Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Violent Vest 

Herman Albright, who has a crush on the model he handles for an agency, asks his wife for a divorce when her gambling debts become too much. He agrees to perform a favor to pay the debt. It results in his murder and the model is charged.


Lewis Allen


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Robert C. Dennis (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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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
Myrna Fahey ... Grace Halley
Hayden Rorke ... Walter Caffrey
Sonya Wilde ... Joy Lebaron
Erik Rhodes ... Herman Albright
Joe Cronin Joe Cronin ... Buddy Frye
Dorothy Green ... Ida Albright
Rosemary Eliot Rosemary Eliot ... Vicky Dolan
Frank Jenks ... Walter Clemens the Bartender
Richard Gaines ... Judge
Barbara Pepper ... Mrs. Diamond


Ad man Herman Allbright has just about had it with his wife and her gambling habit. She has just recently lost another $5000 at the tables - money he will have to borrow from his boss, Walter Caffrey, and he decides to end their marriage. Another incentive to moving is that he's fallen in love with the model who will be appearing in his new ad campaign, Grace Halley. Allbright fancies himself something of a ladies' man but has clearly misunderstood anything Grace may have said to him. In fact, she is already married but has kept that a secret so as not to harm her career. She consults with Perry Mason about whether the contract can be broken by either side but it appears she cannot break it. After Allbright is found dead in his car, his wife Ida identifies the body but tells Lt. Tragg the clothes he is wearing are not his normal clothes. Gracie is charged with murder based on a photograph and a neighbor seeing her removing men's clothing from her apartment. A case of mistaken identity... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

29 April 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Barbara Pepper (the nosy neighbor) appeared in a total of 4 Perry Mason episodes: 1 in 1957, 2 in 1961 (including this one), and 1 in 1963. See more »


The supposedly dead murder victim can be seen breathing. See more »


[first lines]
Young Man: Mr. Albright?
Herman Albright: Yes. Where's my wife?
Young Man: She's in the office here... waiting for you.
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Lt Tragg in full form in this interesting mystery
13 July 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

What really makes this show work is the needling between Lt Tragg and Perry. Just like back in the very early episodes, we get Lt Tragg and Perry battling to see who can better each other in the world of criminal justice. The verbal exchanges between Lt Tragg and Perry - plus the exchanges of Hamilton Burger in the courtroom-- brings back all the interesting activities that made the series great.

The episode begins as we see Mrs Albright in such a gambling problem that Mr Herman Albright wants out of the marriage. He agrees to pay the gambling debt in exchange for a quickie divorce. But because of the amount he will have to borrow the money from his boss Walter Caffrey.

Mr Albright, works in an advertising agency, has fallen in love with the company model Grace Halley. Grace Halley is 'Miss Debutante' in one of the campaign ads that the company is working. However, the feeling is not mutual. In fact, Ms Halley is married but if that information is revealed she could lose her contract as being Miss Debutante and the money that goes along with the job.

When Mr Albright is shot and killed evidence points to Grace Halley as the murderer. There is even photographic evidence that sheds light on the fact that Ms Halley is lying not only to Lt Tragg but also to Perry. And we all know that lying to Perry is never good.

Even with the falsehood, Perry agrees to defend her in court, where we get some good interaction between Hamilton Burger and Perry. And with the help of Paul Drake, in his TV repair outfit, Perry will work backwards and produce a courtroom confession that could save his client from the gas chamber.

With all the good interactions between characters- this show was interesting and provided a good mystery for the viewer. Only four more episodes remain in season 4. Here is hoping the rest are as good as this show.

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