Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Terrified Typist 

A terrified typist rushes into Mason's office pretending to be a temp. The office of the diamond importers on the floor above has been invaded. Later a partner, George Baxter, is killed, and another partner Duane Jefferson is charged.


Andrew V. McLaglen


Erle Stanley Gardner (novel), Robert C. Dennis (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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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
Alan Marshal ... Duane Jefferson (as Alan Marshall)
Joanna Moore ... Patricia Taylor
Joan Elan ... Mrs. Lumis
Ben Wright ... Walter Lumis
Connie Cezon Connie Cezon ... Gertie Lade
Jack Raine ... George Baxter
Kenneth MacDonald ... Judge (as Kenneth R. MacDonald)
Harold Dyrenforth Harold Dyrenforth ... Joseph Henrich (as Harald Dyrenforth)
Hank Patterson ... Jack Gilly
Jack Gargan Jack Gargan ... Court Clerk


Perry Mason is drawn into a strange case when an attractive young woman, Patricia Taylor, arrives at his office claiming to be the temp they requested from an agency. She puts in a days work and Della even compliments her on the quality of her output. She suddenly vanishes, however, and they learn that she wasn't from the agency at all. It turns out she was in the offices of diamond merchants on the floor above Perry's and there may have been a theft. When one of the partners in the diamond business is murdered another partner, Duane Jefferson, is charged. Perry defends him and Jefferson claims to have been in the company of a woman but refuses to identify the married woman's name. Nothing is at it seems however and it's left to Perry to sort out the facts with the help of Della Street and Paul Drake. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

21 June 1958 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The body rolled off the pier is obviously a stunt double wearing a skinhead wig. See more »


[first lines]
Perry Mason: Oh, Barney, when you get a chance, would you take this watch up to Crawford Jewelry for me?
Barney - Elevator Operator: Right away, Mr. Mason.
Perry Mason: Thank you.
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18 October 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Perry Mason story is really going to have you reaching. The writers must have put in plenty of overtime to get this one down. Blink and you'll miss an important clue.

It starts when Joanna Moore shows up as an temp at Perry Mason's office and Barbara Hale puts her right to work and compliments her. Then there's a robbery on the floor above at a diamond exchange and one of the partners is killed.

Another partner is charged with murder and it's Alan Marshal who Raymond Burr winds up defending. One thing however is that it is Marshal who is seen disposing of a body in the Los Angeles harbor. A disquieting most atypical of the Perry Mason paradigm.

In fact there's a lot atypical in this story as Marshal when he's put on the stand tells a tale that Burr finds incredulous.

In the last 10 minutes all is revealed and this one could have been written by Agatha Christie. William Hopper does some of his best detective work and engages in some atypical fisticuffs proving Paul Drake can handle himself if needed.

And I thought Hamilton Burger was going to give birth right there in court when Perry Mason reveals the truth in court. William Talman's reactions are priceless.

One of the best

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