Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Bashful Burro 

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Perry, looking for a roving prospector as a witness, runs into a young couple working a worthless gold mine. Their neighbor wants to buy the property but they refuse to sell. When the neighbor is murdered, the young owner is charged.


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Jonathan Latimer


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... D.A. Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Ray Stricklyn ... Gerald Norton
Elisabeth Fraser ... Hazel Bascombe
George Mitchell ... Amos Catledge
Sue George Sue George ... Sally Norton
Ben Wright ... Crawford Wright
Charles Bateman ... Roy Dowson
Hugh Sanders ... Ken Bascombe
Wendell Holmes Wendell Holmes ... District Attorney Williams
John Pickard ... Sheriff Keller
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Judge


Gerald and Sally Norton own an old mine, which they refuse to sell to rancher Ken Bascombe, who wants the property for its available water supply. Someone shoots up the Nortons' campfire, and a ghostly voice warns them to get out. Prospector Amos Catledge arrives with his diffident donkey Sheba, reporting that he saw Bascombe galloping away. Meanwhile, foreman Roy Dowson is having an affair with Bascombe's wife Hazel. Coincidentally, Perry Mason is in town to question Amos and talks with the assayer, Crawford Wright, about where to find Amos. The assayer introduces Perry to Gerry who tells Perry Amos is camped at their place. After another attack, Gerald takes matters into his own hands. He finds Bascombe's body, shot in the back. The murder weapon turns out to be Gerald's rifle, and he is charged with murder. Amos disappears and Perry has to depose Sheba to get to the bottom of things. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

26 March 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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For some odd reason, several reaction shots of Amos Catledge in the courtroom are stills. See more »


[first lines]
Ken Bascombe: Afternoon, Mrs. Norton.
Sally Norton: Mr. Bascombe.
Ken Bascombe: Your, uh, husband anywhere around?
Sally Norton: He's in the mine.
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Sheba nails the perpetrator
18 September 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

With the assistance of a burro named Sheba, Perry Mason is able to nail the murderer in this episode of the series which moves Perry out of Los Angeles and into northern California and the mining country. Of course even without Hamilton Burger as his foe, Perry does just fine in the rural courtroom setting. Fortunately for the defendant Raymond Burr happened to be in the area on other business.

Ray Stricklyn and Sue George are a young married pair who are working an old and supposedly played out mine left by Stricklyn's uncle. Rancher Hugh Sanders wants the property bad for water rights connected to said property. Later when he's shot Stricklyn is looking good for it.

Because a certain witness is missing and in a kind of reverse disguise the defense bogs down. That is until Perry Mason calls the burro Sheba as a witness. In true animal fashion she identifies the missing witness and from there Burr brings home another acquittal.

The burro scene was amusing and that makes this episode worth a look. Without it though, it's one of the weaker Perry Mason shows.

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