Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Reluctant Model 

Maxine Lindsay, aspiring artist and model but naive, becomes embroiled in a law suit about whether a painting is a fake. She repeats the comments of Colin Durant about the painting. Durant is found shot in her shower, so she is charged.


Jesse Hibbs


Jonathan Latimer (teleplay)


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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 ... Lt. Tragg
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Anderson
John Larkin John Larkin ... Otto Olney
Robert Brown ... Goring Gilbert
Joanna Moore ... Grace Olney
Margaret Hayes ... Leslie Rankin
John Dall ... Colin Durant
Jacklyn O'Donnell Jacklyn O'Donnell ... Maxine Lindsay (as Erin O'Donnell)
Carl Prickett Carl Prickett ... Oscar Pickering
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... Judge
Shirley Mitchell ... Ticket Woman


Art student Maxine Lindsay, as the guest of her mentor, art dealer Colin Durant, attends a reception aboard the yacht of millionaire Otto Olney, who is unveiling his newest purchase, a $130,000 Gauguin. When Durant confides that the painting is a fake, Maxine becomes involved in a complicated series of deceptions. Soon gallery owner Leslie Rankin threatens Maxine. Perry Mason is consulted by Rankin wanting to sue Durant. Perry suggests instead that the owner sue to keep Rankin's name and business out of the news to which Rankin and Olney agree. When Durant confronts Perry at dinner, Perry realizes he has been had. In trying to track down Maxine, Perry and Della go to her apartment but the manager says she has moved out. Hearing the shower running, Della looks for Maxine but finds Durant shot laying in the shower. A beatnik artist who uses Maxine as a model is accused of painting a fake which he does not deny as it is in his apartment. A gun turned in from the lockers at the bus ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

31 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the original novel, Rankin is a man, and his first name is Lattimer. See more »


The killer confesses after Paul Drake says his operatives have found incriminating evidence in the killer's workplace. Paul would never have done such a thing, as private detectives are not allowed to conduct evidence searches in California; Paul and his operatives could have lost their licenses and faced criminal charges. See more »


[first lines]
Maxine Lindsay: [seeing well-dressed ladies boarding the yacht] Mr. Durant?
Colin Durant: Hmm?
Maxine Lindsay: I think... I think I better wait for you in the car.
Colin Durant: Don't be sill, Maxine. Mr. Olney said I could bring anybody I wanted.
Maxine Lindsay: He didn't mean anybody in a $12.95 cotton number from Gorman's Basement.
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The actual title of this episode is Erle Stanley Gardner's The Case of the Reluctant Model. See more »

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Everyone is a suspect in this episode
17 October 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Hold on to your hats in this mystery as we get one of those stories where everyone of the guest cast was a suspect in this show. It will not be until Perry assembles the entire cast that one person is still standing in the suspect area that we know the true murderer.

Maxine Lindsey is a young art student that attends an unveiling of Gauguin painting aboard a yacht owned by the millionaire, Otto Olney. Colin Durant, a teacher of Maxine, tells her that the painting is a fake. When Maxine spreads the word, Otto is not amused.

When a young artist named Goring Gilbert advises that he did paint a Gauguin painting it becomes apparent that something is afoot. Not too much longer Colin Durant is found dead in Maxine's apartment and evidence points to Maxine as being the murderer. Perry will defend Maxine in court against charges from Hamilton Burger's office.

It will be away from the courtroom as Perry asks Hamilton Burger to attend a meeting aboard the yacht. There Perry will quiz each cast member until only one is left standing. A different ending from the norm but held the viewers interest till the very end. Good show.

Note- Nice to see Ray Collins back after an extending absents.

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