Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Potted Planter 

Nelson Tarr bought a small town radio station due to a recommendation from his friend, Andrea Walden, who is married to the owner. However, her husband believes the rumors about her infidelity so when he is murdered, Nelson is charged.


Jesse Hibbs


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Robert C. Dennis


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Constance Ford ... Frances
Diane Brewster ... Andrea Walden
Paul Fix ... District Attorney Hale
Mark Goddard ... Roy Mooney
Robert Bray ... Martin Walden
Joe Maross ... Nelson Tarr
Davey Davison ... Melinda Tarr
William Allyn William Allyn ... David Pinter
Harry Lauter ... Chris Hearn
Frank Behrens Frank Behrens ... Doctor Oldham
Robert Foulk ... Delehanty


Martin Walden is the richest man in his community, with a successful landscape gardening business. He believes his wife Andrea, a former actress, is having an affair with someone and has many possible suspects, including local radio station owner Nelson Tarr and his own nephew Roy Mooney. Andrea and Nelson were friends from Hollywood and she recommended buying the station to Nelson. The rumors are being encouraged by Walden's sister, Frances Walden, who wants to replace Andrea as the mistress of the family home. Tarr's teenage daughter, Melinda, is also interested in the older Roy but he seems to be playing her along. Nelson had recently bought the local radio station from Walden and goes into a rage when he learns that the business man has sold his loan to the bank and arranged for it to call in his loan. When Walden is found murdered, hit over the head with a plant pot in his nursery, Nelson Tarr is charged with murder and Perry Mason defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

9 May 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Melinda Tarr: Roy Mooney, I think you're positively the most loathsome person I know!
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I know that my baby's cheating on me
24 January 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Robert Bray is a wealthy and troubled man, he knows that his wife, former film starlet Diane Brewster is cheating on him, but who is the question. He's settled on Joe Maross who recently purchased the town radio station from Bray. So Bray decides to fix his wagon by getting the bank to call in the loan Maross used to buy the station. That gives Maross enough reason to want to murder Bray and need the services of Perry Mason.

The murder weapon was potter and Bray was killed in his greenhouse. Right at the beginning Raymond Burr in his cross examination of the medical examiner elicits that the high temperature that the greenhouse was kept in could have skewered the time of death. That opens the field to any number of possible suspects including Davey Davison Maross's daughter who discovered the body.

Here's a hint, the perpetrator is someone who was looking to benefit from what Bray was doing to skirt California's famous community property laws. And it's not who you think.

This was a really clever Perry Mason episode.

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