Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Pathetic Patient 

Dr. Edley is accused of malpractice by a man who wants $5000 to settle the case. Due to a fire burning some x-rays, he tries to find another doctor's records. His wife's ex-boyfriend tells him to settle but ends up murdered.


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Maurice Zimm


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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)
Skip Homeier ... Dr. Wayne Edley
Frank Cady ... Joe Widlock / Hiram Widlock
Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Osborn
Richard Eastham ... Prosecutor Parness
Mort Mills ... Police Sgt. Ben Landro
Peter Whitney ... Roger Gates
Bek Nelson ... Janice Edley
Ed Kemmer ... Leslie Hall (as Edward Kemmer)
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... Judge
Wally Brown ... Mr. Morgan - Manager
Percy Helton ... Asa Cooperman


Dr. Wayne Edley has been working hard to start up a new medical practice in a small community. He's invested the money his wife, Janice, received from an uncle, who was a radiologist, in a new medical center which they've had built by an old friend of hers. He runs into a bit of trouble however when a former patient, Hiram Widlock, accuses him of malpractice. He's prepared to settle for $5,000 and Janice suggests to her husband that they speak to Leslie Hall, her one-time boyfriend. Edley wants nothing to do with Hall. Dr. Edley consults with Perry who tells him he might win but lose while winning. Dr. Edley tries to find small black notebooks that Janice's uncle kept to draw diagrams of what he found in the x-rays he examined. However, before he can find them, Hall gets them and burns them in his fireplace. Dr. Edley, looking for his wife, goes to Hall's house where he finds burnt remains of the notebooks. He leaves after a fight with Hall. When Hall is found dead plus there is no ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

28 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There is no glass in Mrs. Osborn's eyeglasses; they're just frames. See more »


[last lines]
Perry Mason: A famous man once said, "The oldest and best-known evil is even more supportable and tempting than one that's new and untried."
Paul Drake: That figures. I always kind of liked the old temptations best.
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From malpractice to murder
30 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Frank Cady comes in on crutches to Dr. Skip Homeier's clinic and threatens to sue for not discovering a broken hip when he was treated. But for a generous amount of cash up front he'll go away. What Homeier doesn't know is that attorney Ed Kemmer who was Homeier's rival for Bek Nelson fixed this whole affair.

William Hopper has a big part in this episode tracking down Frank Cady. Paul Drake really knows his malpractice rackets. Cady, the future grocer Sam Drucker of Hooterville is a real piece of work.

But oddly enough Cady really has nothing to do with the murder. The show brought in another murder which is a year old and now discovered and the perpetrator was from the left field bleachers.

Still a good show though.

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