Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Resolute Reformer 

A drunken playboy is in a hit and run accident. Peter's attempt to help the victim by buying his property finds Peter putting his father, who is the county engineer, in a compromised situation on a project when no victim turns up.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Samuel Newman


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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)
Richard Eastham ... Deputy D.A. Parness
Diana Millay ... Debra Bradford
John Hoyt ... William Harper Caine
Douglas Dick ... Peter Caine
James Westerfield ... Roger Quigley
Phillip Terry ... Lawrence Kent
Byron Palmer ... Charles Sistrom
Maxine Stuart ... Grace Witt
John McLiam ... Councilman William Daniels
Hardie Albright ... Supervisor Albert Johnson
Tom Harkness Tom Harkness ... Judge


Peter Caine, driving drunk at night on a lonely road, hits a man and seriously injures him. Peter's companion, Debra Bradford, takes over driving and leaves without offering assistance. She learns the man's name is Joseph Witt and devises a scheme for Peter to pay damages to Grace Witt, Joe's wife. Peter will buy the Witts' property for more than market value, which he willingly does. At the county board meeting, chief county engineer William Harper Caine, Peter's father, sides with Perry Mason to stop construction by contractor Roger Quigley until another survey may be prepared. Such a stop order will bankrupt Quigley, who accuses Caine of conflict of interest, citing Peter's recent real estate purchase. When Caine writes a check to Debra as final payment to Grace Witt, Quigley and his associate, Charles Sistrom, burst in and take pictures of the exchange. Now they want Caine to resign. Perry and Paul Drake find Quigley at home, dead with Caine--gun in hand-- standing over the body. ... Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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14 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode is set mainly in the fictitious County of San Marcos. San Diego County does have a city named San Marcos. See more »


It's hard to believe that suave man of the world Paul Drake would be so flummoxed by one woman's advances. Especially since they were alone. There was no one to get a wrong idea for him to worry about. See more »

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This has all the aspects to make a great mystery
17 July 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Here is a classic 'Perry Mason' show as we get all the aspects of a mystery and all the cover-up of the cast members. And as we all know this leads to an exciting episode.

It begins when Peter Caine hits a man while driving home drunk. His passenger, Debra Bradford, takes control of the car and they leave the scene. The next day Peter feels bad about the accident but instead of reporting the incident to the police, Debra tells him that she has checked and the man is not severely injured and it would be better to buy his property, he has been trying to sell, so him and his wife can retire. Peter goes along.

Peter's father, William Cain, is the County Chief Engineer and is responsible for an aqueduct being built. When the project is stopped for possible re-route, which will bankrupt the contractor Roger Quigley, he learns that the land purchased for the new pathway goes right through the property that Peter Caine purchased. Sounds like conflict of interest by the Chief engineer.

When Roger Quigley is found dead, William Caine is seen holding the gun. Mr Caine will be defended in court by Perry and will have a tough job of going through the mounds of testimonial evidence that looks poor for his client.

A very nice mystery. We will learn there are more things going on in this episode than meets the eye. When one unlikely witness advises that they were driving in an all-night motor rally the house of cards being to fall. Good watch.

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