Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Angry Mourner 

Sam Burris awakens his wife Betsy, saying he heard a shot at a neighbor's house. Through binoculars they spy Belle Adrian prowling about the house. Fortunately, Perry Mason on vacation comes to Belle's aid when she is charged with murder.


William D. Russell


Erle Stanley Gardner (based on the novel by), Francis M. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Francis Cockrell)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Sylvia Field ... Belle Adrian
James Westerfield ... Sheriff Elmore
Joan Weldon ... Marion Keats
Paul Fix ... District Attorney Hale
Dorothy Adams ... Betsy Burris
Malcolm Atterbury ... Sam Burris
Barbara Eden ... Carla Adrian
Peter Nelson Peter Nelson ... Harvey Delano
Eve McVeagh Eve McVeagh ... Nora Fleming
Addison Richards ... George Lansing


Carla Adrian is watching home movies with neighbor Mark Cushing who is in a wheelchair after an accident. After the movie, Cushing makes a pass at Carla ripping her blouse causing her to leave. Later that evening Cushing's neighbor Sam Burris awakens his wife Betsy telling her he heard a shot. They then hear a scream causing Betsy to get up and look at the Cushing house with binoculars. She sees broken glass followed by Belle Adrian, Carla's mother, walking inside the house. Sam calls the sheriff who finds Cushing murdered and Carla's car parked nearby. Due to rain that night, footsteps are found connecting the Cushing house with the car, the Adrian house, and the Burris house. Perry on vacation in a nearby cabin receives an early visit from Belle asking for help in keeping her daughter's name out of the commotion surrounding the case. However, Perry soon finds himself having to defend Belle from the charge of murdering Cushing based on evidence the Sheriff found at the Adrian house ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

2 November 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Sam and Betsy are using their binoculars to see what's going on after hearing gun shots. The telescope effect seen from their point of view is what's seen when binoculars are properly adjusted. The special effect seen in many movies and TV shows especially before the 1980's frequently showed the over lapping optical fields. But that is only seen in improperly adjusted binoculars. When used properly the two fully over lap and one circular image is seen. See more »


A lone fingerprint lifted from a door handle is supposedly a right thumbprint. It's difficult to tell a thumbprint from a fingerprint, and impossible to be sure whether it's from the left or right hand. See more »


[first lines]
[Mark, in a wheelchair with a cast on his leg]
Mark Cushing: Well, that's what I get for showing off, Carla.
Carla Adrian: Hm, you looked good while it lasted, Mark. All the girls were watching.
Mark Cushing: Hm, never mind that. All I know is, I goofed. And I'm not sure they picked up all the pieces.
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Guilty of unsympathetic defendant
4 May 2017 | by jbirks106See all my reviews

This is an enjoyable episode with one notable, tragic exception. That would be Sylvia Field, who plays the defendant, Belle Adrian. Of all Mason's defendants this is the one I dearly wanted to get the gas chamber. Belle Adrian is simply the stupidest, least charismatic client Mason has ever had. Most of them are only briefly featured in the first act, then serve as potted plants the rest of the show. Belle, played with simpering vacuousness by Field, is featured throughout, usually to undermine her own case through utter imbecility.

It's a shame because the plot itself is quite interesting, if somewhat convoluted, with plenty of recognizable character actors turning in excellent performances.

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