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

February 7, 1963 [170] "The Case of the Libelous Locket"

Director--Arthur Marks
Teleplay--Jonathan Latimer

Law professor Edward Lindley (Michael Rennie) believes that a good trial lawyer is a combination of jackass and parrot. Seriously, though, he has great respect for men like Perry Mason and gets some practical experience of his own when a student of his confesses to having killed a man.

Janice Norland claims to have killed a blackmailing dance instructor, Raul Perez, by hitting him with a poker. Lindley checks her story and finds no body. Since Perry is still unavailable, the law professor takes on Janice's case and winds up in court when Raul really is killed.

The police discover that Raul was using a radio-activated camera to gather blackmail material, a fact that works against Janice. One of those photos shows her standing over Raul's dead body. It's a curious case, made even stranger by the fact that Janice's mother was the real object of Raul's schemes.

Professor Edward Lindley--Michael Rennie
Vivian Cosgrave--Ruta Lee
Sidney Hawes--Harry Von Zell
Janice Norland--Patricia Manning (defendant)
Raul Perez--Carlos Romero (victim)
Judge--S. John Launer

Raymond Burr did not appear in this episode, as he was in the hospital for minor dental surgery at the time this show was filmed. Michael Rennie is the "guest lawyer" for this episode.

Webmaster's Note: Perry did appear, briefly, in this episode. The Ona L. Hill biography of Burr states that he had intestinal surgery.

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