Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Laughing Lady 

Carla Chaney is in jail awaiting her trial for murder. She has fired or lost multiple attorneys so Perry is given her case. She tells him about proof she didn't commit the murder but even Perry has a hard time believing her story.


Jesse Hibbs


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Orville H. Hampton


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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 ... Terrence Clay
Constance Towers ... Leona Devore
Jean Hale ... Carla Chaney
John Abbott ... Dr. Durwood Tobey
Bernard Fox ... Peter Stange
John Dall ... Roan Daniel
Allison Hayes ... Cho Sin
Mickey Manners Mickey Manners ... Lenny Linden
John Gallaudet ... Judge
Shirley O'Hara ... Superintendent


While watching a gala event on TV, jail inmate Carla Chaney, who has a lengthy criminal history, sees the woman who she is certain committed the crime she's being held for. She also hears the distinct and high pitched laugh she heard the night of the murder. Carla is being held pending her trial for murdering Gerald Havens, an earlier boyfriend, but maintains she is innocent. The woman she saw at Havens' house is Leona Devore, the very rich owner of the Devore galleries. Leona claims to have been out of the country and then in Hawaii when Havens was killed. When shown photographs of people at the event however, Carla initially picks out gallery employee Cho Sin, not Leona, as the woman she saw. It all creates doubt in Perry's mind and friction with his client who feels no one is taking her side. Correctly identifying the owner of that unique laugh and Perry's knowledge and research on Asian artifacts are central to Perry solving the case and finding the real killer and the reason for ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

12 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This also was Dan Tobin's first appearance as restaurant owner Terrance Clay. Clay's restaurant/bar would act as a neutral ground for Mason and Berger to hang out in for the remainder of the series' run. See more »


When Perry enters the room where Carla is being restrained in jail after her outburst in the TV room she has a folded sheet over her torso and arms. In the next shot, her arms are no longer under the sheet. See more »


[first lines]
Commentator: The cream of society is here en masse tonight. The gowns, the jewels, and the beautiful women wearing them. Truly magnificent. The height of elegance. A wonderful, wonderful occasion.
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Vote for John Dall
6 March 2017 | by darbskiSee all my reviews

I must agree with the reviews I've read. The only thing I'd add would be that I'm just a little disappointed the the great John Dall wasn't given more screen time. He was always so good at being the slimy, slick, creepy guy that you HAD to know was slithering around in the background with ill intent. He had that smooth voice that went right with the parts he usually got, but on Mason, he was at his seediest.

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