Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Betrayed Bride 

Marie Claudel trails her husband to the USA from France, as he left her and illegally married a wealthy heiress. When he is killed, she is charged as everyone begs Perry to help her. He must contend with very daffy and devious people.

Director:

Arthur Marks

Writers:

John Elliotte, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Annie Fargue Annie Fargue ... Marie Claudel (as Anne Farge)
Dianne Foster ... Elaine Meacham
Michael Forest ... Pierre Dubois
Jeanette Nolan ... Nellie
Guy Stockwell ... Jimmy Meacham
John Larkin John Larkin ... Todd Meacham
Jacques Aubuchon ... Roger Brody
Neil Hamilton ... Victor Billings
Paul Dubov ... Monsieur Arnaux
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Storyline

Todd and Jimmy Meacham anxiously await the return of their recently widowed Aunt Nellie to the United States. Their Uncle Herbert died and they wish to pursue the planned conversion of the family estate, Hacienda Grande, into a residential subdivision that could generate $10 million in just a few years. Imagine their shock when she arrives with a new French husband, the much younger Pierre Dubois. Nellie is eccentric and flighty and refuses to talk business and they're sure Dubois is a gigolo, so they try to tempt him to stray by hiring a pretty French maid, Marie Claudel. They know they have a rival for the development in Roger Brody, who has offered $2 million in cash for the land as is. Jimmy Meacham hires his good friend, Paul Drake, to go to Paris to see what he can learn about Nellie's new husband but, when Pierre Dubois is found dead floating in the pool, it's Marie Claudel who is charged with murder. Perry Mason agrees to defend her in court and find the true killer. Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John Larkin, the voice of Perry Mason on the radio, appeared in four episodes of this series. See more »

Goofs

In the courtroom, Perry addresses Nellie as "Mrs. Dubois". Perry knew that Pierre Dubois was already married and that his marriage to Nellie was therefore bigamous, so he should have addressed Nellie as "Mrs. Meecham", her former married name. See more »

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Woman P.A. Announcer: [at airport] Flight 411 now arriving at gate two.
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All this ham is going to need a lot of baguettes. And it needs a lot of Eau de Cologne to mask the odor.

I am an avid Perry Mason watcher, and have been so for years. I've waited a very long time before writing this review, and it is written with regret. But this episode came on tonight, and I could hold back no longer. I am in complete agreement with Irishtom99; this is an awful episode. Examples: (1) the rarely-so-subtle Neil Hamilton is the model of restraint compared to the overacting of the rest of the guest cast. A prime example is John Larkin, who was quite memorable (among a cast of acting heavyweights) as Colonel Broderick in "Seven Days of May", gave terrific support as General Crowe on TV's "Twelve o'Clock High" and portrayed Perry Mason on radio for eight and a half years; he is absolutely manic in this episode as one of the nephews. The only guest cast member who came across as believable was the always enjoyable Jacques Aubuchon as the jilted paramour of Jeanette Nolan. (2) Speaking of Jeanette Nolan, perhaps her wig was meant to be that of a widow attempting to recapture her youth; that being said, even by 1960's standards, it is still pretty frightening. I think Phyllis Diller wore it when she went to Vietnam with Bob Hope. (3) The French accents make Pepe' le Pew sound like he's speaking the Queen's English. (4) It seemed to me that the main cast, especially Raymond Burr, realized this was a stink-bomb in the making as it was being filmed, and they seemed to be going through the motions, which is rarely ever the case. I could go on and on, but I will leave it to others who are more eloquent or more schooled in acting, casting and directing than me to comment. Let me end with this; when I think of the tragedy of all the lost DuMont kinescopes and films that were dumped in Upper New York Bay, and when I think of all the tapes of BBC programs there were wiped to reuse the tapes, why couldn't this moldy lump of Roquefort join them in TV oblivion?


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