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

September 12, 1965 [242] "The Case of the Laughing Lady"

Director--Jesse Hibbs
Teleplay--Orville H. Hampton

In this episode, Perry proves at last that murder is no laughing matter.

A judge asks Perry to defend a self-destructive young woman named Carla Chaney, who is being held for the murder of Gerald Havens, a smalltime art critic. The woman has led a troubled life and refuses to trust anyone. It's not surprising that no one believes her story about the fatal night when Havens was stabbed to death. Carla claims she saw a woman standing over the body laughing in a high-pitched maniacal tone. Moreover, Carla says she saw the woman on television during the grand opening of the Devore Gallery. The other woman is Leona Devore, a well-known member of the jet set.

Through it all, Perry believes Carla. To get her acquitted, he has to find out who really did the laughing.

Carla Chaney--Jean Hale (defendant)
Doctor Durwood Tobey--John Abbott
Peter Stange--Bernard Fox
Judge--John Gallaudet

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