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

Phil Beecher returns from a year in prison for vehicular manslaughter of Aggie Norris the sheriff's daughter. His wife Kathi forgives him, although the people of the town despise him. Phil is charged when sister Charlotte Norris is killed.

Director:

William D. Russell

Writers:

Sam Elkin (story), Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake (credit only)
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Barton MacLane ... Sheriff Eugene Norris
Ann Rutherford ... Judith Thurston
Jacqueline Scott ... Kathi Beecher
Ray Hemphill Ray Hemphill ... Phil Beecher
Bart Burns ... Norman Thurston
Richard Hale ... Robert Tepper
John Dennis ... Deputy Sheriff Ward Lewis
Terry Becker ... Everett Ransome
Willis Bouchey ... Judge (as Willis B. Bouchey)
Ina Victor ... Charlotte Norris
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Storyline

Perry Mason is on holiday in a small village where he hopes to get some rest and get in some hunting with his old friend Sheriff Eugene Norris. Also in town is Phil Beecher who has just finished a term in prison for drunk driving and killing Norris' daughter Aggie in an auto accident. Many in the town are outraged that Beecher would have the nerve to return and even his wife Kathi isn't sure she wants him back so he stays at the lodge where Perry is staying. He witnesses Aggie's sister Charlotte defend Phil from a deputy who attacks Phil in the lodge lobby. Later, Charlotte meets Norman Thurston where they put the finishing touches on a plan to steal the payroll and blame Phil. It all comes to a boil when Sheriff Norris' second daughter Charlotte is killed during a hold up at the local sawmill that sees the $43,000 payroll stolen. Beecher admits to having been there at Charlotte's request but she tried to shoot him and she was definitely alive when he left her. Perry takes up his case... Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fawnskin, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene, where the bus is seen cross what looks like a bridge. It's actually crossing the Big Bear Dam. In 1960 the road actually crossed over the top of the dam, right at the point where you had to turn off of Big Bear Blvd onto N. Shore Drive to go to the village of Fawnskin. The route the bus took no longer exists. When seen from above the area where the road was, seems to have collapsed. And the road was moved 25 feet or so over to avoid the cavity behind the dam. There even appears to be some of the old support for the old road still running across the bridge. See more »

Goofs

Sheriff Eugene Norris tells Perry Mason that Phil Beecher has stolen the "bi-monthly" payroll, when he means "bi-weekly." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Phil Beecher: Hello, Kathi. You didn't even meet me at the bus stop.
Kathi Beecher: What did you... come back for?
Phil Beecher: You.
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Replacement of 2 pages of Serial number pages
6 August 2017 | by dannyrkindSee all my reviews

I did not understand why it was necessary for the two serial number pages to be replaced in the payroll being robbed by older payroll pages; this only seemed to draw attention to the culprits! Can anyone explain as Mason never seemed to explain this. The killer described that he did this but never was clear as to how this helped the theft.


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