Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Renegade Refugee 

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.


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Samuel Newman




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)
Frank Overton ... Father Paul
Dick Foran ... Harlan Merrill
Paul Lambert ... Lawrence Vander
John Sutton ... Clifton Barlow
Karl Held Karl Held ... David Gideon
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Ronald Long ... Arthur Hennings / aka Max Kleinerman
Jennifer Howard ... Winifred Dunbrack
Donna Atwood ... Phyllis Merrill
Denver Pyle ... Emery Fillmore


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 garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

9 December 1961 (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?


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 »


[first lines]
Lawrence Vander: The Director wanted me.
Miss Gibsone: Larry Vander to see you, Mr. Barlow.
Clifton Barlow: Send him in, Miss Gibsone
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Blackmail, murder and war crimes make this episode a nice surprise
8 August 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

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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