Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Baffling Bug 

Dr. Todd Meade works for a company developing a new secret process. The company hires Paul to ensure security for a meeting but the details leak. Meade had worked for the competition so, when a man is killed in his lab, he is charged.


Vincent McEveety


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Orville H. Hampton


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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
Grant Williams ... Dr. Todd Meade
Dee Hartford ... Rhonda Coleridge
Ben Cooper ... Lowell Rupert
Aliza Gur ... Dr. Nina Revelli (as Alizia Gur)
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Dr. Malcolm Scranton
Bryan O'Byrne ... Horace Lehigh (as Byron O'Byrne)
Teru Shimada ... Dr. Maseo Tachikawa
S. John Launer ... Judge
Mary Treen ... Bess
Bob Okazaki Bob Okazaki ... Manager (as Robert Okazaki)


At Perry Mason's suggestion, Paul Drake is hired to screen employees at Tryon Industries for a meeting when the owners think their industrial process for desalinization might be stolen. After the details were discussed in the meeting, they find it was stolen and brought to market by a competitor, Coleridge Associates. The obvious suspect is Dr. Todd Meade, a former employee at Coleridge, and who may at one time have been involved with their CEO, Rhonda Coleridge. Also on the development team are Dr. Maseo Tachikawa and Dr. Nina Revelli from Japan and Italy, respectively. Both countries are known for their involvement in industrial espionage. Dr. Maseo Tachikawa is found to be making investments worth far more than his salary. When a counterspy hired by Tryon and working undercover is found dead in Meade's lab, it's Meade who is arrested and charged with murder. When Paul finds that Perry's office has been bugged, they are able to use it to their advantage and set a trap for the real ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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12 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Aliza Gur (Dr. Nina Revelli") participated in the 1960 Miss Universe pageant as Miss Israel. See more »


Horace Lehigh, one of the scientists working for Tryon Laboratories, is actually a private detective working for Dr. Scranton and using an assumed name. He is referred to by this assumed name during the murder trial, even though court actions require that all parties be referred to by their legal names. See more »


[first lines]
Paul Drake: Thank you, doctor. Names, please?
Horace Lehigh: Horace Lehigh
Dr. Nina Revelli: Dr. Nina Revelli.
Dr. Maseo Tachikawa: Dr. Maseo Tachikawa.
Paul Drake: Thank you. Will each of you step in front of the fluoroscope, please?
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A spy story that plays well even today..
4 January 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode involves the world of industrial spy/counter-spy in the dog-eat-dog world of technology.

The show begins inside Tryon Laboratories as they are ready to reveal a new desalinization technique that will mean millions to the company. They hire the Paul Drake Detective Agency to make sure that there are no leaks within the meeting of the doctors working on the development. However, with Paul best work, there is someone recording the meeting which will lead to a competitor, Coleridge Associates, getting the information.

All the doctors are a suspect until the CEO of the company Malcolm Scranton (Gilbert Green) gets a call from Dr Lehigh (Bryon O'Byrne) saying he knows who is selling the secrets.

Mr Scranton calls Perry to meeting him at Dr Lehigh's office but when they arrive find that Dr Lehigh had been murdered. (Dr Lehigh had been a counter-spy for the company in hoping to catch who actually was giving information about the project out to other businesses.) Also they see Dr Todd Meade, a former Coleridge employee but now working at Tryon, standing over the body. Dr Meade is charged with murder and Perry will defend the man in court on the charges.

This episode does a good job of providing the viewer with a different storyline than we have been accustom. Spy stories were big business in the mid 60's so this fit right into the days interest. It also plays quite well even today with hidden cameras, offices being bugged and stealing of company's secrets.

A break in the case happens when Perry finds out that his office is also bugged. He sets in motion a change of events that will lead to the true murderer confessing in court. Even though the so-called evidence was somewhat sketchy it ends the story in a good way for the defendant and the viewer.

A good watch. Lots of suspects, some good ribs at Hamilton Burger and an interesting story- Everything that makes a Perry episode good.

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