Harlan Merrill is acting strangely at the same time a reporter reveals he is looking for an escaped Nazi among the executives of an aerospace company. Merrill tries to see Mason but misses him. When the reporter is killed, he is charged.
Journalist and author Lawrence Vander is at Space Associates Ltd under the pretense of writing a story about the firm. In a meeting with company president Clifton Barlow, however, he reveals that a notorious Nazi, Max Kleinerman, did not die in World War II but escaped arrest using a false identity. Vander believes he is living in Los Angeles and working in Barlow's company. At around the same time, Harlan Merrill's wife, Phyllis, visits Perry Mason concerned that her husband, who works at Space Associates, is acting strangely. Merrill himself goes to see Perry to transfer all of his assets to his wife and it soon becomes apparent that he is being blackmailed. Merrill tracks Vander to a retreat the company executives frequent where he confronts Vander, who is later found dead and money is found missing from the company. Merrill breaks down and tells Perry he is a World War II army deserter but Pentagon records don't support that story. When Vander is found murdered, Merrill is charged...Written by
Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) interrogates Arthur Henning (Ronald Long) on the stand. Eight years later, Long would appear on "Get Smart" as the wheelchair-bound villain "Leadside", a parody of Burr's post-Mason "Ironside" character. See more »
Blackmail, murder and war crimes make this episode a nice surprise
A newspaper journalist visits Space Associates Ltd. with a bit of information concerning that one of their employees is an ex-Nazi criminal named Max Keinermann. The journalist just needs a little time to find out exactly which employees is the one that wrote a note from the company to his dying wife.
One employee, Harlan Merill, has a past that he wants hidden and becomes the main suspect of the investigation. During a religious retreat for the employees of Space Associates, the journalist ends up dead and all the evidence points to Harlan Merill as the murderer. It is apparent to all that Mr Merrill has a secret that he does not want revealed.
Perry will defend Merrill is court against not only the murder but also the Nazi claim. And with many witnesses this will prove difficult. But with help from Paul Drake, Perry will get to the bottom of Merrill's past and reveal his hidden identity.
The episode is full of suspense and surprises. This show proves to be more than just a murder case but also revealing of war memories. Some of the memories may have been faded but by the end of the show all will be well in the office of Perry Mason. Very good show.
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