Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Wrathful Wraith 

Perry successfully defends Louise Selff when she is charged with killing her husband. The pressure of the trial has affected Louise so when strange things happen, it appears she killed him again when it turns out he was still alive.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Henry Farrell


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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
Dan Tobin ... Terrance Clay
Jeanne Bal ... Rosemary Welch
Marian McCargo ... Louise Selff (as Marion Moses)
Douglas Dick ... Ted Harberson
Lee Farr Lee Farr ... Glenn Arcott
Gene Lyons ... Ralph Balfour
Walter Brooke ... Deputy D.A.
Winnie Collins Winnie Collins ... Willa Saint Sutton (as Winifred Coffin)
Robert Easton ... Ed Allison
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Stallman


Having successfully defended Louise Selff at a preliminary hearing where she was accused of murdering her missing husband, Perry Mason is now worried about her mental condition. Since she was not tried for killing her husband, Perry completes a claim on a life insurance policy which provides her with a windfall. She maintains that her dead husband's spirit visits her and makes phone calls to her. She has even made use of a spiritualist where she insists her husband has spoken to her during a séance. He tells her where to find a letter in his desk telling her to invest $300,000 in s speculative project with Glenn Arcott. Her advisor, Ralph Balfour, is against the investment. When Perry and Paul find her husband in her garden, apparently just shot a short time before, Louise once again finds herself in court. Determining why her husband disappeared in the first place and what he was trying to tell her through his various calls and psychic appearances is the key if Perry is to keep her ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

7 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marian McCargo who played Louise Selff is the mother of William R. Moses who was Ken Malansky in the later Perry Mason TV films. See more »


After Glenn Arcott demonstrates his process to Paul Drake and attempts to show that the bricks have been bonded, when he moves the bricks it is obvious that they come apart. See more »


[first lines]
Deputy D.A.: And prove that she killed her husband. Your Honor, there are other incontrovertible facts. Twelve witnesses saw this sailboat, with husband and wife aboard, Leave the starting line at the regatta. And eight witnesses, six hours later, boarded this boat adrift in a calm sea and the only person aboard was the defendant.
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Perry exonerates his client twice in one episode
16 January 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this unique and entertaining story we get a situation that is as odd as any Mason show in the collection. An episode that was excellent to watch with a story that was fascinating to the very end.

The episode begins as Perry is defending Louise Selff for a charge of murder. She is accused of murdering her husband on a yacht and disposing the body in the ocean. With the body never found and the testimony all circumstantial, the Judge throws out the charge due to insufficient evidence.

After the court hearing Ms Selff is haunted by seeing visions of her dead husband and verbal contacts from the grave. People are now believing that Louise is going insane and now telling that she actually has seen her husband. But things go from strange to bizarre when her husband is found recently shot on the balcony of the Selff estate. With Louise in possession of the murder weapon she will again go to trial for the murder of her husband.

Perry will again defend Louise Selff in court for the second charge of murder. In court, Perry will tiptoe through testimony involving a contract that will prove to be the reason for all the problems. Louise Selff is not insane nor is she guilty. The true murderer will be exposed and Perry will exonerate his client for the second time in one episode. -- One of the better shows in the last season of the series.

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