Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Nebulous Nephew 

John Brooks arrives at the elderly Stone sisters' home saying he knew a nephew who was declared illegitimate as a youth. Due to his recall of facts they think he is really their nephew. Ernest Stone is murdered in a tangled web of deceit.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Jonathan Latimer


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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 ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Anderson
Beulah Bondi ... Sophia Stone
Ron Starr Ron Starr ... John Brooks
Kate Manx ... Irene Stone
Mark Roberts ... Wayne Jameson
Hugh Marlowe ... Ernest Stone
Ivan Dixon ... Caleb Stone
Meg Wyllie ... Ninevah Stone
Arthur Space ... Leonard
Irene Tedrow ... Sister Theresa


Ernest Stone has enlisted the help of John Brooks in a scam he has planned against two aging relatives, Sophia and Nineveh Stone. Brooks is to show up at the Stone's home and tell them he is a good friend and one-time shipmate of their nephew, Caleb Stone IV who was born out of wedlock and given to an orphanage when he was very young. The idea is that Brooks will demonstrate detailed knowledge of the house, the family and so on so as to suggest he is the real Caleb Stone IV but always deny that he is. The elderly aunts are soon convinced that he is their long lost relative and approach Perry Mason to change their will in Brooks' favor. Perry realizing the John Brooks may be a scam tries to delay them as he investigates Brooks. Brooks grows to like the old ladies and tells Ernest Stone that he wants out of the scam. When Ernest is found dead, John Brooks is charged with murder and Perry defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

26 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Last performance by Kate Manx to be aired before her death. See more »


On the DVD, the closing cast credits are all wrong. The character names and actors are from "Perry Mason: The Case of the Sad Sicilian", from the eighth season. See more »


[first lines]
Ernest Stone: All right, one final run-through without the details.
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21 June 2014 | by oldiesdude1956See all my reviews

At the end of the this great episode on the DVD the ending credits are from 1965. This episode was made for television in 1963. I looked to see if a character in this episode was the late Ivan Dixon from the television show Hogans Heroes which started in 1965, and it obviously was. But surprisingly the credits at end of the show are not from this 1963 episode. Recently I have noticed a lot of these "wrong" credits on a lot of television DVDs from other shows. They probably lost them and replaced them with other credits thinking the public would not notice them. I particularly like this episode because it uses race when it was a taboo subject at the time of its release. I also like the judge in this episode because he always played a crook in earlier movies especially with the "Three Stooges" and other earlier films of the 1940's and 1950's.

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