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 »


In Mrs. Granger's first scene with Perry, a bug can be seen crawling on the camera lens. 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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Bailiff! Hold that man!
6 July 2015 | by kapelusznik18See all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** In her attempt to brake up an affair by her cheating husband Bruce Granger, William Roerick, with the hotter then a Forth of July firecracker blond bombshell Roxy Howard,Greta Thyssen, his abused and love sick wife Sybil, Margaret Hayes,is desperate to do anything to get him back. Sybil gets attorney Perry Mason, Raymond Burr, to short circuit Roxy's plans by keeping her from getting half of the real estate assets of the firm Bruce a co-partner in, the Sylvan Glave Devlopment Company, with the greedy and penny pinching George Lutts, Richard Hale. With Perry, using Sybil's money, buying $36,000.00 in shares in the company he keeps the firm from digging for oil, which as it turned out there there never was any, on the property thus leaving Roxy, who got Bruce to make her a co-owner, high and day in trying to get rich off it!

As things soon turn out Lutts in finding out what Sybil and Perry did confronts her, while she's spying on Roxy, and before he can as much say a complete sentence is shot and killed leaving Sybil, the last person who saw him alive, as the #1 suspect in his murder! The usual open and shut case that D.A Hamilton "Ham" Burger, William Talman, gets and as usual royally screws up has Perry do a number of legal maneuvers and acrobatics to get his client, Sybil, off. After putting everyone to sleep with his endless scenarios and mindless double-talk Perry finally goes for the jugular by brow beating the by now totally punch drunk Greta, from Perry's relentless cross -examination, to point out who really was behind Lutts' murder! The person to everyone watching this "Perry Mason" episode who was about as obvious as being the killer then anyone else in the cast!

P.S Were also entertained by Judge Hoyt played the "Eternal Colonel" himself Morris Ankrum who actually had a few lines to deliver including the most important one, when the killer tried to make his getaway, at the very end of the episode. This was Ankrum's first time being a judge, in a record number of 22 appearances, in a "Perry Mason" episode with his last appearance being broadcast some six weeks after his death in 1964!

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