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

February 4, 1961 [111] "The Case of the Waylaid Wolf"

Director--Gene Fowler, Jr.
Teleplay--Jonathan Latimer
Story--Erle Stanley Gardner's 1959 novel

Loring Lamont is a wealthy skirt-chaser whose latest target is yummy Arlene Ferris, his father's secretary. Lamont tricks her into coming to his beachfront "wolfs lair," on the pretext of having her do some extra typing for him. But after a pitcher of martinis, Lamont makes a move on her. She slaps him and flees, but the cad pursues her, forcing her to steal his car to get back to town.

But Arlene's troubles are only beginning. After she leaves someone stabs Loring to death. She's the number one suspect. Perry believes that the murder really had something to do with blackmail and with a telephone conversation Loring had shortly before Arlene left him.

We get a rare look at Perry's apartment in this episode when he is visited by two of the thuggiest thugs on TV (complete with dark suits and white ties). The place seems tastefully appointed, loaded with houseplants, and equipped with a fireplace. Quick-sighted fans will catch a blooper, though, when the crooks call on Perry. In two separate but adjacent scenes, Perry and one of the thugs both close the apartment door.

Arlene Ferris--Andra Martin (defendant)
Loring Lamont--Tony Travis (victim)
George Albert--Barry Atwater
Edith Bristol--Rebecca Welles
Judge--Morris Ankrum

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