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

Roy Comstock is handling the finances in a real estate deal with Peter Brent. However, his divorce has distracted him so Peter is worried about losing his land. Roy supposedly commits suicide but Peter is charged with his murder.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Robb White


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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 ... Lt. Tragg
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Anderson
Julie Adams ... Valerie Comstock
John Conte John Conte ... Roy Comstock
Carleton Carpenter ... Peter Brent
Richard Jaeckel ... Willie
Maura McGiveney Maura McGiveney ... Gloria Winters
Marvin Miller ... F. J. Weatherby
John Gallaudet ... Judge
Stewart Bradley Stewart Bradley ... Bill Vaughan
Audrey Caire Audrey Caire ... Polly Vaughan


After Roy Comstock's wife, Valerie, divorces him getting a house, the boat and $350,000, his company Comstock Construction seems to go bankrupt. Soon after, Roy Comstock disappears with company executive Peter Brent left holding the bag. Brent had put up some of his land, 50 acres of prime oceanfront property near Cape Canaveral, as collateral for a company loan. Comstock's lawyer, F.J. Weatherby, has no idea where Roy Comstock might be and Peter approaches Perry Mason for assistance. Peter locates Comstock and they argue but Roy has left a suicide note saying he will drown himself and is now believed dead. Peter was seen jumping on the boat with Roy as Roy leaves the dock. It's all a scam being perpetrated by Roy and Valerie Comstock. When Roy is found dead however, it's Peter Brent who is charged with his murder and Perry defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

4 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The $50,000 spent on a home in 1962 would be $402,386.67 in 2017. See more »


Whilst Roy Comstock is making his getaway on his ex-wife's boat, Peter Brent scrambles aboard to prevent him from leaving the dock; Comstock punches Brent in the gut, but Brent reacts before the punch makes contact. See more »


[first lines]
Gloria Winters: [on phone] I'm sorry, sir. Mr. Comstock is out.
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"The courts would call it collusion, wouldn't they?"
17 January 2019 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

After the incredible episode preceding this, "the case of the velvet claws", this episode appears to be a dénouement. But it is highly enjoyable especially with one of the best character actresses that appears to be in every other episode of this show, Julie Adams, who earlier portrayed a woman facing the gas chamber at "10 o'clock in the morning" (TCOT Deadly Verdict)

But there is one little word in this episode that is important. A word, that if we were to believe certain people who were formally mayors of New York City, he would have us think that it is not a crime. But it is a crime.

Because Perry Mason isn't just a fictional character, and the TV shows and novels and movies that were made about him weren't simply courtroom entertainment. The television series especially dealt with very real crimes and used very real words for crimes. After watching a number of interviews with Barbara Hale, it was apparent that this show was very much the embodiment of Erle Stanley Gardner. Who, before he decided to write about crime with the character of Perry Mason, he actually was a lawyer.

And this TV show isn't just about a character that he created, he was very much involved with every episode of ether show.

So when at 13 minutes and 10 seconds into this episode Della asks about the crime of collusion, that is how we know that collusion is not just a word being used by "mainstream media", or by anybody sitting in the White House claiming that "collusion is not a crime". Collusion is a crime, something that a court can find you guilty of.

That elevates this meager episode up to the point of being very relevant to the issues of January 17, 2019.

The other interesting thing about this episode is another appearance of John Conte, from "thousands cheer" and "the man with the golden arm," who was in this series almost as much as Julie Adams was, so they make the perfect collusional couple.

Also look for another appearance of Richard Jaeckel, from "the dirty dozen". Lieutenant Tragg may have made one of his rare season six appearances, with Hamilton Burger prosecuting it always feels like a full deck of cards with Lieutenant Tragg.

But just remember that collusion is a crime, not because it says so in this episode, and not because Erle Stanley Gardner says so, but because the laws of the United States of America say so.

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