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...
Did You Know?
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
Sheriff Eugene Norris tells Perry Mason that Phil Beecher has stolen the "bi-monthly" payroll, when he means "bi-weekly." See more
Hello, Kathi. You didn't even meet me at the bus stop.
What did you... come back for?