Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the 12th Wildcat 

Wealthy Ellen Payne is the primary owner of the Wildcats football team. Her husband, Burt, owns ten percent. He was a successful college player but is now a drunk gambler who causes grief for everyone. When he is killed, she is charged.


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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
Mona Freeman ... Ellen Payne
Bill Williams ... Burt Payne
Regis Toomey ... Andy Grant
John Conte John Conte ... Judson Warner
Karl Swenson ... Unk Hazekian
Robert Quarry ... Casey Banks
Roy Roberts ... Harvey Skeen
Clark Howat ... Team Doctor
Willis Bouchey ... Judge
George Cisar ... Bartender


Burt Payne, ten percent owner of the Los Angeles Wildcats professional football team, is a drunk gambler who takes pleasure taking down his employees or his wealthy wife, who owns the rest of the team, a peg or two. On a return trip by train from a road game, Payne tells one employee that he will fire him on return to L.A. At a train stop, his wife refuses to let him sell his stake in the team to a potential buyer. Payne's wife, Ellen, is desperate to contact Perry Mason about something so she calls him from a pay phone at a stop but she runs out of time. Back on the train, she is told by a representative of Harvey Skeen that he is on the train with $100,000 to close a deal for her husband's share of the team. Meanwhile, Perry is left with an open line wondering what she wants. He arrives at the train station to meet her, finding there has been a fire in one of the train cars and Burt Payne is dead. Ellen is charged with her husband's murder but there are several people who would ... Written by garykmcd

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31 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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The fictional Los Angeles Wildcats are played by members of the real-life Los Angeles Rams football team. See more »


Two scenes set on a football field use rather unconvincing back projection with the actors in the foreground. See more »


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This episode is good in many ways
29 December 2011 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This turned out to be a good episode. It involves a football team named the Wildcats. The team is owned by Burt Payne (Bill Williams) and wife Ellen Payne (Mona Freeman). Burt, an obnoxious drunk that treats everyone like trash, is in some kind of trouble with a bookie and agrees to sell his share in the Wildcats to a firm. However Ellen ,who must also sign, knows nothing about the sell.

On a train trip with the team, Burt is again treating everyone like dirt when he dies in a fire aboard the train. Needless to say not many tears was shed but through some evidence that Lt Drumm discovers Ellen is arrested for the death of her husband, Burt. ( I would have declare it justifiable homicide). However Perry believes there is more to this case than just what was presented by the DA's office and set out to find the truth.

And the truth will come to a shock for many people. When Perry and Paul set an almost comical trap at LA Memorial Coliseum after a Wildcat football game.. When the results of the trap are revealed- there will be gasping in the gallery.

The acting in this episode is top notch. Bill Williams, the wife of Barabra Hale, is again cast in one of Perry's mysteries. Bill does a great job of being the hated drunk man. His casting was perfect for this show.

Mona Freeman, as Ellen, is also a good cast. She is one the viewer can connect with in order to make the story more interesting.

But make sure you stay for the ending. It will clear up a very muddy river of accusations.

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