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

Charles Fuller hires Paul to find his mother. Paul does but she is wanted for murdering her husband. Due to amnesia from the incident, Perry gets her off but then Charles is charged with murder of the man who tried to cheat him and his mom.

Director:

Arthur Marks

Writers:

Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Samuel Newman
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Anderson
Paul Winchell ... Henry Clement
Richard Rust ... Charles Fuller
Jeanne Cooper ... Mary Browne
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Vera Hargrave
Sheila Bromley ... Alice Bradley
Les Tremayne ... George Browne
Barry Atwater ... Karl Dickinson (as G. B. Atwater)
Booth Colman Booth Colman ... Doctor Younger
Francis X. Bushman ... Philip
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Storyline

Charles Fuller had hired Paul Drake to find his missing mother, Alice. Paul has found her and knows her story. The woman was found unconscious and half dead from exposure and a fractured skull in a field just outside Las Vegas some six months before. She's now living in Los Angeles but Paul also knows that the day she was found she was also responsible for killing her husband, William Bradley. She was upset as her son had lost a junior partnership because he was accused of embezzling funds from an account at the investment firm. Alice Bradley, as she was known, has lost her memory however and is living with a friend, Vera Hargrave, a nurse she met in the hospital. Lt. Anderson is also on her case and arrests her for having killed her husband. Perry Mason soon takes on her case. There were many witnesses to the murder but Perry manages to have the charges dismissed. The death of the man who received the junior partnership instead of Charles however, leads to Charles being charged with ... Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Philip, the incorrigible flirt at the senior center, was played by silent film star Francis X. Bushman. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Paul Drake: [answering intercom] Yes.
Receptionist on Intercom: Mr. Charles Fuller is here.
Paul Drake: Send him in.
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Pleasant surprise
17 October 2011 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

When I read the beginning plot, I was disappointed to see another episode with embezzlement as the main plot. Oh ho-hum. Fix me another cup of Sanka cause this is going to be the same old storyline by different actors.

However this episode surprised even me- a regular "Perry Mason" watcher. From the beginning where the first snip of a problem is when we see Charles Fuller (Richard Rust) trying to find his lost mother, Alice Fuller Bradley (Shelia Bromley) by means of the Paul Drake Investigation team. This leads us on a ride where embezzlement is the least of the worries for people in this show.

Not revealing too much of the episode, since it is a must see, but the show is somewhat different from the regular Perry shows. We have a motherly figure being accused of a serious crime only to have a condition that even Hamilton Burger knows that she could never be convicted.

Then a son that wants to protect his mother that he will do anything to stop others from hurting or taking advantage. This leads to conflicts that of course leads to another serious crime.

Then we are back to the embezzling that makes nearly everyone an suspect in this story. Put your seat-belt back because we are going for another ride.

With good acting by the entire cast that includes Ms Bromley, Katherine Squire (the nurse), Jeanne Cooper (Young and Restless fame), Paul Winchell and Francis Bushman (from the silent era) this makes the episode much more enjoyable.

Except for the unexcited ending, this episode is a great watch. Maybe one of the best from 1964.


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