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

Ex-boxer Dennis 'Duke' Maronek tries to protect his girlfriend and thinks he accidentally killed a man. He tells Perry, his lawyer, but refuses to go to the police. When another man is arrested for the murder, Perry is caught in a bind.


Jerry Hopper


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Orville H. Hampton | 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 (credit only)
Richard Anderson ... Police Lt. Steve Drumm
Mary Ann Mobley ... Sharon Carmody
Paul Lukather ... Dennis 'Duke' Maronek
Anthony Eisley ... Rudy Blair
Rita Lynn Rita Lynn ... Fern Bronwyn
Don Dubbins ... Deputy D.A. Vincent
James Griffith ... Jake Stearns
Harry Holcombe ... Judge
Armand Harrison Armand Harrison ... Ira Dewitt
Sarah Selby ... Millicent - Police Clerk
Isabel Randolph ... Madam Rosa Bruening


Sharon Carmody asks her friend, ex-boxer Duke Maronek, to walk her home as a man, Art Grover, has been harassing her. When they arrive at her apartment, they hear movement inside and Duke goes in alone, only to be jumped by someone inside. Sharon calls the police from a pay phone in the hall. After the melee, Duke finds his attacker dead behind the sofa. Sharon, a model who is up for a major sponsorship job as the White Snow Princess, begs him to dispose of the body so as not to hurt her chances before the police arrive. He does so but consults Perry Mason, who has helped Duke before, late that night. He rejects Perry's advice that he go to the police because of Sharon and because he is afraid of confinement in small places. But when another man is charged with killing the man, Perry is forced to act. He tries to convince Sharon to come forward but she won't and is a near lock to win the job of her dreams. Duke is soon on the run and Perry begins to think that someone else might be ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

24 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Drumm is calling for a roadblock and units to go to the cabin where Duke is staying, he states that Duke is "Heavily armed and dangerous." Since the conversation between him and Blair (who told him where Duke was) is not shown, it would seem that Blair told Drumm there were guns at the cabin. See more »


While Perry, Paul and Sharon are racing to the cabin to save Duke, Paul is seen in the backseat with Perry. The next scene is a frontal shot of the two women, Paul is no longer seen in the back seat. The next shot once again shows Paul in the backseat. See more »


[first lines]
Sharon Carmody: But what if he comes here?
Dennis 'Duke' Maronek: Look, Sharon, there's nothing to worry about. Grover was probably drunk or just sounding off when he threatened to kill you.
Sharon Carmody: Not kill me. Just "mark me up," he said.
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See this one a mile because of the Perry Mason parameters
10 June 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this episode close to the end of the series run, Perry Mason explains that in fact he likes to know up front whether his client his guilty or not. So when Paul Lukather a former boxer and client of Raymond Burr comes to him with a story than in fact he just killed a man it doesn't sit well at all with Burr.

In trying to stretch things to make it seem that Perry Mason was finally going to have a guilty client the writers goofed. It is so obvious who the real killer is, but I won't even go into the plot because you'll know in two sentences.

Perry's record is intact, his client is innocent though he never sees a courtroom.

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