Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Carefree Coronary 

Perry Mason is called in to investigate why an insurance company is near bankruptcy due to excessive claims. He calls in a claimant who appears to be healthy but dies when forced to come in for an exam, putting Perry in the hot seat.


Jesse Hibbs


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Orville H. Hampton


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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
Dan Tobin ... Terrence Clay
Robert Emhardt ... Arthur Wendell
Bruce Bennett ... Reve Watson
Benny Baker ... Jerry Ormond
Whit Bissell ... Dennison Groody
David Lewis ... Wallis Lamphier
Lawrence Montaigne ... Dr. Chauncy Hartlund
Hal Baylor ... Jack David
Joseph Sirola ... Dr. Raul Caudere
Shirley Mitchell ... Marilyn David
Tracy Morgan Tracy Morgan ... Doreen Wilde


Perry Mason is called in by the Lifeline insurance company when they face a flood of questionable disability claims from men who have suffered heart attacks. What intrigues Perry is that the mortality rate among the victims is far lower than the actuarial tables would suggest. Paul Drake sets out to check on some of the claimants and finds one, Jack David, to be in very good physical condition. So Perry asks to have him come in to have the insurance company's doctor examine him. Jack calls Perry the night before the appointment but can't talk. He dies upon entering the doctor's office with his wife and lawyer before he can tell anyone what was really going on, though it's clear in Perry's mind that insurance fraud has been committed. Perry sends Della to an involved doctor, who appears to be a fake, for an exam. Paul Drake goes undercover on a construction site but he too seems to suffer a heart attack and is hospitalized. Perry goes into a Coroner's hearing intent on uncovering the ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

17 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Perry questions Caudere in French, he is saying, "Doctor, where did you study medicine? At the Sorbonne?" See more »


While Paul Drake is watching the people that are faking heart attacks, the diner owner in his wheelchair is reading a newspaper that is just several sheets of blank paper folded to look like a newspaper. See more »


[first lines]
Jack David: [at a boxing match] Get up, you bum. You can sleep later.
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The ending is still under investigation
27 December 2011 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This show is somewhat different from a normal episode in that no formal charges are issued. The show never goes to an official courtroom but mainly plays out in a coroner's inquest. But there is this cloud hanging in the air that what ever happens in the inquest could lead to some serious charges. And not for just anyone but for Perry Mason.

Perry is looking into a situation for Safeline Insurance Company. Seems they are having a large number of clients that have disabling heart conditions. So many that it may bankrupt the company. So Perry does some investigation, with help from Paul Drake, into the matter.

Thinking there is something strange, Perry forces one of the disabled client to come for new check-up. When the person arrives he falls over dead from a heart-attack. His wife hires a lawyer claiming Perry was the cause of the death and is ready with legal action against the insurance company and Perry Mason.

But through Paul Drake, Perry gets information concerning the heart conditions but not until it leads Paul to a near death experience. In fact, in one scene Della is crying and tells Perry that Paul is dying which at the time is believed to be another one of those heart-attacks.

As stated this was a good show. Very interesting activities going on during the entire show. However, how we got to the climax of the show is still under investigation. Someone was presented with a piece of paper with their signature and somehow Perry is saved from losing his law license. Why that writing was so important did not seem to play well. Just to unbelievable. However I did enjoy watching this episode.

Note- during the show Paul Drake goes out and films some people claiming to be disabled. In one filming session he is in a doubled opened window in broad daylight. Yet somehow was not spotted with a movie camera and recording device.

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