Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Season
1
Episode
7

The Case of the Angry Mourner (2 Nov. 1957)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery


The Case of the Angry Mourner (1957) Poster

Sam Burris awakens his wife Betsy, saying he heard a shot at a neighbor's house. Through binoculars they spy Belle Adrian prowling about the house. Fortunately, Perry Mason on vacation comes to Belle's aid when she is charged with murder.


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6 December 2011 | kfo9494
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| First episode outside LA county- Good show
This episode starts out as we see Mark Cushing (Eric Sinclair), an avid water-skier, showing some home-made movies to the lovely Carla Adrian (Barbara Eden). Mark must of broken his leg recently cause he has a cast on nearly up to his hip. Seems Mark is a play-boy and as the hour gets late he wants some loving. But Carla wants nothing of it. Mark gets somewhat physical and the wheelchair bound guy rips her shirt and Carla fights back with a witch-slap to the side of the head.

The next scenes is of a girl screaming, a shot and Belle Adrian (Sylvia Field), Carla's mother, being seen inside of Mark Cushing's house. When the police arrive Mark is dead in the wheelchair and no one is present to receive Sheriff Elmore's knock on the door.

Perry happens to be in Bear Valley, where all this action is afoot, and Belle goes over for some advise. Problem is through a series of strange events Belle is arrest for murder and goes before a local court to answer the charges with perry right behind her.

This episode has a complicated story-line. However, through the good acting of the guest cast you feel like you are right at Bear Valley watching this trial. Sylvia Field, as the mother, does another great job making you feel for her situation. Paul Fix, as DA Hale, is great taking the place of Hamilton Burger outside the county of LA. Jamie Forster, as the presiding Judge, does a better job than any 'Perry Mason' judge when he is more interested in the truth than ruling of objections. Barbara Eden was great to look at- but had little to do with the show after the first five minutes. What a waste of a beautiful girl.

Anyway the story was interesting and mystery played well by the cast. And with Perry getting very upset at his client- it makes for a good watch.

Note- during the first scene with Mark in the wheelchair- look how big that fireplace is. You could put a small tree in that thing and not have to chain saw any limbs.

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