Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Golden Fraud 

Sylvia Welles asks Rip Conners to bug her apartment to make a bogus tape as a joke. She asks Richard Vanaman over to explain an investment prospectus. He discovers the bug and makes threatening remarks, but Welles blames it on her husband.


Herbert Hirschman


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Robert C. Dennis (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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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
Arthur Franz ... Richard Vanaman
Alan Hewitt ... Fred Petrie
June Dayton ... Frances Vanaman
Neil Hamilton ... Henry Noble
Alex Gerry ... Elliott Hale
Patricia Huston ... Doris Petrie
Joyce Meadows ... Sylvia Welles
Asa Maynor ... Bunny Lee
David Sheiner ... Rip Conners
S. John Launer ... Judge


Sylvia Welles hires Rip Conners to wire her apartment to tape conversations and use the result to make a spliced version as a joke to embarrass a friend. Richard Vanaman has been working on a financial plan for Sylvia to invest $250,000. After receiving a call from Sylvia, he delays going out with his wife to go to her apartment. While there he finds that she was bugging their conversation. He leaves in a huff but when he gets home, he realizes that a valuable gold coin he always carried with him was missing. Assuming it dropped out of his pocket, he returned to Wells' apartment only to find her dead. He was seen by the apartment building manager and now it's being reported in the newspapers that someone used the gold coin in a parking meter. Fearing that he may be arrested for murder, Richard Vanaman seeks help from Perry Mason. Richard is arrested and charged with murder but Perry soon realizes there are several people who may have had reason to commit murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

21 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Case of the Golden Fraud See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The midpoint scene with Della Street and Rip Conners uses Alexander Borodin's String Quartet No. 2 in D Major. See more »


[first lines]
Rip Conners: Hello. Are you Miss Welles?
Sylvia Welles: Come in, Mr. Conners.
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The Old Badger Game
17 September 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Perry Mason episode is borrowed in part from the famous 20th Century Fox film A Woman's World. That's the one where Clifton Webb is looking to promote one of three executives to a Vice Presidency and invites the three with their wives to put them through their paces.

Neil Hamilton doesn't quite do that but he lets it be known that the next promotion is between Alan Hewitt and Arthur Franz in his brokerage house. Good enough for the men, but Hewitt is married to Patricia Huston who wants that job and prestige and money that go with it. She hires Joyce Meadows to play a prospective investor who gets Franz to make housecalls to discuss the investment portfolio to be. Then she bugs the room and edits a tape trying the old badger game. It's Meadows that winds up dead and Franz in the jackpot needing the services of Raymond Burr.

Some juicy parts for women are featured in this crackerjack Perry Mason story. Meadows and Huston are terrific as a pair of ruthless women and they dominate the story.

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