Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Sad Sicilian 

Italian Paulo Porro is seeing the sites and getting around by visiting Italian families. He says he is a friend of the family from Italy. He visits the Bacio family which stirs up a family feud. The elder Bacio is killed and he is charged.


Jesse Hibbs


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Milton Krims


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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
Margo ... Serafina Bacio
Nico Minardos ... Giangiacomo Bacio
Anthony Caruso ... Enrico Bacio
Fabrizio Mioni ... Paulo Porro
Rudy Solari Rudy Solari ... Massimo Bacio
Linda Marsh ... Elizabeth Bacio
Dabbs Greer ... Dodson
Paul Comi ... Father Reggiani
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... Judge


Enrico Bacio is a crusty old man who keeps everybody in the family under his thumb. He's nasty to Serafina, a woman who is everything but a legal wife to him. His daughter and son, Elizabeth and Massimo, work in the family business but get little respect from their father. Then there's Giangiacomo, whose father has built up the business with Enrico, supposedly as a partner. Nothing was ever documented and, now that Enrico is planning to sell everything for only cash and return to the old country, despite his lawyer's advice not to sell, Giangiacomo feels cheated out of what he thinks is his fair share. Into this mix comes a young man from Italy, Paolo Porro, hailing from the same Sicilian village as the Bacios. As soon as Enrico hears his name, however, he goes straight to the police saying that Paolo is going to kill him due to a 150 year old feud between the families. When Enrico is soon after found dead, Paolo is arrested and Perry Mason defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

11 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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The Case of the Sad Sicilian See more »

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Perry's right arm is not seen in this episode as it's carefully hidden under a large suit. The show's producers used the technique to hide an injury at the time. (In some scenes, he uses only one arm. In others, both arms are hidden under his larger-than-usual outfit.) Fans at the time assumed he'd gained weight. Historians say Raymond Burr injured his shoulder in early 1965 during a helicopter maneuver in Vietnam; the philanthropic actor was well known for his support of the troops (and also veterans). See more »


Neapolitan and Sicilian dialects are separate and distinct. This should have made the defendant,s true city of origin quite evident to all the native Italian speakers. See more »


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Gardner must be spinning in his grave.
2 August 2016 | by TomlonsoSee all my reviews

This is what the world was like before Political Correctness. If this episode is to be believed, all - and I mean all - Sicilians carry 100 year old grudges, talk with their mouths full of oily pasta in a voice loud enough to peel the marinara off a lasagna, are misogynistic boobs, use only red and white checked napkins and tablecloths, always drink wine, and add-a an a-ah to-a the end-a of-a every-a word-a.

What drivel.

Stereotypes aside, the only mystery here is why the surviving actors and the Gardner estate aren't suing to keep this episode out of syndication. When it came time to reveal the killer, I was really hoping the answer would be "everybody".

Erle Stanley Gardner died five years after this episode aired. I think what the writers of this turkey did to his characters has to be in some way responsible.

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