Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Wrathful Wraith 

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Perry successfully defends Louise Selff when she is charged with killing her husband. The pressure of the trial has affected Louise so when strange things happen, it appears she killed him again when it turns out he was still alive.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Henry Farrell


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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
Richard Anderson ... Police Lt. Steve Drumm
Dan Tobin ... Terrance Clay
Jeanne Bal ... Rosemary Welch
Marian McCargo ... Louise Selff (as Marion Moses)
Douglas Dick ... Ted Harberson
Lee Farr Lee Farr ... Glenn Arcott
Gene Lyons ... Ralph Balfour
Walter Brooke ... Deputy D.A.
Winnie Collins Winnie Collins ... Willa Saint Sutton (as Winifred Coffin)
Robert Easton ... Ed Allison
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Stallman


Having successfully defended Louise Selff at a preliminary hearing where she was accused of murdering her missing husband, Perry Mason is now worried about her mental condition. Since she was not tried for killing her husband, Perry completes a claim on a life insurance policy which provides her with a windfall. She maintains that her dead husband's spirit visits her and makes phone calls to her. She has even made use of a spiritualist where she insists her husband has spoken to her during a séance. He tells her where to find a letter in his desk telling her to invest $300,000 in s speculative project with Glenn Arcott. Her advisor, Ralph Balfour, is against the investment. When Perry and Paul find her husband in her garden, apparently just shot a short time before, Louise once again finds herself in court. Determining why her husband disappeared in the first place and what he was trying to tell her through his various calls and psychic appearances is the key if Perry is to keep her ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

7 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marian McCargo who played Louise Selff is the mother of William R. Moses who was Ken Malansky in the later Perry Mason TV films. See more »


While the Deputy D.A. delivers a fiery closing argument in Louise Selff's preliminary hearing, Louise's friend Rosemary Welch is actually smiling. Under the circumstances, this is so far out of character as to constitute a serious lapse of judgment by the director. See more »


[first lines]
Deputy D.A.: And prove that she killed her husband. Your Honor, there are other incontrovertible facts. Twelve witnesses saw this sailboat, with husband and wife aboard, Leave the starting line at the regatta. And eight witnesses, six hours later, boarded this boat adrift in a calm sea and the only person aboard was the defendant.
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The paradigm preserved
27 July 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As this episode opens up we learn that Perry Mason actually had a case that went to jury and Marian McCargo was found not guilty. That sure would have shattered the usual paradigm for Perry Mason stories as he never lets cases get that far. But no matter he gets to defend McCargo again.

Hard to prove murder without a body maybe it was the DA's fault and he never should have indicted in the first place. Only now McCargo is being haunted by her dead spouse and one night he's shot to death at their home and she's found standing over the body murder weapon in hand.

McCargo delivers a fine performance as a woman really about to lose control. Even William Talman is feeling sorry for her as he offers to take a plea for temporary insanity.

But this time Raymond Burr acquits McCargo and in true Perry Mason style.

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