Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Avenging Angel 

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Perry is hired to help foster the career of singer Sandy Chester. The man hiring Perry wants his name kept secret. Perry contacts Clete Hawley to do the job but Clete's actions cause him to regret it. Sandy is charged when Clete is killed.


Jerry Hopper


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Lawrence L. Goldman (as Lawrence Louis Goldman)


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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
Dan Tobin ... Terrance Clay
Richard Carlson ... Clete Hawley
Sue Ane Langdon ... Dotty Merrill
Lurene Tuttle ... Henny McLeod
Chick Chandler ... Riff Lawler
Paul Stewart ... Cameron Burgess
Martin Horsey Martin Horsey ... Sandy Chester
Patricia Owens ... June Burgess
Sandy Descher ... Sherry Lawler
Douglas Evans Douglas Evans ... Judge
Michael McGiveney Michael McGiveney ... Technician


Perry Mason has been asked by his wealthy client, Cameron Burgess, to act as a go-between in making arrangements for a young man, Sandy Chester, to become a pop star. Sandy sings at a small club run by Henny McLeod, an old time entertainer, who has taken Sandy under her wing. Cameron gives Perry $5000 to hire an agent, Clete Hawley, but has instructed Perry that he wishes to remain anonymous. Hawley is a wheeler-dealer in the music industry claiming he can turn anyone into a star. He also takes advantage of his clients and has a reputation of ruining the careers of anyone who crosses him. He's also used blackmail and forced a talented song writer, Riff Lawler, to work for him for nearly nothing. When Riff's daughter pulls a stunt to have Sandy sing Riff's new song which becomes a hit, Clete forces Riff to turn all rights to the song over to him. Perry becomes disenchanted with Clete so he tries to persuade Cameron to drop Clete but Cameron is unwilling and unable. It's no surprise ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

13 March 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This was Sandy Descher's final role. See more »


When the character Clete Hawley is thumbing through and reviewing a pad of supposed album cover artwork, he expresses that the first submission "looks nice", but as he flips to the second page, it can be clearly seen that the "cover" he was looking at was a blank page. See more »


[first lines]
Henny McLeod: Glad to have you with us.
Della Street: Thank you.
Henny McLeod: No hard liquor, you understand. Mostly teenagers here.
Perry Mason: Of course.
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After further review-- the mystery was not that bad
4 February 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Even with the cheesy singing and the poor acting by a so-called British pop star, the mystery was good enough to uphold the entertainment value of a 'Perry Mason' episode. If you can by-pass the singing and concentrate on the adults interactions then this episode is really not as bad as some have suggest.

The story centers around a young British singer named Sandy Chester. For some reason a wealthy man, Cameron Burgess, calls Perry Mason and wants to financially support the young Sandy in trying to get started in the music profession. Burgess get Mason to hire a rough cad of an agent named Clete Hawley. Hawley is the type of guy that would sell his mother's house right out from under her if the money was right.

Hawley does do some good things for Sandy until he starts control everything in his life. When Hawley finds out who is financially backing the singer, he naturally sees dollar signs in his eyes. But with nearly everyone disliking Hawley, there is a cast full of suspects when they find Hawley dead from being stabbed by a pair of scissors. But the person found in the dead man's room is none other than Sandy Chester. Perry will defend the young singer in court for the charge of murder.

There is a lot going on in this episode. Facts about the early years of Sandy's life is revealed- the way Hawley treated his employees are revealed- plus secrets are explained. It all comes down to Perry's courtroom examination that the true murderer is found. Try to by-pass the singing and this is not a bad mystery.

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