I was surprised to see that Lori March, as Madame Zillia, has a very thin filmography, although this is the last of her five Perry Masons, which is certainly enough to make her familiar to a devotee. Finally I must mention that Paul Drake had a lot of interesting involvement in the case, particularly in one unusual scene, and then a memorable closing vignette with Perry. I have to say I felt quite engaged for the entire hour.


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