Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Lover's Gamble 

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Betty Kaster is offered the chance to live with her professor and his wife, who is recovering from an accident. She becomes suspicious that he may try to harm his wife who is set to inherit $2,000,000. When he is murdered, she is charged.


Harry Harris


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), 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 ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Elizabeth Perry Elizabeth Perry ... Estelle Mabury
Harold Peary ... Freddy Fell (as Hal Peary)
Margaret Blye ... Betty Kaster (as Margaret Bly)
Donald Murphy Donald Murphy ... Dr. Philip Stark
Joan O'Brien ... Jill Fenwick
Roy Roberts ... Henry Thomas
June Dayton ... Frances Stark
Linda Leighton ... Sarah Thomas
Grandon Rhodes ... Judge


After a car crash results in the death of a truck driver and severe injuries to his wife, Frances, art critic Philip Stark moves into a new home in Los Angeles. His wife is bedridden and he is pleased when art student Betty Kaster drops by and he quickly offers her a job as a caregiver for Frances. She is convinced that he is out to kill his wife and goes to see Della, who she had met when Della gave a seminar at her school, to ask about reciprocal wills. When introduced to Perry, she changes her mind and leaves the office. On the street, when she sees Philip kissing an attractive blond, she becomes seriously concerned and rushes home. There she receives a call from Perry who, based on some calls he made, is concerned. It all takes an interesting twist when Betty finds Philip dead in Frances' bed with the recovering woman nowhere to be found. Paul Drake is soon on the case and he keeps running into one roadblock after another. Betty is charged with his murder and its left to Perry to ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

18 February 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The painting of Perry Mason shown at the end of the episode was actually sketched by Barbara Hale-an artist who actually studied art. See more »


[first lines]
[two men walking to a truck at night, in a heavy rain storm]
First Truck Driver: Your going west? You're crazy!
Second Truck Driver: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
First Truck Driver: You wanna bet you hit snow? Wanna bet you hit wind?
Second Truck Driver: You wanna bet I hit a cow?
First Truck Driver: Buffalo, man. Buffalo.
Second Truck Driver: hen gangway, Injuns, we're coming through the pass.
First Truck Driver: Icicles is what you'll get. Injuns with icicles running off their nose. Icicles running off your windshield.
Second Truck Driver: Buddy, all there is to hit on a night like this is a darn fool holiday tourist.
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A FUN Installment for Mason Fans...
11 December 2018 | by edrybaaudioSee all my reviews

...And this show contains a real treat which WILL be completely missed by younger fans. That treat is none other than Hal (Harold in the credits) Peary, known to older viewers (and to those who know the history of TV, Radio, and Films) as "The Great Gildersleeve". Just look up that title in the pages of IMDB.

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