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

October 31, 1959 [74] "The Case of the Startled Stallion"

Director--William D. Russell
Teleplay--Jonathan Latimer

Wealthy but crippled rancher John Brant forecloses on Jo Ann Blanchard's mortgage and takes possession of her prize horse. Jo Ann goes to Perry for help; first, in getting the horse back, and second, when she's arrested for killing the rancher.

Although the murder was set up to look as if the horse killed Brant, a bloody jack handle was found in Jo Ann's car. Perry digs into the case and the deeper he goes, the stranger it gets.

However, nothing is as strange as the ending scene: Jo Ann, ever so grateful to Perry for getting her off, confesses that she cannot afford to pay him. Unmiffed, Perry simply says: "That's OK." Where can you find a lawyer like this today?

Earl Mauldin--Paul Richards
John Brant--Trevor Bardette (victim)
Jo Ann Blanchard--Patricia Hardy (defendant)
Trial judge--Morris Ankrum

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