Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Mythical Monkeys 

A novelist sends her secretary to pick up a package at a remote cabin but in the driving rain her car becomes stuck. At a cabin a man denies knowing anything about a package but allows her to dry off. He disappears and a she finds a body.


Gerald Mayer


Erle Stanley Gardner (story), Jonathan Latimer (teleplay)




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
Beverly Garland ... Mauvis Meade
Lawrence Dobkin ... Gregory Dunkirk
Louise Fletcher ... Gladys Doyle
Lew Gallo ... Richard Gilman
Joan Banks Joan Banks ... Mrs. Manley
Norman Fell ... Caspar Pedley
John Reach John Reach ... Dukes Lawton
Nelson Leigh ... Judge
Bill Erwin ... Morrison Findlay
William Boyett ... Pete Kelton (as Bill Boyett)


In a driving rainstorm Gladys Doyle, secretary to successful novelist Mauvis Meade, struggles to the door of a remote cabin. A strange man in the cabin denies he has a package for Mauvis. He disappears into the night, and Gladys finds a dead man in the cabin. Mauvis herself arrives at her home to find the place in a shambles, and shyster Gregory Dunkirk is glad that incriminating materials he gave Meade for her latest novel have been stolen. Gladys appears and tells her boss about the dead man, who turns out to be a Las Vegas gambler, Joseph Manley. Gladys consults Perry Mason and is arrested for murder. Perry runs into Caspar Pedley being thrown out of Meade's apartment and later finds he is the brother-in-law of the dead man. It doesn't help that Meade won't back up Gladys' story. A scarf decorated with three mythical monkeys is found at the cabin with bullets in it, meant to implicate Mauvis in the crime. Other evidence points to Gladys. Perry must discover who is the framer, who ... Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

27 February 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Expert witnesses repeatedly refer to .32-caliber revolver cartridges as "bullets". See more »


[first lines]
Gladys Doyle: [knocking on door of cabin in the rain] Hello. Anybody home? Please. Inside there. I need help.
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Erle Stanley Roper Smokes A Banana
31 December 2008 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

It looks like Burger has got Mason this time- for evidence suppression, at least until Lt. Tragg bails him out. This Gardener material is better than some episodes and adapted by a writer who did more than 20 other Mason episodes.

The Monkeys are on a woman's scarf that is planted at the site of a murder with some bullets well after the murder. The web of intrigue includes a government agent and some shady mob folks. Overall this turns into a pretty satisfactory edition of this superbly done series.

Louise Fletcher, later to be Jack Nicholson's nurse in the Cuckoos Nest is among the guest cast supporting the Mason regulars here. Della Street even gets approached by a strange man in Mason's office one night.

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