Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Wintry Wife 

A cold-hearted woman refuses to give her husband a divorce. His new invention gives him financial independence so his request for a divorce causes his wife to plan the destruction of the invention and his girlfriend but she is the victim.


Arthur Marks


Samuel Newman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Jerome Thor Jerome Thor ... Walter Randall
Robert Karnes ... Deputy D.A. Victor Chamberlin
June Vincent ... Laura Randall
Alan Hewitt ... Bruce Sheridan
Marianne Stewart ... Phyllis Hudson
Fredd Wayne ... Roger Phillips
Jean Howell Jean Howell ... Amelia Phillips
Barney Phillips ... Mr. Johnson
Sue England ... Judy Baldwin
Willis Bouchey ... Judge
Paul Barselou Paul Barselou ... John (Ben) Penner (as Paul Barselow)


Cold-hearted Laura Randall dominates the people around her every way she can, from faking being an invalid to blackmail. Her husband Walter, who is about to sell his underwater-sounding invention, asks her for a divorce. Laura knows that Walter now loves her caretaker, Phyllis, so she plots to destroy both the invention and her rival with a time bomb at Walter's lab. Laura forces her brother-in-law Roger who handles her business affairs to build a timed bomb. He had forged a check for an investment in Bruce Sheridan's company that failed which Laura held over Roger. Laura has Phyllis deliver the package to the lab where the invention is stored after Laura takes the sleeping pill given her by Phyllis. Laura follows Phyllis to the lab where she knocks out Phyllis so she is killed in the explosion. Phyllis surviving the bombing decides to see Mason but when she returns home, she learns that Laura was killed after being drugged and dying due to gas from her heater and that she's Lt. ... Written by arthurblock

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

18 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Ben Penner, the private investigator hired by Amelia, is incorrectly identified in the credits as "John Penner". See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Johnson: It's pretty fantastic, Mr. Randall. This underwater sounding equipment could revolutionize maritime navigation.
Walter Randall: Is Nautronics interested?
Mr. Johnson: Yes, definitely. If the field tests work out, you've got yourself the deal you asked for.
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June Vincent magnificently gets her just desserts
24 December 2018 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

She portrayed a hateful and hated woman with relish.

Obviously, she sets herself at the head of the table, she is the one who controls everyone in the vicinity. But she can only do so because of the dirt she has muckraked up on each of them. Including 'Roger" (Fredd Wayne), what does she have on him where she can order him to do something vile and destructive? Alan Hewitt's familiar face is also in this, as is a few other noted character actors of the day.

Walter Randall (Jerome Thor) is the hapless husband, trapped in a marriage to a subhuman icebergmonster. We do not blame him for wanting to get loose. I think at one time or other we have had our Significant Other's be as Clingy as this woman is. In Fact, the "Clingy Disabled Wife" is a common character in Perry Mason episodes, there is another Perry episode where the secretary calls the Bosses' house for instructions, and the Klingon Wife answers and scares the pants off her (Er, Dress, rather - Perry Mason rarely had women in pants). But then the Husband enters the frame and it's apology city - Until she does it again. But in the end, the Husband of that woman has accepted it, and chooses to stay with the troubled, disabled wife.

Here, June's character Laura, is not really disabled at all. Just Clingy, and Cold. And Mean: Her husband, an Engineer, has developed an electronic gadget, a sounding device, that can be controlled via Remote over great distances.

This invention is important to Walter's future, and to his happiness, but one thing stands in his way: Laura "In a Lonely Place" Randall. She orders her brother in law Roger to do something unconscionable, and then seems to order her nurse Phyllis Hudson to participate in this heinous act. This is when it all goes sideways, and we find out, it's not as simple as we thought during the teaser of this episode.

So it is all fun and games until someone loses an eye, and a life, and so suddenly Tragg is sniffing about. That's when we find out, as usual, Phyllis didn't tell Perry everything.

The question is not really "Who had motive to commit a murder". it's actually "Who did Tragg arrest". Which is normally "The Wrong Man" (or Woman in this case), so Perry has to figure out who the real murder is, all during the preliminary hearing! Heck, sometimes it even gets to Trial.

This was one of the episodes sans Hamilton Burger, the Assistant DA is pretty Shakespearean.

This episode has a clever technological twist including tech that is still in use today, For the Late 50's early 60's, Perry Mason was pretty much on the edge of Tech, there were Gadgets and Gizmos, Car Phones, and even one episode had Bugs Galore. The Modus Operandi of this case was VERY clever. And it would have worked but for one thing: Perry Mason was defending.

But this episode would never have caused anyone to blink except for one thing: June Vincent's great performance.

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