Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Flighty Father 

After funeral services for Louise Holbrook, her daughter, ten million dollar heiress Trudy, meets a man who claims to be her father, long gone Jay Holbrook. The family head, old Cousin Lawrence King, is blind and cannot identify Holbrook.


William D. Russell


Erle Stanley Gardner (creator), Jackson Gillis


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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
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Anne Benton Anne Benton ... Trudy Holbrook
Hayden Rorke ... Jay Holbrook #1
Francis X. Bushman ... Lawrence King
Henry Beckman ... David
William Allyn William Allyn ... Wally Harper
Berry Kroeger ... Donald J. Evanson
Francis De Sales ... Holbrook #2
Dan Riss ... Peter Sample
Grandon Rhodes ... Judge
Tom Fadden ... Gus Nickels


When her mother dies, Trudy Holbrook who is turning eighteen will inherit a $10,000,000 fortune. After noticing a stranger first at the funeral and then outside her estate, she confronts him and he says he is Jay Holbrook, her father. She takes an immediate liking to him but there is no one around anymore who can recognize him. Trudy's elderly cousin Lawrence King is now quite elderly and has gone blind and he is only person who could identify him. Lawrence King however detested him and hires a detective to look into Jay's story. He comes across another man who also claims to be Jay Holbrook. After the second Jay Holbrook arrival is announced in the paper, Lawrence is found murdered. One of the cousins admits seeing Trudy running out of her Uncle's home and racing away in her car. The poker used to kill him is found hidden in her car with her fingerprints on it. Trudy is charged with murder and it's left to Perry Mason to first sort out who of the two men is her father and who might ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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11 June 1960 (USA) See more »

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The Case of the Flighty Father See more »

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This segment employs the opening credits sequence that has a freeze-frame after Perry receives the papers from the judge, omitting the shots displaying the supporting quartet of regular players, that was used when Talman or Collins were not in the cast, yet all four of them do appear in their respective roles. See more »


In demonstrating how Donald Evanson could not have stayed in his office the night of the murder as he had claimed, Mason noted that there was a difference of 42 miles between the mileage shown on the "grease" sticker Evanson had received earlier that day and the current mileage. However, Mason said that he had obtained that mileage reading from the speedometer - mileage is shown on the odometer. See more »


[first lines]
David: Oh, Miss Trudy? the car's ready.
Trudy Holbrook: Here I am, David. Let's go.
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Not one father, but two
29 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Silent screen star Francis X. Bushman made the first of three appearances on the Perry Mason show. He plays a super rich millionaire zealously guarding the family fortune for its heir teen Anne Benton. Benton has just buried her mother when Hayden Rorke showed up claiming to be in her father. And he's convinced her of that fact.

The rest of the family springs into action and find another guy Francis DeSales also claiming to be Benton's father. Bushman who is now blind might be able to settle it, but he winds up bludgeoned to death with the ever handy fire place poker.

To win this one Raymond Burr has to settle the estate claims as well as prove his client innocent. Do you doubt he can and does?

The perpetrator turns out to be the least likely character as that person has no apparent stake. Nevertheless Burr nails the guilty party.

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