Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Silent Six 

Susan Wolfe is beaten within an inch of her life while her neighbors sit and do nothing. Her overprotective brother, Dave, an L.A. police detective, runs to the apartment to check on his sister and is knocked unconscious as a man is killed.


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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
Richard Anderson ... Police Lt. Steve Drumm
Skip Homeier ... Sgt. Dave Wolfe
Dianne Foster ... Linda Blakely
Cyril Delevanti ... Craig Jefferson
Virginia Gregg ... Flo Oliver
David Macklin ... Ron Peters
Hampton Fancher ... Hamp Fisher
Chris Noel ... Susan Wolfe
Tyler MacDuff ... Herb Jackson
Kenneth MacDonald ... Judge Carter
John Heath John Heath ... Arch


Lt. Steve Drumm asks Perry Mason to defend his good friend, police Sgt. Dave Wolfe, who is accused of having killed Joe Oliver, who had been pursuing his sister Susan and was believed to have just beaten her. Lt. Drumm and Sgt. Wolfe arrived at Susan's apartment building with Sgt. Wolfe in a rage about Oliver. He goes alone to Susan's apartment but, when Lt. Drumm hears gunshots, he finds Oliver's body on the ground and Sgt. Wolfe standing above with his gun in his hand. Sgt. Wolfe says he was knocked unconscious and Oliver was shot with the Sergeant's gun. When Susan wakes, however, she denies it was Oliver who beat her but refuses to say who it was. Oliver was the building superintendent where Susan lived but at least six residents heard her scream for help but didn't want to get involved. For Perry to prove Dave Wolfe's innocence, he will have to determine who among them made their way to Susan's apartment and killed the wrong man, while Lt. Drumm is working to prove Wolfe's guilt. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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21 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This story is based, in part, on the Kitty Genovese murder case. In that one, a young girl in New York was fatally stabbed to death while her neighbors sat by and did nothing. See more »


Lt. Drumm and Sgt. Wolfe arrive at an apartment building in response to a disturbance call. It turns out that no one living in or visiting the building called the police, so who was responsible for the call? See more »


[first lines]
Susan Wolfe: Help! Somebody, please, help me!
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Interesting mystery about six silent people
2 January 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode begins at an apartment complex with a girl screaming for help. The camera then begins to show people in their apartments either trying not to hear the screams or trying to cover up the noise of the screams. Thus we get the title "The Silent Six".

It just so happens the women screaming is Susan Wolfe (Chris Noel) her over-protective brother Dave Wolfe (Skip Homeier) works with Lt Drumm in homicide at the LA Police Department.

Susan has had trouble with the apartment manager named Joe Oliver. He had been making passes at Susan much to the chagrin of Sgt David Wolfe. He went so far as to tell Mr Oliver that he would 'get' him if it ever happened again.

And guess who is the first car to arrive at the screaming-- yes Lt Drumm and Sgt Wolfe. He goes running up to his sister's apartment and enters the door. He then gets hit over the head and dropping the gun to the floor. Next thing Sgt Wolfe knows is he is waking up and Mr Oliver has been shot six times with his duty weapon. And now he is charged with the murder of Mr Oliver. And Lt Drumm ask Perry to handle the case.

Mr Oliver was not the most likable person. We learn through Paul Drake that just about everyone that were the so-called 'Silent Six' had some kind of hatred for Mr Oliver. Everyone is a suspect until Perry examination of a certain witness reveals that all six were not as silent as we were lead to believe.

I like the way the story centered around people that did not want to get involve. Only after Ms Wolfe was beat to the brink of death did everyone wish they would have acted in some way. A good story and good show. Very interesting characters and all carried some type of baggage that adds to the story.

Note- I sure this has happened before but this is the first episode in the LA courthouse that I remember Perry and Hamilton Burger's table were on opposite sides. Perry is to the left of the judge and Hamilton sits to the right. Usually it is the other way around.

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