Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Prankish Professor 

Laura Hewes' divorce is nearly complete. After an experiment in his class, her husband learns she is in town staying with another couple. His problems compound due to a charge of plagiarism. When he is murdered, Laura is charged.


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Robert C. Dennis, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by)


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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 (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Kent Smith ... Dr. Curtis Metcalfe
Constance Towers ... Esther Metcalfe
Patricia Breslin ... Laura Hewes
Barry Atwater ... Prof. Ronald Hewes
Don Dubbins ... Ned Bertell
Joyce Van Patten ... Sally Sheldon
John Gallaudet ... Judge
Barbara Pepper ... Mrs. Williamson
Jackie Searl ... Ollie Benson (as Jack Searl)


Professor Ronald Hewes teaches English at Euclid College and, as an exercise in observation, has someone he's hired burst into his creative writing class and shoot him with a gun loaded with blanks. The students are quickly calmed but, when he returns to his office, the fake gunmen tells him that had he fired a second shot, he would most certainly would have been killed as someone had put in a clip with live bullets. He's separated from his wife, Laura, who is supposed to be out of town. Hewes is accused by Sally Sheldon of having stolen the manuscript for his best selling novel from her dead sister who died from a sleeping pill overdose after learning she was pregnant. In fact, Sally wrote the story for her dead sister which describes the decadent life on a college campus. Hewes learns Laura is staying with friends, Dr. Curtis and Esther Metcalfe, so they agree to meet at the Metcalfe home. When her husband is found dead, she is charged with his murder and Perry, whom Ronald had ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

17 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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The Case of the Prankish Professor See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This telecast marked the single credited role as the heroic student, Mr. Moncton, by Chris Washburn. See more »


Lt. Anderson assigns Sgt. Brice to tail Paul Drake. Brice is about the worst choice possible for this assignment, considering that Drake knows him well enough to spot him from the other side of a street. See more »


[first lines]
Professor Ronald Hewes: [lecturing to class] In Thomas Paine's Common Sense, the same incident is related by a group of observers. But where Paine uses the obvious disparities in the descriptions of the incident to make an anti-religious argument, I am more concerned here with the reporting of the incident as it affects a phase of creative writing. I am concerned with the sometimes unbridgeable gulf between what we see, what we remember, and what we subsequently commit to writing.
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Very entertaining mystery
8 October 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The episode begins inside the college class room of Professor Hewes English class. During an staged experiment, the Professor comes very close to being murdered when someone replaces blank bullets with the real ones. Professor thinks someone is trying to kill him.

The Professor is right to be suspicious since he plans on getting a divorce from his wife and also has stolen a manuscript, from a former female student that has recently died, and published a book, 'L'Affaire Annabelleas' as his own. And now the dead student's sister, Sally Sheldon, has found out that the Professor has claimed he wrote the book and used a false name as the author. Sally is putting the squeeze on Professor Hewes.

When Professor Hewes ends up stabbed to death much evidence points to his wife, Laura, as the suspect. It was just days before the divorce became final and now Laura is set to receive a large amount of money that was going to her ex-husband. And with her fingerprints on the murder weapon, it does not look good for Perry's client, Laura Hewes.

An entertaining mystery that was well written and well acted by the people involved. A notable thing in the show is that we actually get two gallery spectators that stand up during the trial making confessions to testimonial evidence- both are standing at the same time. The episode was interesting from beginning to end which always makes for a good watch.

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