Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Bouncing Boomerang 

Grover Johnson and his wife Eula have a rural ranch with a big mortgage. Eula wants to leave but no one wants to pay enough to make it worthwhile to sell until a rich Texan says it is what he wants. When Eula is killed, Grover is charged.


Jesse Hibbs


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Arthur E. Orloff (as Arthur Orloff)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Rod Cameron ... Grover Johnson
Diana Millay ... Eula Johnson
Paul Picerni ... Walter Jefferies
Parley Baer ... Willard Hupp
Berkeley Harris Berkeley Harris ... Les Gilpin
Wright King ... Sidney Weplo
Alan Hale Jr. ... Nelson Barclift (as Alan Hale)
John Pickard ... Sheriff
Ed Peck ... Prosecutor
Nelson Olmsted ... Doctor Lewis
Frederic Downs Frederic Downs ... Judge


Eula Johnson wants her husband Grover to sell the 1000 acres they've bought. Their real estate agent, Willard Hupp, hasn't had much luck in finding them a buyer but Grover is less than keen to dispose of the property for too low a price. They suddenly seem to have struck gold when an affable and apparently wealthy Texan, Nelson Barclift, offers them a ridiculously high amount for the property. His untimely death in a car accident, in which the body is burned and recognized only by a dental bridge, causes Grover to see Perry about the future of the property as Barclift still owes them $190,000. Since Perry has a buyer for the property, he agrees to help clear up the estate. It's all a scam of course, cooked up by Eula, to get an insurance policy paid off after an untimely death. She becomes upset, however, when Sidney Weplo shows up saying he is related to Barclift and possibly a heir. Insurance investigator Walter Jeffries has been looking into the highly suspicious claim. When Eula ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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12 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The '64 Lincoln that took the header over a cliff was actually footage pulled from Thunder Road (1958) of a '57 Ford doing a crash and burn, not a '56. See more »


[first lines]
Willard Hupp: Eula.
Eula Johnson: Will.
Willard Hupp: Any sign of his coming around yet?
Eula Johnson: Deaf, dumb, and blind.
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Is this client ever naive
11 February 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Old time western star Rod Cameron is Perry Mason's client in this episode which makes him out to be one naive fool. This is a man who should keep Raymond Burr on permanent retainer as he's liable to do something stupid again.

He's got himself a young wife in Diana Millay and she's a frisky thing, running off to San Francisco and poor Cameron can't figure it out. What she's cooking up besides some monkey business is an insurance scam and also possibly to have Cameron sell some land of their's.

When the future skipper of the Minow Alan Hale shows up with a Texas twang and oodles of money he says he has and willing to pay way over what the land is worth, it all sounds too good to be true. But then Hale is killed in a car and then Millay is strangled and Cameron is found over the body.

It's not only Cameron's naiveté that's a problem with this episode, but it is fairly obvious who is the best one to be involved in an insurance scam if it isn't Cameron.

One of the lamer Perry Mason's.

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