Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Season
1
Episode
30

The Case of the Screaming Woman (26 Apr. 1958)

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


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An elderly nurse visits Perry for advice but leaves not listening. Later, she arrives at the police station to confess to killing a columnist who is using a book she stole from a doctor to blackmail him into giving her a baby of her own.


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19 October 2011 | kfo9494
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| Hamilton Burger is played like a nice violin
This episode has nearly all thing that makes "Perry Mason" such a good show to watch. Interesting characters, great storyline, seemingly good acting and courtroom decorum which all leads to a great watch.

The case involves a doctor that breaks the law by going around the adoption process. People that want to adopt- but cannot pass the strict code- are patients of the doctor. The only problem is that he keeps a record of all the baby transactions.

Enter a unstable newspaper gossip columnist Mary Davis (Marian Seldes) that steals the records and is going to blackmail the doctor into giving her a baby. This alone could have been a good mystery for the show. But throw in some tricky evidence and an upset district attorney and it makes the show enjoyable.

Most of the actors in the episode do a great job. Ruta Lee, that plays secretary to Ms Davis, does a good job and looks great during the show. The doctor's nurse (Josephine Hutchison) has that face that makes a person care about her. And then Marian Seldes, that played the columnist, her performance as the bad witch makes you glad that she did not make it to the credits.

Another actor in the show was Don Garner, who played Bob Shroeder on this episode (the love interest of Rudy Lee). His performance was hard to watch. His acting was poorly done and seemed to be uncomfortable in front of the camera.

Della has a large part in this show. She is placed in a dead women's apartment, she is in the same room with a person with a gun, leaves with evidence and placed on the witness stand by Mr Burger. NOTE- look at Della's gloves when she first goes into the apartment -that is some funky stuff.

Hamilton Burger gets rough off screen when he is played by Perry. Plus Lt Tragg is also Perry'ed but can laugh it all off in the end.

Which makes this a must see for Perry viewers.

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