Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Cheating Chancellor 

Van Fowler is an instructor at Perry's alma mater. He is working on his PhD with Dr. Stuart Logan. Logan is taking advantage of Van by claiming credit for their combined work. When Logan is found dead with Van by the body, he is charged.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Lawrence L. Goldman (as Lawrence Louis Goldman)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Peter Helm ... Bob Hyatt
Louise Latham ... Shirley Logan
James Noah ... Van Fowler
Michael Walker ... Joe Price
Barry Atwater ... Dr. Stuart Logan (as G.B. Atwater)
Peter Hobbs ... James Hyatt
Jay Barney Jay Barney ... District Attorney
Lee Meriwether ... Evelyn Wilcox
Adrianne Ellis Adrianne Ellis ... Myra Finlay (as Adrienne Ellis)
Linda Leighton ... Mrs. Hyatt
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Medical Examiner
Phil Chambers ... Guard


Perry Mason visits his old alma mater to attend a fund-raiser and becomes involved in a case of murder. He is there with a fellow alumni, James Hyatt, who has a son, Bob, preparing to graduate and is a student in Dr. Stuart Logan's class. Dr. Logan has his hopes on becoming the school's Chancellor but has made many enemies along the way. His research assistant, Van Fowler, feels cheated when he sees that Logan is planning to publish his latest book without giving him the co-authorship he had promised. When Fowler complains, Logan threatens to block his PhD. He also creates a furor on campus when he accuses some of the students of cheating and threatens to expel those who have. Bob's friend, Joe Price, stole the answers to the final exam. Finally, Logan has been cheating on his wife, Shirley, with a beautiful artist, Evelyn Wilcox. When Logan is found dead in his office with Fowler standing by the body, it's Van Fowler who is charged with murder and Perry agrees to defend him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

3 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lee Meriwether was selected as Miss America 1955. See more »


Shots of Perry during his final cross-examination show that he is not in the courtroom. See more »


[first lines]
Guard: Get your hands up. Oh, Dr. Logan.
Dr. Stuart Logan: Put your gun away.
Guard: Someone... I thought someone was prowling, sir.
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Referenced in Dark City (1998) See more »

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To fink or not to fink on a friend
26 April 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this episode of Perry Mason after meeting the victim and title character in the story one can only imagine some of what Barry Atwater probably pulled on the way up the educational ladder. There is a severe difference of opinion as to a book he has claimed to have written. A young instructor without tenure played by James Noah saying he did all the work and was entitled to have at least a collaborative share. But Atwater threatens to kill his Ph'D chances should he fuss.

He's also a cheating dog of a man who has been stepping out on wife Louise Latham with Lee Merweather who is a former Miss America. Finally answers to one of Noah's tests were stolen and Atwater is holding the whole class responsible unless the guilty party confesses or he ferrets out the truth. That sure made him a host of enemies.

But when he's stabbed to death it's Noah who is arrested and is fortunate to have Perry Mason visiting because this Raymond Burr's alma mater. Even luckier to have Della Street and William Hopper along for the ride.

A crisis of conscience on the cheating has got Peter Helm in a bind. He doesn't want to be labeled a fink and it's his roommate Michael Walker who ripped off the answers. Helm does the right thing in the end and it's his testimony that leads to the identity of the real killer. But Michael Walker's border on the unbelievable.

It's the reason I can't rate this as a top Mason story.

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