Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Impetuous Imp 

Diana Carter is assisted from the water after stealing a message in a bottle from her dead aunt's home. She believes the man her aunt married murdered her. Perry must first defend her for theft but when the man is killed, she is charged.


Arthur Marks


William Bast (teleplay), Erle Stanley Gardner (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
Richard Anderson ... Police Lt. Steve Drumm
Dan Tobin ... Terrance Clay
Stuart Erwin ... Henry Simmons
Bonnie Jones Bonnie Jones ... Diana Carter
Hanna Landy ... Helga Dolwig
Don Dubbins ... Deputy D.A. Bill Vincent
Jeff Cooper ... Henning Dolwig
Frank Marth ... Mike Carson
Richard Webb ... Addison Powell
James McCallion ... Harvey Blake
Byron Morrow ... Judge Brawley


Out on his boat late one evening, Perry rescues an attractive young blond, Diana Carter, who he sees fleeing a German Shepherd dog pursuing her. She was running from the home of Addison Powell who was once married to her aunt, Elvira Simmons, and is believed by some in her family, especially her uncle, Henry Simmons, to have killed her. Diana thinks she now has the proof - a note in a bottle - that will lead to Powell's conviction but Perry reads the note and tells her it can't be real. The next morning when he meets Della, she tells him about the excitement the night before when $50,000 worth of jewelry was taken from Addison Powell's home. He then realizes he was the accomplice described in the news reports. Diana's Uncle Henry comes to Perry to defend Diana on the theft charges. Perry gets her out without bail and tells her to stay at home. When Powell is later found dead, Diana is charged with murder and Perry defends her. His work is delayed by the police who won't allow him ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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10 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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This episode is based on the novel, "Case of the Negligent Nymph" by Erle Stanley Gardner, originally published in 1950. See more »


When Diana jumped into the water she the bottle with the note she didn't have it when she was swimming to the boat. When she got to the boat she had the bottle. See more »


[last lines]
Paul Drake: Diana, it's a surefire bestseller. What's the title?
Diana Carter: I owe that to you, Mr. Mason. You discovered Paul for me. The Amorous Adventures of Paul Lake, Private Eye.
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Hamilton Burger sends in a pinch hitter
26 April 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Pretty young Bonnie Jones budding mystery writer is fished out of the water by Perry Mason and whoever expected that he'd be fishing for clients in that way. She turns out to be his client when the police arrest her for the murder of her uncle Richard Webb.

The former square jawed all American hero Captain Midnight, Webb turns out to be a convincing villain. He married Jones's aunt and now has control of a considerable fortune to the disgust of Jones, Stu Erwin, his brother-in-law and Jones's uncle and any number of other people. Not too many will mourn for him.

Still murder is committed and the truth must be found so that we can decide how much one has to pay. In this case the murderer should not pay too much and we know that Perry Mason does not defend guilty clients.

By the way some forensics not covered by the police, but discovered by Raymond Burr lead the way to the discoverer of the culprit.

In this episode William Talman sent in a young ADA in Don Dubbins to tackle Perry Mason. Silly Hamilton Burger, Dubbins does no better than Burger does and in fact Burger steps in to save the case which we know will be to no avail.

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