Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde 

Diana Reynolds arrives at Mason's office wearing a black eye concerned about her boss' grandson Bobby Carter. Marian Shaw, Diana's former roommate, also concerned with the grandson, is murdered at the Carter residence and Diana is charged.


Roger Kay


Erle Stanley Gardner (novel), Gene Wang (teleplay)


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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
Whitney Blake ... Diana Reynolds
Irene Hervey ... Helen Bartlett
R.G. Armstrong ... Matthew Bartlett
Ludwig Stössel ... Otto Kessler (as Ludwig Stossel)
Jan Merlin ... Tony Davis
Phyllis Coates ... Norma Carter
Rachel Ames ... Marian Shaw (as Judith Ames)
Grandon Rhodes ... Judge
Francis De Sales ... Dr. Rose
Jack Lomas Jack Lomas ... Sgt. Brewster


When Marian Shaw returns to her apartment she tells her roommate Diana Reynolds to move out. When Diana refuses, Marian pulls a gun which goes off during their fight. Later, Diana Reynolds hires Perry Mason after being accused of theft and losing her job. She's also sporting a black eye. Diana was working for the wealthy Bartlett family and was involved with patriarch Matthew Bartlett's stepson, Tony Davis. Tony's mother Helen Bartlett claims to have found some of her jewelry in Diana's things and fired her on the spot. Diana had recently become aware that her roommate Marian Shaw was carrying on with Tony as well, but it was Tony who gave her the black eye. To complicate matters further, the elder Bartlett has only recently become aware that he has a grandson and will seemingly do anything to get custody. Tony discovered and stole a letter about the grandson from Diana's desk. When Marian Shaw is murdered however, it's Diana who is charged and Perry defends her. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

14 June 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The image of Don Anderson, an actor who has appeared in many other episodes, both with and without credit, is used as a photograph of the late Robert Bartlett. It appears in the home of Norma. See more »


The murderer dumps the victim's body in his/her own front yard, without there being any good reason for such self-incrimination. See more »


[first lines]
Otto Kessler: Good evening, Miss Shaw. It's a lovely evening, no?
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Deathbed confession
4 August 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

An inordinately complex plot masks a fade out from the real perpetrator that I have never seen before in a Perry Mason story.

Whitney Blake is the Perry Mason client in this episode. As per the title a pretty blond woman comes to his office late at night sporting a black eye. She had a big fight with her roommate and her boyfriend who gave her said black eye.

I'm not quite sure how everybody seemed to everyone here without there necessarily a reason for same. It all involves Blake's employer R.G. Armstrong and the death of his son who married and fathered a five year old boy.

But the perpetrator tries to get away with it with no avail and end up making a deathbed confession. And of course it wasn't Whitney Blake who did the foul deed either time.

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