Sylvia Oxman is desperate to retrieve the $7,500 in IOUs she signed over at the Clover Club poker room. She is convinced that her ex-husband Frank Oxman will try to get his hands on them and use them to have her labeled an unfit mother thereby getting custody of their son Peter. Poker room owner Danny Barker isn't going to make it easy for her, however, suggesting that he will sell the IOUs to the highest bidder asking $25,000. Sylvia's grandmother Matilda Benson and her son Robert call on Perry Mason to seek his assistance on Sylvia's behalf and Perry and Paul drake are soon investigating. Perry runs a bluff on Danny Barker to force him to turn over the IOUs at face value. Danny's partner Charles Duncan intervenes to make sure they get their money but nothing untoward takes place. Before long Danny Baker is found dead in his office, killed with Sylvia's gun. Despite the odds, Perry takes on her case and roots out the real killer.
Did You Know?
Ellen Corby, who has a minor role here as "Old Lady Card Player," was one of Hollywood's busiest and most reliable character actresses. Among the more than 250 credits in her IMDb filmography are appearances opposite James Stewart (Vertigo) Don Knotts (The Ghost and Mr. Chicken) and Doris Day (The Glass Bottom Boat). She is best remembered for playing the venerable Grandma in the long-running CBS hit The Waltons, and several of that series' holiday-themed reunion movies. See more
Perry knew before going to the casino that Barker had started a bidding war over Sylvia Oxman's IOU's. Barker would already have contacted Frank Oxman to take his bid, so Perry should not have tried a bluff in which Paul Drake impersonates Frank (or, at least, should have expressed his doubts over whether it would work). See more
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