Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Gallant Grafter 

The CEO of a company is in a proxy fight with another officer with a bad reputation. The CEO is forced to grant his wife a divorce to get her proxies. His opponent has the books checked which turns up a huge theft and a murder.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Sy Salkowitz (story)


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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
Charles Aidman ... Arthur Siddons
Fintan Meyler Fintan Meyler ... Patricia Martin
Herbert Rudley ... Edward Nelson
Virginia Chapman Virginia Chapman ... Sylvia Nelson (as Virginia Arness)
John Stephenson ... Frank Avery
Phillip Terry ... Robert Doniger
Charlotte Austin ... Norma Williams
Nelson Leigh ... Judge
Henry Hunter Henry Hunter ... Banker
Eve McVeagh Eve McVeagh ... Saleswoman


"George Livingston" opens a bank account, makes periodic deposits, and withdraws all $112,000 a month later. Sylvia Nelson forces her husband Edward, company president, to give her a divorce in exchange for her proxies in a hotly contested corporate fight with vice-president Frank Avery. Womanizer Robert Doniger, corporate accountant, reports the $112K embezzlement to Nelson, who consults Perry Mason. Doniger turns out to be "Livingston," and secretary Norma Williams tries to extort half the money from him. Doniger promises his latest girlfriend, Patricia Martin, that he will return the money to the company. Perry and Della Street discover Doniger dead, with Nelson looking suspicious as he is there as well, and Avery acting triumphant. The money is found in Nelson's car. Nelson is arrested and Perry has his work cut out for him. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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6 February 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was sponsored by Palmolive soap, as seen in closing credits picture. See more »


The murder victim is still breathing after being found and declared dead. See more »


[first lines]
Phil - Bank Teller: Will you sign here Mr. Livingston? Would you like us to mail you your monthly statements or will you pick them up here?
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Interesting episode- a lot of information to digest
25 May 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Even though this episode was a good watch- there is so much going on during the show that at times our senses become cloudy with all the content. We have a company having a stockholder meeting for a possible take-over, a theft of company's funds, a bitter divorce, backstabbing friends and yes- a nasty murder.

The main plot has to do with the company's CEO, Edward Nelson. He is being accused of theft from the company's checking account. All this right before Frank Avery tries to get the stockholders to elect him the new CEO.

When Robert Doniger, an employee of the company, calls Mr Nelson to confess to the theft- agrees to repay the money- he is found dead by Perry and Della in his apartment. But Mr Doniger's body is not the only one in the apartment. Mr Nelson was hiding in the kitchen. And to make matters worse, Mr Avery also comes by for a visit and sees his rival, Mr Nelson, inside the dead man's apartment. Needless to say, the stockholders will not be happy.

Perry defends Mr Nelson for the murder and makes his way through evidence presented in court. And we as viewers, get some good courtroom action as one of the witnesses is trapped when the testimony is found full of falsehoods.

Even though this episode is crowded with more potholes than a unpaved highway- we do get a good mystery. The acting is good and the story interesting. -- There is a lot of content in this show.

Good watch.

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