Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Ominous Outcast 

A man travels to Outcast to thank a man who donated to the orphanage where he was raised but is turned away due to his looks by everyone but a man he met fishing. When the man he came to thank is murdered, he is charged with the crime.


Arthur Hiller


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Jackson Gillis




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Robert Emhardt ... J. J. Flaherty
Jeremy Slate ... Bob Lansing
Margaret Hayes ... Vivian Bell (as Maggie Hayes)
Denver Pyle ... Tom Quincy
Walter Burke ... James Blackburn
Irene Tedrow ... Amy Douglas
Claude Stroud ... Jeff Douglas
Henry Norell Henry Norell ... Frederick Bell
Willis Bouchey ... Judge (as Willis B. Bouchet)
Jack Holland Jack Holland ... Autopsy Surgeon
David McMahon ... Bartender


In Outcast, CA, newcomer Bob Lansing encounters strange, hostile reactions from the barber to the owner of the hotel who refuses him a room. The only friendly face is J. J. Flaherty who Bob met while fishing but he is really a private eye. At the request of Dr. Kennedy, headmaster of the orphanage where he was raised, Bob is there to look up Frederick Bell, who has been sending anonymous donations to the orphanage for several years. Bell denies this. Suspicious, Bob returns to Los Angeles and consults Perry Mason. From old newspaper accounts, Bob thinks he may be the son of notorious bank robber Lynn Aberdeen, who killed two deputy sheriffs. Curiously, Bell was a clerk in the bank when it was robbed. Now Bell works for the town's richest tycoon, Tom Quincy, who is having an affair with Bell's wife Vivian. Bob decides to return to Outcast against the advice of Perry to confront the people and learn more of the history. Bell is found dead with Bob leaning over him. Bob is arrested, and ... Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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21 May 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When D.A. James Blackburn is questioning Vivian Bell, and finishes, the Judge tells her she can step down, however his lips do not move. See more »


[first lines]
Bob Lansing: Hey, wait a minute. You're not locking up, are you? I was just gonna check in at the hotel and come right back for a haircut.
Jeff Douglas: Little lunch, little fishing in the creek, little nap and, uh, back at 2...
Bob Lansing: Yeah, well, I'll be thrown into the dog pound by then. Is there another barber in town?
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Familiar looking stranger in town
27 August 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jeremy Slate who spent his young years growing up in an orphanage had his expenses and more paid by a mysterious Great Expectations like benefactor from the town of Ominous, California. Slate comes to Ominous to look up his mysterious benefactor and he's treated like typhoid Mary. No doubt who dear old dad was and during the course of the episode some hint about who mom was as well. Slate is the spitting image of his father who robbed a bank and killed two deputies, but disposed of the loot before dying himself.

Now the man who was sending gifts to the orphanage winds up beaten to death with an unconscious Slate nearby. This is when Raymond Burr comes to Ominous to defend Slate.

Nice performances, but the murderer for me could be only one of two people, those with the oiliest manner about them. And it was one of them.

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