Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Surplus Suitor 

Hollis Wilburn's main problem is deciding between two beaus who are also after a franchise from her uncle. Her problems grow when her uncle is first blackmailed and then murdered. Being in line to inherit his estate, she 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
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Walter Pidgeon ... Sherman Hatfield
Joyce Bulifant ... Hollis Wilburn
James Best ... Martin Potter
Carl Benton Reid ... John Wilburn
Nellie Burt Nellie Burt ... Mrs. Abernathy
Linden Chiles ... Vernon Elliot
Andrea King ... Jean Crewe
Hayden Rorke ... Gage McKinney
John Siegfried John Siegfried ... Alex Gaussner


Hollis Wilburn is an attractive if somewhat empty-headed young woman who lives with her uncle John Wilburn. She's something of an heiress owning 15% of her uncle's business. She has two young men interested in her, Martin Potter and Alex Gaussner, but can't quite decide between them. Both are also trying to get product franchises for Europe from her uncle so she isn't even sure is if it's really her that their interested in. She has access to her uncle's office safe as he asked her to retrieve documents from it due to a weak heart. Afterwards Wilburn receives a call attempting to blackmail him over a Swiss bank book taken from his safe. Upset, he takes step to find the blackmailer and accuses Hollis of giving the combination to the safe to someone. After he is found dead in his home office, she learns there is a holographic will leaving her everything should he die. Hollis charged with murder turns to corporate lawyer Sherman Hatfield for help. With Perry Mason recovering from an ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

28 February 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode doesn't have Perry Mason in it, while he does appear briefly in a phone call scene he is not the primary focus. This was likely due to scheduling though there is a reference to him 'convalescing' perhaps referring to a previous episode. Great show regardless amazing how well done this show is, always done very consistently. See more »


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When I'm truly surprised
14 January 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Some original writing and a culprit that I never suspected of doing the murder of tycoon Carl Benton Reid characterize this Perry Mason episode with Walter Pidgeon as the pinch hitting lawyer in this series of programs done while Raymond Burr was on the mend.

Joyce Bullifant is an airheaded ditzy heiress the kind that were popular in the Thirties screwball comedies is the niece of Reid and Reid is also her legal guardian. She has 15% of his company and could get more if the aging and unhealthy Reid dies. And she's one of a select group of people who know the combination of her uncle's safe. He keeps a lot of cash there, he likes to do business that way and he's paying off a blackmailer.

She has two suitors John Siegfried and James Best and Pidgeon's own assistant Linden Chiles is got a thing for her as well. That together with associates and business rivals gives us your usual stew of suspects.

My rule for a good Perry Mason is I have to be truly surprised and indeed I was. I think you will be too.

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