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The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 8 June 1937 (USA)
An improbable stuttering bishop from Australia asks for Perry's help in proving the identity of the legitimate heir to a millionaire.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (screenplay), Don Ryan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Woods ... Perry Mason
Ann Dvorak ... Della Street
Anne Nagel ... Janice Alma Brownley
Linda Perry ... Janice Seaton
Craig Reynolds ... Gordon Bixler
Gordon Oliver ... Philip Brownley
Joseph Crehan ... Paul Drake
Helen MacKellar ... Stella Kenwood (as Helen McKellar)
Edward McWade ... Bishop William Mallory
Tom Kennedy ... Jim Magooney
Mira McKinney ... Ida Gilbert
Frank Faylen ... Charlie Downs
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Renald C. Brownley
Veda Ann Borg ... Gladys
George Lloyd ... Peter Sacks
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Storyline

A Bishop from Australia comes to Perry to ask him to take a case of a woman wrongly accused of manslaughter 22 years before. The case would involve the wealthy Mr. Brownley and the fact that his alleged granddaughter may be an imposter. With that, the Bishop leaves and is clubbed in his hotel room. Soon after, he leaves on a boat and Perry meets the woman - Ida Gilbert. Perry goes to see Mr. Brownley, but gets nowhere. Later that night, Brownley is to meet Ida, but he is shot by a woman who drops Ida's gun. Ida is arrested for the murder of Mr. Brownley and Perry gets involved. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clue Club #10: The Case of the Stuttering Bishop See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Unlike in the TV series, in which District Attorney Burger's last name was pronounced as in "hamburger," here it rhymes with "merger." See more »

Quotes

Perry Mason: [to Della] Bishops don't often need lawyers. Show him in.
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Connections

Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Sung a cappella with a phony Irish brogue by Donald Woods
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On the Downgrade
9 July 2009 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Maybe you can keep up with the plot convolutions better than I could. Finally I lost track of the yellow or pink or white raincoats and threw in the towel. Anyway, it's a mildly entertaining Mason entry, at best. As a matter of fact, it looks to me like Warner Bros. had lost interest in the series—(for example, compare the sparse production values here with the richly produced The Case of the Curious Bride {1935}). This was the last installment and features a boyish Donald Woods as the legal wizard and sleuth. Frankly, in my book, he lacks the forceful presence required to bring off the role in authoritative fashion, and was, perhaps, a last minute replacement for the more familiar Warren William. Ironically, it's this installment that more closely resembles the TV show with its first-part dramatic setup and second-part courtroom pyrotechnics. Too bad the exotic Ann Dvorak is largely wasted as a recessive Della Street— with her distinctive looks and lively personality, she should have been one of the suspects. All in all, the 70 minutes is for hardcore fans of the series and for fans of the perennially addled Tom Kennedy as the aptly named "Magooney".


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