Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Counterfeit Crank 

Gus Dalgran has been acting strangely and his business is suffering from someone embezzling. As things spiral out of his control, his nephew decides to have him declared incompetent. When the nephew is murdered, Gus is charged.


Jerry Hopper


Robert Leslie Bellem, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by)


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
Otto Kruger ... August Dalgran
Jeanette Nolan ... Martha Blair
Don Dubbins ... Kenneth Dalgran
Connie Hines ... Sandra Dalgran
John Larkin John Larkin ... Jay Fenton
Burt Reynolds ... Chuck Blair
Michael King Michael King ... Don Morley
William Woodson William Woodson ... Dr. Jackman
Paul Langton ... Bertram Telford
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... Judge #1


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August "Gus" Dalgran has been acting very odd lately. He seems to be losing lucidity and his business partners are particularly concerned when he refuses to liquidate a parcel of land they sorely need to sell to deal with the company's liquidity problem. When he throws a handful of cash out of his high-rise office window, he's charged with a misdemeanor and refuses to accept any advice from his long-time attorney Perry Mason. Perry, at the request of a friend, attends the court hearing anyway and sees his odd behavior first-hand. It leads Gus' nephew, Kenneth Dalgran, to petition for a competency hearing but Perry isn't buying any of it and can't quite figure what his friend and client is up to. When Perry tells Gus that his nephew is going against all of Gus' wishes, Gus threatens to kill Kenneth. It all takes a far more serious turn when Ken Dalgran is killed and Gus is charged with his murder. Gus had escaped from the sanitarium and is caught with Kenneth's body in the car he was ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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When on the witness stand Sandra Dalgran (Connie Hines) says she saw the movie Too Soon Blues at the Tivoli Theater. There was no such film, but that same year (1961) the movie Too Late Blues starring Bobby Darin came out. See more »


[first lines]
Bank Teller: 90, 95, and 5 makes 2,000.
[tries to stuff the money into an already overstuffed bag]
Bank Teller: I'm afraid it's not gonna close, Mr. Dalgran, unless you put some in your pocket.
August Dalgran: I've got a better idea. You put some in yours.
[takes some money out and stuffs it into the teller's pocket]
August Dalgran: Now, you know, I always give presents away on my birthday.
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A good mystery that could have been better if writers expanded the character
27 August 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Perhaps I was expecting too much from this storyline. With the great Otto Kruger playing, August Dalgran, an aging CEO of a company that has began behaving like he may be having mental problems- I though this was a great concept. The writers went as far to show August signing his name as Santa Claus, telling his co-workers that it is Christmas time in May and then throwing money out the office building to the street below. Then the writers seemed scared to expand the interesting character any further. The mental situation became a red-herring and we resorted back to a regular mystery. And when August became upset at his nephew and said 'I'll Kill him'- we all knew where this show was going.

Sure enough the nephew, Kenneth Dalgran ends up dead and the body just happens to be found in the back of a car that August (Uncle Gus) was driving. And we are back to a normal mystery for a 'Perry Mason' show.

Not to say that the mystery was poor, but the writers had so much material that would have sent the show into many different directions. However, they chose the safe path and we are provided with much less interesting plot than they could have produced.

With that said, the acting was top-notched and episode was entertaining. We also get to see a rare event when Perry lets the defendant testify during the preliminary hearing. Good show that could have been great.

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28 April 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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