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

March 21, 1963 [175] "The Case of the Velvet Claws"

Director--Harmon Jones
Teleplay--Jackson Gillis
Story--Erle Stanley Gardner's 1933 novel

This episode is based on Erle Stanley Gardner's first Perry Mason book. A photographer snaps a picture of prominent politician Harrison Burke and a married woman, Eva Belter, as they leave a local gambling establishment. Harrison is concerned for his career but Eva is afraid of what her husband: George Belter, will do. She goes to Perry for help, telling him that her name is Griffin and that a scandal sheet called Spicy Bits is blackmailing her.

Perry has a personal interest in seeing the publication closed down because a friend of his committed suicide over a piece that appeared in it.

That night, Perry gets a call from Eva telling him that Belter has been shot. She also intimates that she heard Perry and Belter arguing earlier in the evening.

Perry could become the prime murder suspect in this case.

Carl Griffin--Wynn Pearce
George C. Belter--Richard Webb (victim)

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