Perry Mason Season 5

Season 5

Perry Mason Season 5

First Air Date: September 02, 1961

First Aired on    :   1961
Episodes    :   30 episodes



Episodes

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5x30 The Case of the Lonely Eloper (May 26, 1962)


Merle Telford is a naive and maladjusted young woman who is about to turn 21 and receive a substantial inheritance. She plans to run away from her guardians and elope with Danny Pierce as soon as she receives her money. Yep, you guessed it already, Danny is a greedy schemer and Merle's supposed friend, Gina Gilbert, is his accomplice. Merle's guardians know of her plans and hire Paul Drake to keep Merle from fleeing on the night of her 21st birthday party. When a murder is committed during the party Merle becomes the prime suspect.


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5x29 The Case of the Promoter's Pillbox (May 19, 1962)


Aspiring screenwriter Herbert Simms submits his first teleplay to scumbag producer Charlie Corby who tries to use the manuscript as his own. Corby's scheme comes a cropper when he gets fatally whacked over the head with a whiskey bottle after a party. Herbert happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and is seen running from the scene of the crime. Guess who gets arrested for murder?


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5x28 The Case of the Ancient Romeo (May 05, 1962)


Perry and Della go out for a night at the theatre to see Perry's actor friend, Steve Brock, perform as Paris in Romeo and Juliet. The lights mysteriously go out during the dueling scene between Romeo and Paris and when the lights are restored the audience is shocked to see that leading man Franz Lachman, playing Romeo, has been stabbed to death. When Steve is accused of the murder Perry decides to have the cast re-enact the final scene that was played before Lachman's death.


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5x27 The Case of the Counterfeit Crank (April 28, 1962)


A crazy man (or is he?), his dead nephew and a military base are tangled up in a confusing Perry Mason episode.


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5x26 The Case of the Borrowed Baby (April 14, 1962)


A baby who mysteriously appears in Perry's office has a rare St. Christopher medal, which could help identify the baby's parents. If only the suspected father wasn't dead.


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5x25 The Case of the Angry Astronaut (April 07, 1962)


Astronaut Matthew Heller is suspected of killing his old service rival, General Addison Brand, after Brand is put in charge of the astronaut program.


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5x24 The Case of the Melancholy Marksman (March 24, 1962)


Ted Chase discovers that his bitchy second wife, Irene, might have killed his first wife and contemplates revenge but someone else gets to Irene first. In his defense of Ted, Perry discovers that Irene's past was even more sordid and corrupt than previously believed.


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5x23 The Case of the Absent Artist (March 17, 1962)


Cartoonist Pete Manders is elated when the owner of the comic strip "Zingy" offers to sell him the strip for a song. Pete is less than elated when he learns that his girlfriend Leslie is running away to Europe with Gabe Phillips, the strip owner. When Phiilips is murdered, Pete is charged with the crime and retains Perry's services. Investigating the case, Perry soon discovers that the deceased Phillips was leading a double life.


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5x22 The Case of the Crippled Cougar (March 03, 1962)


Mike Preston is a bitter man who despises Hugh Jamison because he mistakenly believes Jamison stole $100,000.00 from him and is responsible for him being crippled. Trying to entrap Jamison, Preston makes a mistake and is set up for murder by the real thief.


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5x21 The Case of the Mystified Miner (February 24, 1962)


Mason tries to clear his young, naive woman client, a corporate executive secretary, as a twisting and wheeling plot of murder, kidnapping, and embezzlement unfolds.


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5x20 The Case of the Poison Pen-Pal (February 10, 1962)


A casual pen pal relationship leads to insider information and murder.


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5x19 The Case of the Glamorous Ghost (February 03, 1962)


Eleanor Corbin pleads amnesia after police find her running and screaming through woods near her apartment building. Her loss of memory is of little help toher when she is later charged with murder.


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5x18 The Case of the Tarnished Trademark (January 20, 1962)


Axel Norstaad sells his much respected furniture trademark to Martin Somers, described by some as the slide trombone of the furniture business. Somers immediately begins stripping the company of its assets and churning out inferior products. Axel protests these developments vehemently and when Somers is found murdered he gets arrested for the crime. To complicate things, Axel is in love with Edie Morrow whom he suspects might be the actual killer.


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5x17 The Case of the Captain's Coins (January 13, 1962)


Historian Phillip Andrews tries to make a case that his fiancee, Evelyn Faraday, is entitled to a share of a shipping company fortune. Phillip then finds himself accused of murdering the company's top man.


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5x16 The Case of the Shapely Shadow (January 06, 1962)


Naive secretary Janice Wainwright carries out boss Morley Thielman's orders and places a briefcase containing more than $100,000.00 in a train station locker. Then she waits for the arrival of Thielman's ex-wife but Lt. Tragg arrives instead with an arrest warrant for Janice on the charge of murdering her boss. It seems as though witness Fred Carlyle saw a woman's shapely shadow through the shades of Thielman's office window shortly before the murder occurred.Carlyle believes the silhuette belonged to Janice. Perry manages to get to the bottom of things once the courtroom proceedings begin.


