Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Startled Stallion 

Clara Hammon marries disabled "John Brant", but the bridegroom is really actor Earl Malden. Through a series of crafty moves, the real John Brant has gained control of everything Jo Ann Blanchard and her brother Terry have inherited.


William D. Russell


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
Paul Richards ... Earl Mauldin
Elliott Reid ... Terry Blanchard
Trevor Bardette ... John Brant
Patricia Hardy Patricia Hardy ... Jo Ann Blanchard
Melora Conway Melora Conway ... Clara Hammon
Richard Rust ... Peter White
Harry Tyler ... 'Pop' Abbott
Morris Ankrum ... Trial Judge
Arthur Hanson Arthur Hanson ... Coroner
John Harmon ... Fingerprint Man


Clara Hammon and the wheelchair bound John Brant exit a wedding chapel in Las Vegas after being married but refuse to buy any photos of themselves. After Clara drives them away, John Brant removes his disguise to reveal Earl Mauldin an out of work actor. Later, after a trial run of trotters John Brant reveals he wants the horse from Jo Ann Blanchard and her brother Terry. Jo Ann Blanchard seeks help from Perry Mason when the wealthy John Brant threatens to take control of all of her inheritance including her horse, something that Brant is really after. Brant made an arrangement with their family to keep control of all of their assets due to Terry's excessive spending. When the wheelchair-bound Brant is found dead in the horse's stable, suspicion naturally falls on Jo Ann and she is charged with murder. When it's revealed that Brant supposedly married Clara Hammon, who now claims ownership of the horse in question, Paul Drake digs up some interesting information that points to other ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

31 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Perry looks at a photograph and remarks that the subject's hand does not look like that of an old man. The photograph of 56-year-old actor Trevor Bardette was not retouched, and his hand looks very much like that of an old man. See more »


[first lines]
Clara Hammon: [asking for help to get her wheelchair bound husband into a car] Reverend, would you help my husband, please?
Minister: Of course, Mrs. Brant.
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A horse for the Hambletonian
29 August 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Young Patricia Hardy becomes Perry Mason's client when a trotting horse she raised and who is a contender for the Hambletonian Stakes is stolen by skinflint Trevor Bardette who is in a wheelchair. The old miser thinks he has a contract for the horse. Raymond Burr is ready to sue him when Bardette winds up dead in the stall of the horse. Eventually murder is charged against young Ms. Hardy and it's good she's already retained Perry Mason.

Seeing Bardette I think most would think he deserved it on general principles. In fact before he died Bardette was being set up quite nicely in a fraudulent scheme that involved Hardy's brother Elliott Reid, Bardette's bookkeeper Melora Conway and a second rate ham actor played by Paul Richards. It's quite a scheme which I won't reveal anything about because you have to see this one. One of the cleverest invented by the Perry Mason television writers.

This Mason episode is definitely worth a look.

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