Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Shifty Shoebox 

The Case of the Shifty Shoe-Box (original title)
Sylvia Thompson works with a shady manager at a truck depot plus takes care of a young boy and her derelict brother. A robbery attempt followed by a murder at the depot plus the books showing possible theft has Sylvia charged with murder.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Jackson Gillis


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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 ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Constance Ford ... Sylvia Thompson
Benny Baker ... John Flickinger
Bill Mumy ... Miles (as Billy Mumy)
Denver Pyle ... Frank Honer
Joseph Sirola ... Bill Sheridan
Ray Teal ... Joe Downing
Diane Ladd ... Miss Frances
Russ Conway ... Deputy Sheriff
Willis Bouchey ... Judge
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Night Man


John 'Uncle Flick' Flickinger breaks into the office of the Honer and Downing Trucking Company and, during a fight, a gun goes off. As he escapes, he throws a gun over the fence, where it is later found and hidden in a shoe-box by Miles, the foster nephew of Flick and his sister, Sylvia Thompson. Sylvia, branch bookkeeper for the trucking company, tells co-owner Joe Downing that $4,000 is missing from the office but both Downing and the other owner, Frank Honer, believe much more money has been disappearing from the branch in recent months and are particularly suspicious of Bill Sheridan, the branch manager, whom she has also been romantically involved with. Panicking over Honer and Downing's suspicions, Sylvia, while looking for Miles, opens the shoe-box in which the boy, Miles, had placed the gun but the box happens to be empty. Still, Sylvia is charged with murder after Downing is killed and she is seen running from the scene and Perry defends her. Perry's bond with Miles may be a ... Written by rbecker28

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

3 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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The Case of the Shifty Shoebox See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Miles is told to go watch TV by his "Aunt' Sylvia, it sounds like he is watching an episode of "Gunsmoke (1955)." You can hear the voices of Matt Dillon and Doc Adams. See more »


When Miles is sent to his room by Uncle Flick, he fixes the bed, shuts the door, and right before he climbs out the window, he goes to turn off the light. The lights go off before he turns the lamp switch. See more »


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Harry, Night Watchman: Hey. Who's out here?
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Title in the opening credits is listed as The Case of the Shifty Shoe-Box. See more »

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Billy brings a gun to court
12 February 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of Perry Mason is marked by young Billy Mumy who has hidden a gun which is the murder weapon in the case for which his 'aunt' Constance Ford is being tried. Quite a dramatic thing where while the trial is going on, Mumy brings in the gun in the shoe box and drops it. Of course William Talman tests it and finds it is indeed the murder weapon which killed her boss Ray Teal. But who fired it.

Teal and Denver Pyle are partners in a trucking company and Teal is down going through the books and finds it $50,000.00 short. An attempt is made to rob the place by Benny Baker who is Ford's brother and who is no better than he ought to be.

There is a limited number of suspects here even if you count Mumy. Which makes the killer rather obvious. Also the whereabouts of the killer are assumed at first and that was a mistake all around.

After Billy Mumy's dramatic entrance with that evidence, the issue is decided informally between Perry Mason and Hamilton Burger, but the culprit is unmasked.

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