Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Witless Witness 

Judge Daniel Redmond has been nominated to run for Lt. Governor due to his high level of respect. However, he soon finds himself being forced to turn it down due to an accusation of fraud and murdering the witness against him.

Director:

Arthur Marks

Writers:

Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Samuel Newman (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 ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Anderson
Robert Middleton ... Judge Daniel Redmond
David White ... Victor Kendall
Jackie Coogan ... Gus Sawyer
Steve Brodie ... Quinn Torrey
Florida Friebus ... Marian Lamont
Rita Lynn Rita Lynn ... Madge Eberly
Vaughn Taylor ... Martin Weston
Lee Bergere ... James Wall
Harry Holcombe ... Senator Deering
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Storyline

Perry loses a civil case in appellate court, but soon has a murder case, with the judge who ruled against him as defendant. Perry will need to wade through a "perfect" fraud and long chains of finger-pointing to exonerate the judge. Newspaper publisher Victor Kendall, a perennial candidate for Lt Governor, loses the nomination to respected Judge Daniel Redmond. Kendall then attends a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing, where cooperating witness Martin Weston is flabbergasted to hear himself involved in a 20-year-old fraud case. The committee adjourns to give Weston a chance to "refresh his memory". Kendall then goes to Redmond and accuses him of also being involved in the fraud. Weston also says that the judge profited from the scheme. In fact, all he did was, when questioned at a party, to describe a fraud case he'd just prosecuted, giving the schemers the idea of how to avoid the mistakes of the earlier crime. Redmond's old flame Madge Everly was there, but she refuses to help him. ... Written by arthurblock

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene, Judge Redmond discusses a case Perry used in his argument in court, Priestly v Fowler (1837). This is an actual case from English tort law and dealt with an employer not being liable for injuries sustained by one employee when caused by another employee in the course of their employment. See more »

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[first lines]
Commentator: Now, to the political news. Attention focused this morning on the pre-convention caucus meeting in the Los Angeles Hotel to select nominees for the slate of state officers. Of particular concern is the nominee for the office of lieutenant governor. Most experts agreed the shoo-in for the job was the man who has unsuccessfully sought it for the past 12 years, Victor Kendall, publisher of "The Clarion." But a sudden dark horse has loomed into contention. The feeling in informed ...
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Excellent courtroom scenes make this episode enjoyable
9 October 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this fine episode, Perry defends a respected Judge on murder charges after his named is linked to an Federal Investigation involving fraud that happened some twenty years ago.

The Judge, Daniel Redmond, is a man with high integrity for the law. He has just beaten Victor Kendall for nomination for Lt Governor of California, when he gets word that his name has been mentioned in a Federal Investigation for fraud. When he starts asking questions about the investigation it seems that many people believe that Judge Redmond has connections to the fraud and may have even bought the Judge's seat.

The Judge's old friend, Martin Weston, is set to appear before the committee the next day. However Mr Weston is found dead and the evidence points to Judge Redmond as the main suspect. Perry is asked to defend his friend on the charges brought by Hamilton Burger's office.

This episode was a pleasant change of pace from the norm. There are some great courtroom scenes that haven't been witnessed since season one. Perry is at the top of his game as he questions each witness to finally get to the truth. Even with many people taking the 5th amendment during cross-examination - enough of the story comes to light to provide Perry with a satisfactory ending. Great watch.


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