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5x15 The Case of the Roving River (December 30, 1961)


Perry is hired to help settle a land dispute in the Manzana Valley but the key witness is blown up by a homemade bomb. As usual, Perry's client is accused of the crime.


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5x14 The Case of the Unwelcome Bride (December 16, 1961)


Wealthy Walter Frazer has always blamed his daughter-in-law Sue Ellen for his son Gregson's failures. You can only imagine how he feels when Sue Ellen is accused of Gregson's murder.


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5x13 The Case of the Renegade Refugee (December 09, 1961)


A journalist is murdered while tracking an ex-Nazi war criminal who may be posing as an executive at a company called Space Associates, Ltd.


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5x12 The Case of the Brazen Bequest (December 02, 1961)


Charles Cromwell, the president-elect of Euclid College, worries that some less than stellar moments from his past will be exposed when Maisie Freitag arrives on the scene to make an unusual beguest to the college. Needless to say, murder eventually finds its way to the campus.


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5x11 The Case of the Left-Handed Liar (November 25, 1961)


Health club instructor Ward Nichols wants to marry the daughter of his employer, Bernard Daniels, but Ward's estranged wife, Veronica, is pressuring him for money and claiming to be pregnant. Things blow up in everyone's face when Bernard is found crunched with a dumbbell at the club. Perry, as usual, arrives on the scene to get at the truth.


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5x10 The Case of the Injured Innocent (November 18, 1961)


A really weird courtroom confession scene highlights this episode about the murder of a race car driver.


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5x09 The Case of the Posthumous Painter (November 11, 1961)


Artist Jack Culross fakes his own suicide and sees the sales of his paintings go through the roof. His only problem was that he forgot to inform his wife Edna of the scheme. After Edna sees a completed painting of Jack's that she knows he didn't finish while he was "alive" she gets wise. Edna manages to track down her "deceased" husband but they fight and she knocks him down. Then he's found dead. Edna must stand trial for murder.


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5x08 The Case of the Traveling Treasure (November 04, 1961)


Perry and Paul are all set to go deep see fishing on a boat owned by their friend, Scott Cahill, but when Cahill's regular customer wants the boat for the weekend they have to charter another. Later, Perry gets word that the Coast Guard has boarded Cahill's vessel looking for stolen gold. They found some of the bullion and the corpse of an assclown named Karl McGovern. An autopsy reveals that McGovern was killed with a fatal dose of digitalis. Scott Cahill is charged with murder when the police theorize that he and the dead man were partners in stealing the gold. Writer: Robb White


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5x07 The Case of the Pathetic Patient (October 28, 1961)


Perry finds himself defending Dr. Wayne Edley who has been accused of committing two murders.


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5x06 The Case of the Meddling Medium (October 21, 1961)


Phony psychic Phillip Paisley meets a grisly death when an elevator that has been tampered with crashes. In the climactic scene Perry sets up another fantastic demonstration to prove his client innocent and expose the real culprit.


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5x05 The Case of the Crying Comedian (October 14, 1961)


Comic Charlie Hatch learns that the woman he loved and lost, Anne Gilrain, has escaped from a sanitarium to which she was forced to commit herself by her husband, Tom. When Tom Gilrain is murdered, Charlie is afraid that Anne did the deed and sets himself up as a likely suspect to protect her. Perry arrives on the scene to try and free Charlie from his abysmal stupidity.


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5x04 The Case of the Malicious Mariner (October 07, 1961)


During a terrible storm at sea, First Officer Jerry Griffin dumps a million dollars worth of goods into the sea in order to lessen the chances of his cargo freighter sinking. Once on shore, Jerry is hauled before a maritime court which holds him responsible for the loss of the cargo. Captain Bancroft's testimony can clear Jerry but he is murdered before he can give it. Now Jerry stands accused of that crime too. Perry and Paul try to set things right once again.


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5x03 The Case of the Missing Melody (September 30, 1961)


Perry and Della attend the wedding of Polly Courtland to Eddy King. The ceremony is halted at the altar when Polly begins screaming, "No! No!" and hurriedly exits the church. It seems as though Polly had spotted slimy George Sherwin holding an envelope containing photos of her younger sister checking into a Las Vegas hotel with a musician named Bongo White. Sherwin plans to ruin Polly and her family's reputation unless she gives up Eddy for him. Sherwin's plan comes a cropper when he's found shot to death. Eddy King is arrested for the crime.


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5x02 The Case of the Impatient Partner (September 16, 1961)


Paint manufacturer Amory Fallon suspects that his partner Ned Thompson is behind a mysterious fire and explosion.


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5x01 The Case of the Jealous Journalist (September 02, 1961)


The drowning death of a newspaper executive during a fishing trip sets off all kinds of repercussions at the newspaper itself.




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