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

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In a very rare occurrence, Perry Mason loses a case when Janice Barton is convicted of murdering her aunt and is subsequently sentenced to death. After the verdict, Perry still investigates to try to find the real killer among the heirs.


Jesse Hibbs


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Jonathan Latimer


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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 ... Lt. Tragg
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Anderson
Julie Adams ... Janice Barton
Joan Tompkins Joan Tompkins ... Emily Green
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Letitia Simmons
Jan Shepard Jan Shepard ... Paulette Nevin
Steve Franken ... Christopher Barton (as Stephen Franken)
Lee Bergere ... Dr. Nevin
Hollis Irving ... Violet Barton Ames
Mike Mazurki ... Arthur Jacks
Marie Worsham Marie Worsham ... Elizabeth Carson


Perry Mason has lost a murder trial and his client, Janice Barton, has been sentenced to death in the gas chamber for murdering her Aunt Amanda. Perry holds little hope for the appeal process as he can find no errors in the trial and his client was caught by Burger lying about her actions that night on the stand. She refuses to tell Perry the truth. Furthermore, her life has been a chain of unfortunate incidents involving the death of a boyfriend in Italy and her sister being paralyzed after a car accident. Perry keeps digging with no luck until he learns there had been a prescription mix up. The aunt had been given an old prescription. She was poisoned when she was given her medicine which was always done by Janice. He learns the reason why Janice lied about her actions the night of the murder but it is of no help. Adding pressure is the fact that the appeals for Janice are all denied. Paul visits Brazil to see the family member, Dr. Andrew Barton, who was Amanda's doctor, but he has... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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17 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Contrary to popular belief, the opening scene does not show the jury delivering its guilty verdict - that's already happened - rather, it shows the jury delivering its sentencing verdict, that Janice Barton should be put to death for murder. See more »


During one of his conferences with Janice, Perry mentions having given an oral report to the California Supreme Court in Sacramento. The California Supreme Court is in San Francisco, not Sacramento. However, the court's website notes that the justices hold regular sessions in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento - if this had been the case in 1963, then this is arguably not a goof. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Charles Nevin: Excuse me? The lights, do they mean the jury is returning?
Bailiff: Yes, sir.
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The one that got away?
2 February 2013 | by sol1218See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** You just don't quite know what to expect at the beginning of this Perry Mason,Raymond Burr, episode with a jury verdict being handed down within the first few minutes of it's running. Did I miss something by my watch being too slow or did I turn the TV on 55 minutes too late? No it's as I expected it to be the start of the episode, But the biggest shock is soon to come. Perry's client Janice Barton, Julie Adams, has not only been convicted of first degree murder but she's now sentenced to death in San Quentin's infamous gas chamber as her punishment! Knowing that there's far more to come since Perry Mason feels that the doomed and soon to be executed Janice is hiding something he, despite the verdict, goes on his own investigating Janice's Aunt Amnanda's murder. That in order not only to get her death sentence not only overturned but, with new evidence, thrown out altogether!

Highly complicated murder case with so many different bottles of medication being involved in it that you have to be a licensed pharmacist to figure what exactly is happening. It turns out that Aunt Amanda was given knock out drops to put her to sleep and then pushed off her mansion patio to her death. And it's Janice who gives Aunt Amanda her medication every evening that's arrested tried and convicted in her murder. What bothers Perry is that Janice had a air tight alibi in where she was when her Aunt Amanda was murdered but kept it from him in order to get herself convicted. Why did Janie do it and what are her reasons for doing it.

We soon find out that first Aunt Amanda was to leave her money to her immediate relatives which Janice was one of them. And if Janice is convicted in murdering her, like she was, the money would be split up four instead of five ways with her being disqualified, by murdering Aunt Amanda,in getting any of it. Perry deduces that it had to be one of the other four relatives who murdered Aunt Amanda and framed Janice for the crime. But what puzzles Perry more then anything else is why Janice is so freely taking the rap for it.

****SPOILERS*** The reasons for Janice's strange actions to get herself convicted are far more interesting as well as shocking then who murdered her Aunt Amanda! We also find out later that Janice's attempt to get herself convicted was for a better good that turned out to be a misguided reason on her part. The person or persons she was protecting didn't need any protecting at all! In Janice mistaking them for lovers which they weren't. Which had the person who in fact did murder Aunt Amanda come out of the shadows and fall into the trap that Perry Mason set for him or her!

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