Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Crying Comedian 

Comedian Charlie Hatch has made it big and now wants to protect his girlfriend who married a man who confined her to a sanitarium to take control of her money. After threatening to kill the man, he is found murdered and Charlie is charged.


Arthur Marks


Robert C. Dennis, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street (credit only)
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Tommy Noonan ... Charlie Hatch
Jackie Coogan ... Elwood P. 'Gunner' Grimes
Gloria Talbott ... Anne Gilrain
Sue Ane Langdon ... Rowena Leach
Med Flory ... Sgt. McVey
Stacy Harris ... Ed Brigham
Liam Sullivan ... Thomas H. (Tom) Gilrain
John Gallaudet ... Judge
Nestor Paiva ... Nico
John Alvin ... Assistant Bank Manager


Nightclub comedian Charlie Hatch is in love with the married Anne Gilrain, a severe alcoholic whose marriage to Tom Gilrain is on the rocks. Charlie hires Perry Mason after he hears Anne's husband had her committed to a sanitarium but, not satisfied with the advice Perry gives him, he leaves saying he will settle the matter his way. After Anne escapes from the sanitarium, she goes to her husband's apartment where she tries to contact Charlie's bodyguard, Grimes. Her husband walks in on her finding her on the phone waiting to talk to Grimes. She escapes his apartment so he visits Hatch's dressing room to warn Hatch to stay away. Hatch finds Anne later in a restaurant where he threatens Gilrain when he shows up to take his wife away. When Gilrain is killed, Hatch is more than happy to be charged with murder thinking that he will be found innocent thereby making it unlikely that Anne would be later charged with the crime. It begins to look bad for Charlie when Rowena Leach, Grimes' ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

14 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Med Flory, who plays police Sgt. McVey, plays US Army Capt. McVey in Perry Mason: The Case of the Misguided Missile (1961) only five months before. See more »


The first time we see him, he is introduced as Lt. McVey and is referred to as Lieutenant in the show but he is listed as Sgt. McVey in the credits. See more »


Perry Mason: Almost anyone is capable of a crime under certain circumstances.
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Paul Drake finds good food without Perry's help.
21 February 2019 | by gkimmarygleimSee all my reviews

I believe the drive-in restaurant that Paul Drake and Anne Gilrain (Gloria Talbot) have a short scene at was Hody's Drive-In on Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. Good pictures can be found on Google.

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