Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Wintry Wife 

A cold-hearted woman refuses to give her husband a divorce. His new invention gives him financial independence so his request for a divorce causes his wife to plan the destruction of the invention and his girlfriend but she is the victim.


Arthur Marks


Samuel Newman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Jerome Thor Jerome Thor ... Walter Randall
Robert Karnes ... Deputy D.A. Victor Chamberlin
June Vincent ... Laura Randall
Alan Hewitt ... Bruce Sheridan
Marianne Stewart ... Phyllis Hudson
Fredd Wayne ... Roger Phillips
Jean Howell Jean Howell ... Amelia Phillips
Barney Phillips ... Mr. Johnson
Sue England ... Judy Baldwin
Willis Bouchey ... Judge
Paul Barselou Paul Barselou ... John (Ben) Penner (as Paul Barselow)


Cold-hearted Laura Randall dominates the people around her every way she can, from faking being an invalid to blackmail. Her husband Walter, who is about to sell his underwater-sounding invention, asks her for a divorce. Laura knows that Walter now loves her caretaker, Phyllis, so she plots to destroy both the invention and her rival with a time bomb at Walter's lab. Laura forces her brother-in-law Roger who handles her business affairs to build a timed bomb. He had forged a check for an investment in Bruce Sheridan's company that failed which Laura held over Roger. Laura has Phyllis deliver the package to the lab where the invention is stored after Laura takes the sleeping pill given her by Phyllis. Laura follows Phyllis to the lab where she knocks out Phyllis so she is killed in the explosion. Phyllis surviving the bombing decides to see Mason but when she returns home, she learns that Laura was killed after being drugged and dying due to gas from her heater and that she's Lt. ... Written by arthurblock

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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18 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


During the trial when Walter Randall testifies, his watch clearly shows the time as 3 PM exactly. Perry Mason conducts his 45 second experiment by radioing to Paul Drake to remotely turn off the natural gas and then turn it back on. At the end of that demonstration, which lasted a minute at best, the camera turns back to Walter Randall, but his watch now shows it as 3:15, nearly a quarter hour later. See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Johnson: It's pretty fantastic, Mr. Randall. This underwater sounding equipment could revolutionize maritime navigation.
Walter Randall: Is Nautronics interested?
Mr. Johnson: Yes, definitely. If the field tests work out, you've got yourself the deal you asked for.
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Shades of The Man With The Golden Arm
4 July 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this episode of Perry Mason, he gets to defend Marianne Stewart a home health aide who is in love with the husband of her client June Vincent. When this episode was on the drawing board someone was inspired by The Man With The Golden Arm because the relationship between husband, health aide, and wife is the same.

And Vincent goes over the top the same way Eleanor Parker did in the Otto Preminger classic. She tries to kill her husband Jerome Thor and Stewart, but she herself is killed. Thor looks like he has a rock solid alibi because he was on a naval vessel testing a sonar invention he was working on. That leaves Stewart and she becomes the client.

Some nice courtroom theatrics get at the truth and the real murderer is discovered.

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