The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Episode Guide - The First Season

March 15,1958 [26] "The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife"

Director--Anton M. Leader
Teleplay
--Stanley Niss
Story
--Erle Stanley Gardner's 1945 novel

It looks like a case of murder and the eternal triangle. Frank Lawton is an old war buddy of Perry's who has come out of the woodwork needing to be cleared of the shooting death of his boss, Scott Shelby.

It appears that Perry was busy during World War II In this episode, the defendant is a buddy who fought beside him on D-Day. In later episodes, Perry reveals that he served on a minesweeper in the Pacific during the war.

Marion Shelby--Phyllis Avery
Frank Lawton
--Stewart Bradley (defendant)
Scott Shelby
--Tom Palmer (victim)
Judge Mitchell Ellsworth
--Jason Johnson
DA Howard Black
--Peter Hansen

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