Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Nervous Accomplice 

A wealthy woman hires Mason to buy stock in her husband's land company, hoping to force his mistress out. But her plan goes awry when she is charged with the murder of her husband's business partner Mason bought the stock from.


William D. Russell


Erle Stanley Gardner (based on the novel by), Stirling Silliphant (teleplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Margaret Hayes ... Sybil Granger (as Maggie Hayes)
Richard Hale ... George Lutts
Greta Thyssen ... Roxy Howard
William Roerick William Roerick ... Bruce Granger
Robert Cornthwaite ... Herbert Dean
Jean Howell Jean Howell ... Vinnie Dean
James Gavin James Gavin ... Jerome Keddie
Norman Leavitt ... Alexander Redfield
Claudia Bryar ... Ruth Marvel
Morris Ankrum ... Judge Hoyt


Sybil Granger's husband is having an affair with Roxy Howard who lives in the lone model home in a future subdivision. The property was to be subdivided but with the belief that oil has been found there those plans have been canceled. Sybil hires Perry to buy shares in the project to stop the project with the hope of getting her husband back. Perry buys shares in the project from George Lutts. Perry uses the bylaws of the organization to stop the oil exploration. Lutts based on information he receives from his daughter and her husband Herbert Dean meets with Sybil to try to buy the shares back from Perry. As they meet at a site overlooking the subdivision, Lutts is shot. Sybil runs to her car. However, she runs it into a ditch trying to get away and is forced to take a cab to escape. After Meeting with Perry, he has her and a friend take the same cab to confuse the police. Her gun is missing and the police believe she used it to shoot Lutts from a short distance but she insists he was... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

5 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Greta Thyssen was Miss Denmark 1952. See more »


When Perry fires a blank at the white fabric without leaving a wadding hole, no one in the courtroom explicitly says that has happened. In a real hearing, the judge would have told the court reporter to record the results of the test firing for the transcript. See more »


[first lines]
Bruce Granger: [to his secretary] Thank you. Oh, did you include the paragraph on the cost of the drilling rig? Oh, and the estimates for the well, in case it has to go deeper than 5000 feet?
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1951 Miss Denmark in this good episode from season 1
27 November 2011 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

I cannot get enough of the first season of 'Perry Mason'. Raymond Burr is energetic (something missing in the last two or three seasons) and highly emotional when dealing with others in the cast.

In this episode Perry must have been in a savage mood cause he seems ticked off at just about everyone. From his client to Hamilton Burger, he seems ready to call out anyone he thinks is not telling the truth or trying to use him in the court room.

The show starts out with Sybil Granger (Margaret Hayes) spying on her husband Bruce Granger (William Roerick) catting around with a blond bombshell Roxy Howard (Greta Thyssen 1951 Miss Denmark). Sybil does not want to lose her cheating husband and schemes with Perry to get the girl out of the picture. Perry is to buy shares in a development company so that her husband will not be Mr Moneybags to Roxy.

The CEO of the company, George Lutts (Richard Hale), finds out that Sybil has got Perry to buys shares and he go to confront her at the spying spot. A shot rings out and Mr Lutts falls down dead. And then we have a series of strange (or as I say) TV events.

Sybil runs to her car to get away from the scene. Before getting off the dirt road she runs into a ditch. She then makes her way to a rural road when low and behold the third car that passes is a cab. To make matter even worse,she left a loaded gun in her glove compartment.

In the next scene she is in Perry's office. And Perry takes her case as she is charged with murder of Mr Lutts after evidence is produced by the DA's office.

Along the way we get some good acting from the cast and good dialog from the writers. We even have Perry using some-would-say unethical conduct in getting his client freedom.

Anyway this is another good episode. Has all the things that made the Mason series great. Even some great scenes with Perry and Lt Tragg. Only one note-- we get to see Hamilton Burger wearing a hat. I don't think I saw that too many times in the entire series run.

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