Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Nautical Knot 

Joanna Monford is a nurse tending to Rick Scott in Mexico. When Rick's brother appears saying there are problems with their Uncle, Rick decides to return to L.A. and marry Joanna but the uncle is killed and Joanna is charged.


Jesse Hibbs


Robert Leslie Bellem, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by)


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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 (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Tom Tully ... Harvey Scott
Anne Whitfield Anne Whitfield ... Joanna Monford
Lisa Gaye ... Pamela Blair
Arline Judge ... Emmalou Schneider
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Rick Scott (as Henry Brandt)
Barbara Bain ... Elayna Scott
Mark Roberts ... Ben Scott
Whit Bissell ... Laurence Barlow
Francis McDonald ... Peg-Leg Jasper


Rick Scott has been recovering in Mexico under the care of a pretty nurse, Joanna Monford. While he's away, his uncle Harvey Scott has been running the family business, a mining company. He's also been telling Joanna that it's very important that Rick stay in Mexico and not return to Los Angeles. A surprise visit by his brother Ben, Ben's wife Elayna and a mutual friend Pamela Blair raises the issue of just what his uncle has been up to and so Rick decides to return to L.A. On board ship, he surprises everyone by marrying Joanna who had come to the conclusion that Pamela was his intended. Once in L.A., it becomes apparent that Uncle Harvey has been acting strangely. The company comptroller, Laurence Barlow, reports that Harvey has been making trips into the countryside and buying up old claims. Perry Mason gets involved in the case when Harvey is found dead, murdered in his study, and Joanna is taken into custody. Perry soon determines that the marriage on the ship is not valid and ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

29 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was B-movie actor Arline Judge's final appearance in film/television. She died about 10 years later, in her apartment at age 61. See more »


When Laurence Barlow is on the stand with Burger, the film was printed backwards, as his hair is combed the opposite direction. When Mason later cross examines him his hair is back to normal. See more »


[first lines]
Rosa Martinez: [to Joanna who is busy mixing Rick's medicine] Senorita Joanna.
Joanna Monford: Yes, Rosa?
Rosa Martinez: Rick is nice.
Joanna Monford: Mm-hmm
Rosa Martinez: Very nice.
Joanna Monford: Yes, Rosa, he's very nice.
Rosa Martinez: And you hate him very much, si?
Joanna Monford: I what?
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Inane plot situation
18 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Too many elements get thrown into this particular Perry Mason episodes and are not mixed well. Anne Whitfield best known for playing Dean Jagger's granddaughter in White Christmas plays a nurse who marries Hank Brandt and winds up accused of the murder of his uncle Tom Tully.

For reasons I'm still trying to fathom Whitfield is hired by Tully to look after Brandt after an eye injury. But that's just a ruse to keep Brandt away from a company board meeting. There's embezzlement afoot and rather than look for help from his relations who are not presented as wastrels Tully goes it alone. Dumb decision in a rather inane plot situation.

Not the best Mason, the writers were getting tired.

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