Perry Mason (1957–1966)

The Case of the Crooked Candle (30 Nov. 1957)

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

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Martha and Rita show up at a beauty salon answering to the same name "Mrs. Bradford." Their husband Joe turns up dead on his boat, Martha is charged with his murder, and a candle on the table is leaning about twenty degrees.


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27 June 2014 | bkoganbing
| A craft devoid of life
The victim in this Perry Mason episode is Bruce Cowling, not the nicest guy in the world, in fact for a while he was thought of as a bigamist. Easy to do when both Nancy Gates and Doris Singleton show up at a hair salon claiming to be Mrs. Cowling.

It's Gates who becomes Raymond Burr's client. An interesting case because it's Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale who row out to Cowling's boat in search of him. All they find is a craft devoid of life and Cowling's dead body. Signs of a blow to the head show somebody killed him, but who.

He wasn't any better in business and associates like Robert Clarke, Whit Bissell, and Henry Corden also would love to have done him in.

As per the title of the story, a candle in a hurricane lamp tilted and burned out provides the clue.

Not crazy about this episode since I don't think Singleton's character was handled well by the writers.

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