Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Romantic Rogue 

Stacey Chandler gives Helen Harvey his mother's cameo as an engagement gift but Helen finds out that Stacey is a con man. Irene Wallace tries to involve Stacey in a con game against Helen, but he refuses. Irene is killed and Helen charged.

Director:

William D. Russell

Writers:

Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Gene Wang
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Cast

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
Marion Ross ... Helen Harvey
Albert Linville Albert Linville ... Harry C. West
Sara Haden ... Florence Harvey
John Bryant ... Stacey Chandler
Peggy Maley ... Margo Lawrence
Jean Willes ... Irene Wallace
Jack Daly Jack Daly ... Pete Daniels
Frederick Worlock ... Judge (as Frederic Worlock)
Pitt Herbert ... Autopsy Surgeon
Don Dillaway ... Robert Riley
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Storyline

Helen Harvey is engaged to be married to Stacey Chandler despite her Aunt Florence Harvey's misgivings. She begins to have her own doubts when she receives a copy of a magazine article describing Stacey as a con man. Aunt Florence's husband has been missing for several years and she will soon be seeking court authority to have him declared legally dead. She is convinced that Chandler is only after the money Helen is to inherit as a result. Stacey was working with Margo Lawrence as a partner in the con but he plans to leave her for her own good as he has genuinely fallen for her. Stacey is approached by Irene Wallace who has a cigarette lighter from Helen's missing uncle saying she knows his whereabouts. For $10,000 she will forget about the uncle but Stacey turns the information over to Helen who visits Irene. That doesn't stop Irene, however, as she is working for Helen's Aunt Florence. When Irene is found dead, Helen is charged and Perry defends her. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This plot is closely related to the Erle Stanley Gardner Perry Mason book, "The Case of the Careless Kitten". The TV show sometimes took parts of one ESG book and used them to create multiple shows. See more »

Goofs

When a photo of the missing uncle is shown we see a head portrait of a old man with a dark background in close up, but in longshot, the picture appears to be a full length shot of a younger man, with a white background. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Helen Harvey: Oh, darling, It's lovely.
Stacey Chandler: It belonged to my mother.
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A con game of his own
29 August 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Marion Ross in her ingénue days is the Perry Mason client for this story and she's an heiress living with her aunt Sara Haden. Curious indeed the future Mrs. Cunningham from Happy Days with the former maiden aunt from the Andy Hardy movie series.

Seven years ago Haden's husband and Ross's uncle ran off with another woman and have not been seen or heard from since. As the husband is about to be declared legally dead Ross stands to inherit a lot of money and she's also about to marry John Bryant who is a conman. Haden's about to do anything to prevent that. A woman working for Haden, Jean Willes shows off a locket to a few people and winds up dead.

It's the husband's locket and it's Ross that's arrested. The unmasking of the culprit does not take place in court but in a con game of his own that Raymond Burr has worked out. I do have to say you will feel sorry for the defendant when exposed.

Hopefully Perry Mason will offer his services to a guilty party for once.


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