Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Guilty Clients 

Jeff Bronson's aircraft company is betting on the success of a new plane but after it crashes in a test flight, attention becomes focused on the test pilot's actions who is seeing Jeff's ex-wife. When he is murdered, Jeff is charged.


Lewis Allen


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Jonathan Latimer

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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
Lisa Gaye ... Lola Bronson
Charles Bateman ... Jeff Bronson
Guy Mitchell ... Bill Ryder
Faith Domergue ... Conception O'Higgins
Barbara Stuart ... Violet Ryder
Alan Bunce ... Courtney Patton
William Mims William Mims ... Leander Walker
Ben Wright ... Clarence Keller
Grandon Rhodes ... Divorce Judge
Sydney Smith ... Judge Abernathy


Jeff and Lola Bronson go through a bitter divorce, with Jeff giving her an equity position in his aviation firm which he has an option to buy from her. They are about to test a new aircraft design with test pilot Bill Ryder, having only one more series of tests left to undertake. It doesn't go well and Bill has to parachute to safety while the plane crashes. On the side, Leander Walker wants to buy into the company but Jeff wants nothing to do with him due to his reputation for taking over companies. Violet Ryder thinks her husband may have been having an affair with Lola. She and Lola both believe Bill caused the test failure for money and confront him about it. It's no surprise, therefore, when the test pilot is found dead and Jeff is charged with murder. Perry defends him but, when the case starts to look bed for him, Lola stands up in court and says she did it, to which Jeff replies that he's the one who did it. Perry thinks they're both innocent. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

10 June 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Bill is on the test flight and dives the plane towards the ground, there are two separate shots of the plane diving with clouds in the background. Even though the shots are 30 seconds apart, the same footage is used. See more »


[first lines]
Conception O'Higgins: And that was not the only time he struck her. Oh, no. Again, not long afterwards, when they were having guests for an out-of door... barbering?
Divorce Judge: Barbecue?
Conception O'Higgins: Yes. Thank you. Barbecue.
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Lots of falsehoods in this story
20 September 2016 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

For the last show in season 4, the episode begins in a divorce proceeding between Jeff and Lola Bronson where the judge is going to rule on motions. Perry just happens to be in the spectator area as he is there representing the shareholders in an aviation company that Jeff seems to head. With the aviation company ready to fly a new prototype aircraft that could transform aircraft design, the shares of the company could make much money.

Anyway after what seemed to be a nasty proceeding, the aircraft is ready for flight. But during the test the pilot, Bill Ryder, has trouble with the plane and is forced to parachute to safety as the plane slams into the ground.

Later Lola Bronson gets word that Bill may have sabotaged the flight. She goes to confront him to make him confess. While holding a gun toward Bill a struggle happens and the gun fires. Bill falls to the floor. Jeff Bronson gets word, from a source, that Lola has killed Bill. Now Jeff goes to the house and cleans all evidence of Lola and also tries to make the scene into a robbery situation. It is no time before Jeff is pointed out as being at the house and charged with murder. Perry, with help from Paul, will have to fight through all the lies and falsehoods in this story to get to the truth of the matter.

This was not a unique story as the plot of shareholders has been played a few times in the series. What made it different was the players in the story. The concept of two people in a divorce situation made the show much more enjoyable as lies are told to protect each other when at the beginning of the episode they were at each other throat. Good watch.

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