Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Candy Queen 

Candy Queen Claire Armstrong is in the midst of life changing events. She fires the man who made her business and falls for a gambler she trusts - too much. When her secret recipe is stolen, a casino owner is killed and she is charged.


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Erle Stanley Gardner (story), Orville H. Hampton (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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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
Richard Anderson ... Police Lt. Steve Drumm
Dan Tobin ... Terrance Clay
Nancy Gates ... Claire Armstrong
Patricia Smith ... Wanda Buren
Nina Shipman Nina Shipman ... Carol Olin
Robert Rockwell ... Ed Purvis
H.M. Wynant ... Tony Mario
John Napier John Napier ... Mark Chester
John Archer ... Harry Arnold
Kenneth MacDonald ... Judge
Kitty Kelly ... Landlady


Candy Queen Claire Armstrong is a successful businesswoman who has created her business on a candy recipe her grandmother had given to her with the aid of Ed Purvis. Claire is breaking with Ed after he tried to tell her that her fiancé, Mark Chester, was no good. Something is amiss, however, when her cousin, Wanda Buren, is almost killed with poisoned candy and resort owner and gambler Harry Arnold is found dead in his office. Mark Chester had given Arnold the candy recipe as collateral against a $40,000 credit at his gambling establishment, where he lost it all, and had tried to retrieve it when he heard Claire might notice it missing. He confronts Arnold with Claire's gun at his bungalow but Arnold takes the gun away from Chester, who leaves. He returns to see Claire leave the bungalow after she picked up and wiped off the fingerprints on the gun. The police catch her leaving the bungalow. After the police confirm that Arnold was killed with Claire's gun, she is charged with his ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

26 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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As the police car pulls up to the Royal Beach Hotel, it is obvious when the car is first shown it is not moving and only starts moving forward just after it is in the shot. It is not coming from a long distance, but a mere 3-4 car lengths way. See more »


[first lines]
Ed Purvis: A deal's a deal, Arnold, in this business or any other.
Harry Arnold: Would you sell your candy for less if another customer offered to pay more?
Ed Purvis: If I'd given my word.
Harry Arnold: Then you're some kind of a nut.
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Version of Perry Mason: The Case of the Silent Partner (1957) See more »

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A chocolate lovers episode
22 December 2011 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This story plays out very well in this episode. And one really good thing is the subtle clues that are seen by the viewer but do not come together until Perry points them out at the end of the show. I like this in any mystery.

The story involves Claire Amstrong (Nancy Gates), also known as The Candy Queen, she is the owner of a candy company. She has her grandmother's recipe that is obvious so good that even Perry takes a few good nibbles.

The recipe has been stolen by Clarie's boyfriend, Mark Chester (John Napier) and used as collateral in an illegal gambling casino. Harry Arnold (John Archer) has the recipe but now sees much higher profits if he tries to blackmail Claire into buying the recipe back from him.

While Claire is waiting for a meeting with Perry. She receives a call from Mr Arnold about the recipe. When she goes over to his apartment she finds Mr Arnold dead from a gunshot wound. Sad thing is that the police is raiding the gambling casino and when they go to Mr Arnold's apartment they find Claire wiping off fingerprints from the gun. She is taken downtown to stand trial for the murder.

There are a few odd events that happen during the show. As when Claire's cousin eats poisoned chocolates. Paul goes talk to a women that owns a Ladies refinement school. Plus the odd way Claire's chocolates were package. (Her smiling mug was on the top cover of the box)- All these seem like little things but may well end up helping Perry find the real murderer.

This may not have been the best Perry mystery, but it did its job by making me interested in the outcome of the program. When you are interested then it is a good hour of your time.

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