Perry Mason (1957–1966)

The Case of the Silent Partner (19 Oct. 1957)

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

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The owner of a lucrative orchid business is charged with murder after her husband loses stock shares in a poker game to a sleazy ex-con. When the hostess at the game calls to say she was poisoned, Perry and his team spring into action.

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3 December 2011 | kfo9494
| Great acting turns this simple story into a good watch.
This plot to this episode is one that is rather simple. A man in a card game loses big and gives away a large portion of his stock option in a company. And to make even matters more elementary the company is a orchid business. Not a business that would be a situation on TV today but in this episode it comes across well with fine acting doing most of the work for this episode. Starts off kinda slow but takes off like a jet after reaching the fifteen minute mark.

The orchid business is run by Bob and Mildred Kimber (Mark Robert and Anne Barton). Bob loses his stock option in a card game run by Sam Lynk (Michael Emmet) who runs something like a speak-easy somewhere in LA. And like something out of the 1930's, the card room is smoky, has a rough gangster type Harry Marlow (Dan Seymour) and a dumb blond walking around the room named Lola Florey (Peggy Maley).

After Mildred finds out that Lynk has the stock she does a dumb thing in any Perry episode- she goes over to see Mr Lynk. She finds him dead. Shot in the chest with her husband's, Bob Kimber, gun. And guess who has the gun in their possession when the police arrive?- yep, Mildred Kimber.

Mildred is charged with the murder of Mr Lynk and Perry agrees to defend her in court. But there is a lot more going on in this episode. From Perry finding murder victims, to poison candy, then arson and also a spoiled Paraffin test-and with the verbal sparing between Perry, Hamilton Burger and Lt Tragg--this show is pack with good stuff.

Also the acting in this episode was good. The people were casted very well for the parts played. Peggy Maley (wonder what ever happened to her) as the blond, and Dan Seymour as the mobster type was excellent. They came across as real people instead of actors playing a part. Plus an energetic Perry and a upset cop named Lt Tragg adds volumes to this episode. The first episode that has no courtroom scenes.

A simple story that turned into a good Perry episode.

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