Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Golfer's Gambit 

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Jim Harrell is an aspiring pro at a golf club who must contend with the current pro, Chick Farley, who was kicked off the professional circuit for his behavior. Chick is killed with Jim's club after threatening Jim with blackmail.

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Jesse Hibbs

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Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Orville H. Hampton (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Richard Anderson ... Police Lt. Steve Drumm
Carl Reindel Carl Reindel ... Danny Bright
Nancy Kovack ... Dina Brandt
Harry Townes ... Erwin Brandt
Phyllis Hill Phyllis Hill ... Alma Farley
Dennis Patrick ... Chick Farley
Don Dubbins ... Asst. D.A. Bill Vincent
Alan Reed Jr. Alan Reed Jr. ... Jim Harrell
Bartlett Robinson ... Edward 'Pat' Patterson
Gertrude Flynn ... Rosalind - Mrs. Hedrick
Regina Gleason ... Rosalie
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Chick Farley is the pro at the local Pine Hills golf club. A onetime touring pro, Farley has made a lot of enemies. He's a boozer and a carouser, much to his wife Alma's regret, and he owes money to several members. He has his current job based on the reputation of Alma, who was an aspiring golfer herself but now drinks heavily. He wins the club's Invitation Tournament on a technical rule violation by Jim Harrell. The more junior pro at the club, Jim Harrell finds that $3000 worth of equipment is missing from the pro shop and he's sure it's a case of Farley pocketing the proceeds. However, he made the mistake of waiting two weeks to report the loss which makes Jim look guilt according to Chick. The club chairman would like nothing better than to see him fired and club member Irwin Brandt is tired of the constant passes he makes at his beautiful wife, Dina Brandt. It's no surprise when Farley is found dead but when the police arrest Jim Harrell, Perry gets an anonymous envelope with ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1966 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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After 8½ seasons of Perry Mason's wavy-haired pompadour hair style, this is the first of the series' remaining thirteen shows in which Mason's hair is noticeably straighter, shorter and parted on the left, and combed straight to the side. Perhaps this was to make Raymond Burr appear slimmer, as his chronic battle with his weight was slowly being lost. See more »

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Announcer: The drama is reaching its climax, ladies and gentleman. It's the championship playoff round and only one stroke separates these two fine pros, Chick Farley and Jimmy Harrell. But there's more to the drama than that. It's the classic situation, youth versus age, teacher versus pupil, for with that 20-foot birdie putt, young Jimmy Harrell comes to the 17th tee holding a one-stroke margin over his boss, Chick Farley.
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So a guy named 'Chick' is killed. - It can't be all bad
11 January 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes where no tears were shed for the person murdered. In fact I think the person that murdered the victim should have received an reward instead of mandatory jail time.

The mystery centers around a louse named Chick Farley (Dennis Patrick). Seems Chick use to be a pro golfer until he was thrown out because of some issue that disqualified him from playing. Due to his wife, a former women's champion, he is a member and president of Pine Hills Country Club. This is a person that will sell his soul just to be able to win a friendly round of golf.

He has ticked off nearly everyone he knows. He runs around on his wife, he steals from the pro shop, he is blackmailing the manager and has a caddie that is an ex-con that he threatens with sending him back to prison. Just an all around poor guy.

One evening he is hit over the head with a golf club belonging to Jim Harrell (Alan Reed Jr). Mr Harrell had already threatened Chick - and when the police arrived he is holding the golf club that was used as the murder weapon. In comes Perry, with a new hair-do, to saved Jim Harrell from the gas chamber.

This is a fairly good 'who-done-it' show with many suspects. I mean at least five people had a good motive in wanting to see the end of Mr Chick Farley. So the writers play this little mystery like a grand piano. A good watch for viewers and one where someone makes a bad oral mistake on the witness-stand.

Note- Perry is sporting a brand new hair-do for this show. Looks like he was already getting into the Ironside hair style. ---Plus in this episode Hamilton Burger is called to the stand to give testimony. He was a member of the Pine Hills Country Club and had first hand knowledge of some events.


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