Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Cautious Coquette 

Elaine is being threatened and blackmailed by her husband, Harry Pitkin, so she consults Perry. In a complex series of moves, Perry is sent on a wild goose chase to Elaine's apartment, Harry ends up dead, and Elaine is charged with murder.


Laslo Benedek


Erle Stanley Gardner (based on the novel by), Leo Townsend (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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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
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Virginia Gregg ... Sheila Cromwell
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Stephen Argyle
Kipp Hamilton ... Elaine Barton Pitkin
Harry Jackson Harry Jackson ... Harry Pitkin
Chet Stratton ... Francis Bates (as Chester Stratton)
Sidney Clute ... Frederick Arms (as Sid Clute)
James Seay ... Ross Hollister
Sydney Smith ... Judge Osborn
K.L. Smith K.L. Smith ... Joe Raymond
Brett Halsey ... Robert Finchley


Elaine Barton is being blackmailed by her husband Harry Pitkin. He is threatening to tell her boyfriend Ross Hollister who wants to marry her she is married but Hollister is having a private detective agency investigate her. Hollister's partner Sheila Cromwell stops by to pick up financial papers Hollister is supposed to check out but he hasn't finished the task. He agrees to drop them at Elaine's apartment with a key under the mat so Cromwell can pick them up the next morning as Hollister is going on a business trip. Perry receives a note in the mail with a key to Elaine's apartment indicating he would find a witness to a hit and run accident he is handling. He finds Elaine asleep but after waking her he discovers a license number and a small gun. Elaine asks him to help her with the blackmail but Perry doesn't believe her. The license number takes Perry to Stephen Argyle who employs Pitkin as a driver. He denies the charges even though his car shows damage. Perry receives a call ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



Did You Know?


Virginia Gregg (Sheila Cromwell) was a talented and busy voice and character actor of radio, TV and film. She was the voice of "Mother" in Hitchcock's original Psycho. In connection with Raymond Burr, she made 4 appearances in this series and 4 appearances in Ironside. See more »


Harry Pitkin is still breathing after he has supposedly been shot dead. See more »


[first lines]
[Harry rings the doorbell]
Elaine Pitkin: Who is it?
Elaine Pitkin: Who is it!
Harry Pitkin: You know who it is. Harry
[Elaine opens the door]
Harry Pitkin: [entering room] You forgot to say "come in," Elaine. That's bad manners.
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"That Is Trouble"
27 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Perry Mason picks up a client while investigating a hit and run that's left his other client in the hospital. It was caused as investigation by Harry Jackson who is the husband of Kipp Hamilton. He's a real bottom feeder, he wants some unofficial alimony from Hamilton before letting her go to marry James Seay whom she loves.

Later of course when Jackson is found dead in Hamilton's place good thing she already made the acquaintance of the best lawyer around.

Jackson worked for the affluent Donald Randolph as a chauffeur and had considerable leeway in using the car. Tracking his movements is the way Raymond Burrs solves the crime and also the hit and run he was originally investigating.

Chet Stratton plays another bottom feeder an insurance adjuster. The climax concerns him and it is hilarious.

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Release Date:

18 January 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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