Howard Langley has been appointed by the courts as Merle Telford's trustee but it's Howard's wife, Olivia, who has taken charge of the girl. Merle is a week shy of her 21st birthday but is almost child-like in many ways. When she buys airline tickets for herself and her friend, Danny Pierce, Olivia puts a stop to it, even slapping her across the face when she resists. For his part, Danny Pierce is wooing the innocent Merle for no other reason than to get at her diamonds and has been working with Merle's friend, Gina Gilbert, to make that a reality. Paul Drake, who is at the party working for Olivia, catches Merle waiting with luggage for Danny and tells Merle that her diamonds have been stolen from her Aunt Olivia. Once her uncle tells Merle that Olivia was murdered however, Paul contacts Perry Mason to protect Merle's interests as the police want to search her luggage. After Perry arrives, he gives Lt. Anderson the keys and, when the luggage is searched, the murder weapon is found ...
26 May 1962 (USA)
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Joan Staley, who portrays Gina Gilbert, was selected as November 1958 Playmate of the Month. See more
The messenger comments to Danny Pierce (Jack Ging) about the noise of the party next door. Danny says he should "try reading with that racket" and the messenger suggests he crash the party. But Danny is clearly wearing a formal pleated shirt with black studs, which should have made it obvious he was most likely coming from or going to the party, not sitting at home reading. See more
[Merle sleepwalks to her cousin house next door and, while lying on a couch, Julian half-way notices her
She walks in beauty like the night. The question is, why? Escape from the wicked aunt? Lure of forbidden pleasures? Or do you just want a neighbor to play jacks with you?
No, I-I apologize for that last remark. You have grown up, little cousin, in a manner of speaking. Is that it? Have your tender ears picked up whispers? Well, it's all true, darling. I'm depraved, ...