On his way to a few days of fishing with Paul Drake, Perry Mason stops off to get his client, Richard Bayler, to sign some legal papers. They arrive to learn that Bayler's wife, Elaine, was shot while she was sitting in her car. Bayler has already decided who the guilty party is: Donald Hobart, an aspiring songwriter whom Elaine was supporting financially. There was more than just a hint of jealousy on Bayler's part but, according to Hobart's girlfriend, Cynthia Perkins, there was nothing going on between them. Perry, upset at Bayler's attempt to railroad Hobart, returns Bayler's retainer. Paul investigates the murder scene, running into the very helpful local, Aaron Chambers. However, Chambers turns out to be the local forensics expert for the sheriff's department. Based on the evidence the two of them find, Hobart is released and his girlfriend Cynthia is arrested for the murder. With Cynthia accused of the murder, Perry agrees to defend her.
Did You Know?
The popular song "Downtown" was playing in the background when Perry was at a dance club questioning people. See more
In the opening scene Elaine Bayler is driving in a convertible with the top down. But in the close-ups, there is no sign of any wind disturbing her hair, revealing that it's an in-studio rear screen setup. See more
[after being forced off the road
You scared the devil out of me, Moose.
Sheriff Moose Dalton
Nobody ever got the devil out of you. You're all devil.