Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Misguided Missile 

Major Jerry Reynolds, who supervises missile development, is looking to leave the Air Force. Due to launch failures, the Air Force sends an investigator, who happens to have a grudge against Reynolds. When he is murdered, Jerry is charged.


John Peyser


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Sol Stein | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street (credit only)
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Bruce Bennett ... Dan Morgan
Jeanne Bal ... Helen Rand
Simon Oakland ... Capt. Mike Caldwell
Robert Rockwell ... Maj. Jerry Reynolds
Richard Arlen ... Dr. Harrison
William Schallert ... Dr. Bradbury
Med Flory ... Capt. McVey
George N. Neise ... George Huxley (as George Neise)
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Maj. Cooke
Richard Shannon ... Col. Sloan
Ronnie Knox Ronnie Knox ... Sgt. Lewis


Major Jerry Reynolds is in charge of a rocket project at the Vandenberg Air Force base and they are having major problems. Their most recent launch failed and another attempt is scheduled. It will be the last try for Dan Morgan whose company will lose it's contract to George Huxley's firm if they fail again. The main scientist on the project for Morgan has a severe drinking problem while the Morgan public relations representative is having an affair with Huxley. Reynolds also has to put up with Captain Mike Caldwell from the Inspector General's office who is there to look into the project. Caldwell blames Reynolds for not being promoted so there is a chill in the air. Reynolds plans to resign his commission to take a job with Huxley due to his father's financial problems. He asks Perry to look over the job contract before he signs to make sure there is no conflict of interest. A scientist finds evidence of what caused the last launch failure which is ultimately found hidden in ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

6 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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One of five appearances for Robert Rockwell, and the only one as defendant. See more »


In the court-martial scenes, several characters refer to the time of day without using proper military vocabulary (i.e.--oh-three hundred hours for three a.m.). See more »

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Court Martial for Robert Rockwell
1 November 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Air Force Major Robert Rockwell happens to bring Perry Mason on an Air Force base where he's in charge of a missile test. For Rockwell it's a matter of Raymond Burr looking over a contract of employment as he's planning to leave the Air Force. But soon he needs him as a defense attorney as he is accused in the murder of Simon Oakland who is from the Inspector General's office there to investigate the continual failure of the missile being tested by the Air Force and the one that Rockwell is in charge of. There is also some personal history between Rockwell and Oakland dating from Korea.

The usual group of red herrings are in this episode including a drunken scientist William Schallert, a two timing dame in Jeanne Bal, the scientist in charge Richard Arlen, the owner of the company that is manufacturing the missile Bruce Bennett and more.

Oakland did in fact uncover some sabotage, but I'll leave it at that.

Raymond Burr with investigative help from William Hopper does uncover the truth and shows he's as good at dazzling a military court martial as he is in a civilian venue.

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