Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Deadly Debt 

Danny Talbert, a LA cop, resigns when a mobster he is investigating contacts his family after Danny's dad dies. Danny's brother, Carl, works in his club and has been in trouble before. Danny is seen by Perry leaving the dead man's cabin.


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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
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Chris Robinson ... Carl Talbert
Joe De Santis ... Louie Parker
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Steve Radom
Joan Huntington Joan Huntington ... Kitty Delany
Max Showalter ... Charles Judd
Robert Quarry ... Danny Talbert
Allison Hayes ... Stella Radom
Sheila Bromley ... Mrs. Talbert
Willis Bouchey ... Judge


When Ed Talbert arrives at Union Station in Los Angeles, he's accompanied by Kitty Delany, who he met on the train and who is helping the elderly man. Ed calls his son, Carl, a nightclub piano player but, before the call is even finished, Ed Talbert dies from a heart attack. At the time, Steve Radom was standing by Talbert. The police officer who investigates the death at the station is Danny Talbert, a LAPD Sergeant, who is the son of the dead man. Carl consults Perry Mason and says that he subsequently received a call from Steve Radom saying that his father owed him $10,000. Radom, it turns out, is a well-known gangster and Carl's brother, Danny, pays him a visit. Perry makes an appointment to see Radom about the debt. He is approaching Radom's cabin when he hears shots and sees Danny running away from it. When Radom is found dead, Danny is arrested and charged with murder. There are several people who may have wanted him dead including business partners in Los Angeles. A family ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

1 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Both Perry Mason and an impartial eyewitness see the future defendant in a murder case fleeing the murder scene. It is later established that the defendant was pursuing the actual murderer, but that person was not seen by Perry or the eyewitness. See more »


[first lines]
Kitty Delany: You just set your own pace, Mr. Talbert. We've got all the time in the world.
Ed Talbert: Speak for yourself, young lady. You know I'm 65 years old?
Kitty Delany: No! Why, I would have guessed a good ten years younger.
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you heard of over-acting, this is over-writing
9 December 2011 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Until you watch this episode you will not understand exactly what I am talking about --but this episode had too many surprise moments. It appear as if the writers were desperate in trying to sell their story. And this has been the case for the last few shows. Perhaps the ratings were slipping and they thought by adding extra sub-plots it would keep the viewer on the edge of their seat. All that was really accomplished was a story complex and unreal.

The episode begins with Ed Talbert (Emile Meyer) making a surprise trip to see his youngest son Carl Talbert (Chris Robinson). While he calls and asked to be picked up from the train station, the older Ed Talbert, dies from a heart condition.

Both sons, Carl, and older brother and police sergeant Danny Talbert (Robert Quarry) are baffled as to why their sick father would come to LA without telling anyone. He also cleaned out the bank account and safety deposit box.

But as the story continues we are meet with many strange facts about the Talbert clan. - Carl works for a mobster type character named Louis Parker (Joe De Santis)- Danny, the police dude, is working a case involving Louis Parker- another mobster guy named Steve Radom (Gregory Morton) has a promissory note from the dead older Mr Talbert- and there is some skeletons in the closet of the Talberts' that are indeed germane to the story. So much going on that it is difficult to keep things separated and continuing with the ideas of the story.

And if you want more strange goings on- Danny gets into a scuffle with Steve Radom- Danny drops his service revolver on the floor - later shots ring out- and Perry sees Danny running from the scene- and later, after getting caught, says he was chasing someone. It is just a little too much. they could have wrote four episodes with these strange events taking place all over the TV screen.

Perry ends up defending Danny in court. And at the end of the show, we have another lame confession as they hurry the show to the 52 minute mark.

I will say that the actors, in this episode, did a good job. They were believable which always helps the view of a show. Joe De Santis, as the mobster, was a perfect cast. And the great Shelia Bromley was excellent as Ms Talbert.

All the actors did their part in making this show good- it was the writing that failed. Middle of the pack for me.

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