Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Missing Melody 

Eddy King is left at the altar by Polly Courtland but she refuses to say why. He asks Perry, a friend of her family, to find out why but Perry has little luck. When Eddy learns someone blackmailing Polly is murdered, he tries to help her.


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Jonathan Latimer

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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 ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Constance Towers ... Jonny Baker
James Drury ... Eddy King
Bobby Troup ... Bongo White
Jo Morrow ... Polly Courtland
Karl Held Karl Held ... David Gideon
Andrea King ... Enid Markham
Walter Burke ... Jack Grabba
Grant Richards ... George Sherwin
Lorrie Richards Lorrie Richards ... Midge Courtland
Crahan Denton ... Templeton Courtland


On her wedding day, Polly Courtland runs out of the church leaving Eddy King standing at the altar. Her father, Templeton Courtland, was opposed to the marriage thinking his daughter could do much better than marrying King, a popular and successful jazz musician. In fact, Polly was protecting her sister Midge from George Sherwin, a blackmailer who had photos of the underage Midge checking into a hotel and gambling in Los Vegas with one of Eddie King's musician's, Bongo White. Her father was involved in anti-gambling work so the pictures would destroy him. Eddy asks Perry Mason to look into what has happened and why. When Sherwin is killed, Eddy sees Polly leaving his apartment building so when he enters the apartment and finds the body, Eddy decides to cover for Polly by changing the scene to make it appear a man was there instead of a woman. Eddy is charged with murder and Perry defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

30 September 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


If a background instrumental sounds familiar: Per the November 13, 2013, posting in forgottenhits60s.blogspot, Horst Jankowski had ignorantly sold all the rights to his tune 'Eine Schwarzwaldfahrt' ('A Walk in the Black Forest'), and also to 3 other tunes, for 125 Deutsch Marks in 1961. It took him 7 years, several lawyers, and lots of money to get the rights back, meaning that he ultimately earned nothing from his #1 tune. See more »


When Perry finds the missing tape, there is already a tape playing on the only tape recorder in the room. He takes the found tape and walks over to the recorder and within a few seconds, the found tape is playing on the recorder. All of this is done with the camera angle such that Perry's hands can't be seen. He could not have gotten that tape playing anywhere near that fast. He would have had to rewind the tape that had been playing. Remove it from the player. Put the found tape on the player and thread the tape onto the player and onto the empty reel. This would take a lot more time than it took on screen. See more »


[first lines]
Perry Mason: Hello, Mr. Courtland.
Templeton Courtland: Afternoon, Perry; Miss Street.
Della Street: Aren't you lucky to have such a beautiful day for your daughter's wedding?
Templeton Courtland: Perhaps.
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The Thrill is Gone
(1931) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Lew Brown
Music by Ray Henderson
Sung by Constance Towers
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Youth perils of the 1950s
3 January 2017 | by albo-23025See all my reviews

A couple of days after I watched this episode, the same channel (METV) ran an episode of Our Miss Brooks that featured the dangers of the Mambo. There were rumors going around that crazy dancing and music were the main attraction at the local malt shop, and Miss Brooks went undercover to investigate. Yep, the "yutes" were flinging themselves around with wild abandon. (The dancers in the malt shop were amazing, and obviously professionals, although what they were doing didn't look like my idea of the Mambo -- more like Jitterbug -- but what the heck.)

The Mambo disease had even spread to the Lady's Auxiliary -- which was raided by the police (on suspicion of Mamboing), and the school principal's wife was arrested.

Them were the days!

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