Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Frustrated Folksinger 

Backwoods Amy Jo Jennings arrives in LA to start a singing career. She is spotted by an agent who signs the naive girl to a contract. In reality she is a wealthy target the agent takes advantage of. When he is killed, she is charged.

Director:

Arthur Marks

Writers:

John Elliotte, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by)
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Cast

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
Gary Crosby ... Jazbo Williams
Bonnie Jones Bonnie Jones ... Amy Jo Jennings
Mark Goddard ... Lester Crawford
Robert H. Harris ... Harry Bronson
Richard Garland Richard Garland ... Lionel Albright
Joyce Meadows Joyce Meadows ... Audrey Stemple
John Considine ... Chris Thompson
Leonard Stone ... Al Siebring
Gale Robbins ... Evelyn Bronson
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Storyline

Perry Mason defends Amy Jo Jennings who is charged with murder after her agent, Harry Bronson, is found dead. Amy Jo had only recently arrived from Tennessee with aspirations to be a singer. She got work at a folk club with musician Jazbo Williams. She is followed by a disc jockey, Lester Crawford, from back home who has hounded her to marry him. He interrupts her act at Williams' club and at Bronson's office. Bronson had seen her singing at Williams' club and signed her to a contract but not before getting Amy Jo - in fact a young heiress to her family firm - to give him $50,000 as an investment in a summer musical she will star in. Bronson and his partner, Al Siebring, are deep in debt plus Bronson's wife is urged by her lover to divorce Bronson. Mary Jo had visited Bronson on the evening he was killed to get her money back after she learned that the lead role had also been promised to a well-known singer, Audrey Stemple. Several people had reason to want to see Bronson dead and ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Gary Crosby (Jazbo Williams) was featured in The Twilight Zone epsd 'Come Wander with Me', where he was in a similair but reverse situation as singer Floyd Burney, the "Rock-a-Billy-Kid",who goes deep into the back woods hoping to find his next hit record. He no sooner arrives than he hears a beautiful singing voice which draws him deeper into the woods. He eventually meets Mary Rachel who tells him the song he heard belonged to someone and that she's forbidden to tell anyone about it. When she finally reveals it to him, Floyd learns that his future is preordained. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jazbo Williams: You looking for somebody, young lady?
Amy Jo Jennings: I'd like to see Mr. Jazbo Williams.
Jazbo Williams: Yes, Ma'am. That's me.
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Another Nomination for Gas-Chamber Gal of 1965
10 February 2017 | by cranvillesquareSee all my reviews

Every once in a while, there's a Mason client who grates on my ears so much, I secretly wish she'd get the cyanide treatment just to spare my hearing. Joyce Bulifant (Nancy Banks, TCOT Ice-Cold Hands) and Patricia Barry (Eva Belter, TCOT Velvet Claws) come to mind; one is a naive and scatterbrained liar, the other is a scheming, conniving liar. Both had voices and deliveries that became irritating after about 30 seconds of exposure.

Sad to say, this client ranks right up there with them. Bonnie Jones's sin as Amy Jo Jennings is that of hokey hillbilly accent. Mark Goddard's was not much better, playing the spurned suitor Lester Crawford who follows the girl to L.A. in vain pursuit of marriage. (If I had been him, I'd have headed in the opposite direction just to put more distance between her and me.) The plot wasn't bad, although the ending was a bit out of nowhere, and Robert Harris as the shady talent agent Harry Bronson played it just right. I gave it three stars just out of mercy. It deserved fewer than that.


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