Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Bartered Bikini 

A model is charged with murdering a fashion designer after trying to recover documents showing they had an affair. In addition she was found with drawings of the new fashions which are being stolen from the company to make knockoffs.


Arthur Hiller


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Jackson Gillis (story) | 1 more credit »

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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
John Lupton ... Wally Dunbar
June Vincent ... Madge Wainwright
Rita Lynn Rita Lynn ... Lisa Ferrand
Terry Huntingdon Terry Huntingdon ... Kitty Wynne
Paul Langton ... Simon Atley
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Rick Stassi
John Anderson ... Bud Ferrand
Victor Rodman Victor Rodman ... Miller - Night Watchman
Herbert Patterson Herbert Patterson ... Det. Sgt. Macready
Richard Gaines ... Judge


Madge Wainwright, owner of an exclusive women's wear store, sees cheap knockoffs of designs she is selling for big bucks and complains irately to fashion house owner Wally Dunbar and chief designer Rick Stassi, who decide to scrap their previous work and create new designs with model Kitty Wynne as the focus. Madge and Rick were once an item. Wally is seeing Kitty, who also has a history with Rick. Assistant designer Lisa Ferrand wants Rick, but he spurns her. Lisa's husband, photographer and lush Bud Ferrand, shoots a series of Kitty in the new designs. Wally discusses design security with Perry Mason, who assigns the case to Paul Drake, who follows Kitty to Rick's house and finds sketches of the new designs in her car. Newspaper ads appear for a competitor with the new Dunbar designs. Rick is killed and Kitty charged with murder. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

5 December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Case of the Bartered Bikini See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Lupton and Stephen Bekassy appeared together previously in the 1954 MGM movie, "Prisoner of War." See more »


The outburst by the accused goes unaddressed by the judge. Judges always warn anyone who talks out-loud or yells when not being talked to by either an attorney or the judge. See more »


[first lines]
Madge Wainwright: Twenty-seven fifty. There it was, simply shrieking at me. Every single line the same, every pleat, every button. And there I stood in your... Your precious Dunbar original, that you wanted me to palm off on my customers for two-hundred dollars.
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This is where we need fashion police
17 September 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Someone is stealing the fashion designs for the new spring line for John Lupton. His competitor Paul Langton is getting them and Lupton cannot stop the leak at his firm. He consults Perry Mason who puts Paul Drake on the case. He finds stolen designs in the possession of Lupton's girl friend and model Rita Huntingdon. And it's Rita who is charged with the murder of designer Stephen Bekassy who is pulling all kinds of doublecrosses, personal and business wise.

The usual assortment of suspects are present and Bekassy is the kind of guy that all kinds of people would have a motive to kill. The only hint I'll give you is that the eventual real culprit had a motive more personal than business.

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