Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Glittering Goldfish 

Rollins and Wyatt have discovered a cure for gill fever. As they plan to market the product, they find that Jack Huxley has bought the aquarium business and owns all patents and intellectual property. Huxley is murdered; Wyatt is charged.


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Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Milton Krims (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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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
Cecil Kellaway ... Darrell Metcalf
May Wynn ... Donna Sherwood
John Hudson ... Tom Wyatt
Jacqueline Scott ... Sally Wilson
Catherine McLeod ... Nora Huxley
Willard Sage ... Dan Myers
Gage Clarke ... Frederick Rollins
Murvyn Vye ... Jackson Huxley
S. John Launer ... Judge Thomas J. Hood
Rusty Lane ... Harry Tiller


Tom Wyatt has developed a treatment for gill fever, a disease in tropical fish. His friend and ex-boss Frederick Rollins has sold his tropical fish supply business to Jack Huxley who takes it from him and asks a chemist, Darrell Metcalf to analyze it and reproduce it for him. Wyatt and Rollins consult Perry Mason and are told that scientific discoveries done on behalf of the company become the intellectual property of the purchaser. Wyatt is angered by it all making off the cuff death threats and when Huxley is found dead, he is charged with murder. Wyatt is found with a cut hand that appears to have been cut when he broke a window into the Huxley offices plus Huxley's secretary Sally Wilson is engaged to Wyatt and forced to work late that night with Huxley who made a pass at her. Perry defends him and there are several others who would have liked to see him dead, including his wife Norah and his business partner who tries to steal the business with a story about a phony deal with ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

17 January 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cecile Kellaway who plays Darrel Metcalf here, was one of Hollywood's busiest and most reliable character actors, with nearly 150 credits in his Imdb filmography. He had roles in such memorable films as Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte, the James Stewart version of Harvey and The Postman Aways Rings Twice, in which he was the husband Lana Turner and John Garfield plot to murder. He was twice Oscar nominated as Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of a Leprechaun in Luck of the Irish and for his performance as Spencer Tracy's clergyman in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. See more »


When Hamilton Burger is questioning the "officer", the shadow of the microphone boom can be seen behind the witness. See more »


[first lines]
Tom Wyatt: You're just in time, Mr. Rollins. I was just explaining things to Mr. Huxley.
Frederick Rollins: Don't let me interrupt.
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Not too many people sadden by this murder
30 April 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This entertaining show begins at Fredrick Rollins Tropical Fish Store as one of Mr Rollins' employees, Tom Wyatt, is showing a man named Jackson Huxley a cure for a nasty fish disease named gull fever. Wyatt mixes his paste with the water and the fishes that were near death seemed cure of the disease and are back swimming around. This is going to be something that will bring much money to the store. However we learn that Jackson Huxley had bought the Rollins fish store not long ago and since he owes the company he going to push Wyatt and Rollins out of the way and profit from the remedy. Needless to say Wyatt is not happy.

Later Jackson Huxley is found murdered and the main suspect is Tom Wyatt. When the police learn that Wyatt was also dating a secretary of Huxleys, plus Wyatt's blood was found at the scene, it will be only a short time before Hamilton Burger will issue a murder warrant for Wyatt. Perry will defend him in court against a large amount of unflattering evidence.

But do not think Wyatt was the only suspect. There is a cascade of people that are not sadden by Huxley's demise. From his jilted wife, a fired sexy secretary, a partner in financial trouble, a drunk chemist and the owner of the fish store - Perry will have to look at all the facts and then determine who had the best motive or the luckiest chance to get rid of Huxley.

This is another one of the mysteries that will keep you on your toes. When people team up together to form an alibi, you know that it will be a tough case for Perry to defend. But like always, Perry will maneuver through the muck till a confession is reached and has his client out in time for supper. Good watch.

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