Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Ill-Fated Faker 

Perry must defend the secretary of a client whose wife and his con-man nephew tried to blackmail him. The murdered nephew's body is burned in a cabin fire but the secretary who delivered the payoff money is charged with shooting him.


Charles F. Haas (as Charles Haas)


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Jackson Gillis (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
William Campbell ... Jim Ferris
Kenneth Tobey ... Deputy D.A. Jack Alvin
June Dayton ... Alice Gorman
Sue Randall ... Betty Wilkins
Howard Petrie ... Carl Gorman
James Anderson ... Stan Piper
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Harold Ames
Sarah Selby ... Mrs. Ames
S. John Launer ... Judge
Pitt Herbert ... Autopsy Surgeon
George E. Stone ... Court Clerk


Carl Gorman spats with his wife Alice over his ne'er-do-well nephew, Jim Ferris, who constantly asks for money to pay non-existent gambling debts. Unknown to Carl, Alice is having an affair with Ferris, who schemes with Stanley Piper to extort money from Carl. Ferris persuades Alice to join the venture. Carl consults with Perry Mason on how to deal with Jim. Alice calls Carl from their mountain cabin, pretending to be held for $80,000 by the gamblers who are after Jim. Carl sends his secretary, Betty Wilkins, with a briefcase full of cash to the cabin. After the money arrives, Piper, masked and armed, rushes in to claim the ransom, but Alice pulls a gun and accidentally shoots Jim. A kerosene lamp falls to the floor in the struggle and sets the cabin on fire. Alice escapes and arrives home incoherent. Betty sees the cabin in flames and finds a gun--her gun--outside the cabin. Carl asks Perry to defend Betty, who is soon arrested for murder. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

1 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The model courtroom credit opening first used in the second season episode, "The Case of the Caretaker's Cat," reappears in this episode and will be used for the remainder of the fourth season and all of the fifth season. See more »


The body shown through the window of the burning cabin obviously isn't that of the murder victim. See more »


[first lines]
Carl Gorman: [dictating to secretary] Since we are currently planning investment in the new field, you may anticipate hearing from my partner or myself at the earliest possible date.
Betty Wilkins: I can finish the rest of this myself, Mr. Gorman.
Carl Gorman: No, no, we've got all the way to the airport. Just take me a minute to pick up my suitcase.
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Surprise ending makes this a must watch show
14 June 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

A surprise ending has this ranking among the top shows of the fourth season. With Paul Drake's help, Perry finally finds a missing bullet that could not be found during the court trial. And this bullet will prove a surprise for the viewer.

The episode begins as a regular mystery as Carl Gorman is having an argument with his wife, Alice, concerning Carl's free-loading nephew Jim Farris. Jim Farris is a person that lives his life on everyone's money but his own -so Carl believes he is back in town to beg for money.

What Carl does not know is that his wife has been having a little love affair with nephew Jim. And now Jim has come up with a scheme to become $80,000 richer as he and Alice will blackmail Carl.

Jim comes up with a plan that there are thugs holding Alice hostage. And Carl is to bring money to a cabin where Alice would then be released. Per the thug's order (Jim's order) Carl gets his secretary, Betty Wilkins, to take the money to the cabin. See does as asked and we see her throw the money on the cabin porch.

However inside the cabin, Jim also has another plan- He has arranged another scheme where a friend of his will break into the cabin and steal the $80,000 then he will not have to split the money with Alice. But things go wrong when a kerosene lantern gets knocked over and sends flames throughout the cabin. Also Alice, during the commotion, accidentally shoots Jim and she flees leaving Jim's body and the friend inside the cabin.

Meanwhile, Betty Wilkins sees the flames returns to the cabin and finds a gun near her car. She has the gun in her hand when the fire department vehicle arrives.

Through a series of strange events linking Betty to Jim Farris, Perry will defend her in court against a murder warrant. Lt Tragg will provide damaging testimony that will lead even the most seasoned viewer believing that Betty could have been involved.

Even though the mystery seemed simple and the courtroom confession even cheesy, the show ending with the viewer feeling satisfied for watching the episode. Make sure you stay till the complete ending or you will miss a thrill.

NOTE- First episode with a new opening. When Perry gets the file from the Judge and smiles- it cuts away to the picture of Lady Justice while giving the main cast credits.

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