Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Larcenous Lady 

When an important government job is offered to the Mayor of Upton, his wife will go to any lengths to help her husband get the job including putting her own illegal activities on hold and resorting to blackmail which ends with her murder.


James Sheldon


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Seeleg Lester (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Ellen Drew ... Julia Webberly
Arthur Franz ... Mayor James Henderson
Louise Fletcher ... Susan Connolly
Robert Brown ... Frank Sykes
Patricia Huston ... Mona Henderson
Edward Platt ... Tom Stratton
King Calder ... William Carter
Byron Morrow ... Judge
William Boyett ... Sgt. Ralph Reynolds
Myron Natwick ... Desk Clerk
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Prosecutor Thorne


In Upton, CA the governor's representative, state committeeman William Carter, offers the post of head of the crime commission to Mayor James Henderson over attorney Arnold Webberly, the other candidate for the office. Afterward, Jim's wife Mona makes a cryptic call to real estate developer Tom Stratton. At Mona's bidding, Susan Conley, Jim's secretary, picks up a $10,000 payoff from Stratton, but it's the old badger game. Photographer Frank Sykes bursts in and takes pictures of the bribe. Susan consults Perry Mason, telling him she signed a receipt but did not take the money. Mona accuses Julia Webberly, Arnold's wife, of suborning perjury in one of her husband's major cases, which Mona will keep secret if Arnold withdraws as a competitor to Jim. Perry calls on Jim. They hear a shot and find Mona dead, and the evidence points to Susan. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

17 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This story includes Louise Fletcher's second guest appearance on Perry Mason. Her first appearance was in "The Case of the Mythical Monkeys". Both "The Case of the Larcenous Lady" and her previous appearance aired in 1960 - and Louise was the defendant in both of them, a rarity for this series. See more »


Perry describes Susan Connolly's car as having a two-tone paint job, red and gray. The car is shown prior to this, and it is obvious, even in black-and-white photography, that no part of the car is painted red. See more »


[first lines]
William Carter: I'll put it to you bluntly, Mayor. Ever since the death of Roger Pearson, the Governor has been looking for a replacement.
Mayor James Henderson: To head up the Crime Commission?
William Carter: That's right.
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Before the bar
15 October 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Years before she won her Oscar for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest young Louise Fletcher needed the services of Perry Mason to defend her on a charge of murder. She was accused of murdering the wife of her boss with Patricia Huston and Arthur Franz in both those roles respectively.

Fletcher is carrying a statue of liberty size torch for Franz which gives the authorities reason enough to think her capable of killing Huston. As the show unfolds a nice load of suspects show that they all have motive to kill Huston who is one scheming piece of work.

This one for me was one of the inferior episodes in that the murderer who is also a piece of work is rather obvious. But also the prosecutor Christopher Dark is trying to keep a key witness off the stand that could blow up his case. Hardly the actions of a man who purportedly is seeking the truth. When Ellen Drew does appear she goes on at the judge's order and Raymond Burr then blows up the prosecutor's inferior presentation of the facts.

In real life I think Dark would have been before the bar association for what he did.

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