Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Nervous Accomplice 

A wealthy woman hires Mason to buy stock in her husband's land company, hoping to force his mistress out. But her plan goes awry when she is charged with the murder of her husband's business partner Mason bought the stock from.


William D. Russell


Erle Stanley Gardner (based on the novel by), Stirling Silliphant (teleplay)




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
Margaret Hayes ... Sybil Granger (as Maggie Hayes)
Richard Hale ... George Lutts
Greta Thyssen ... Roxy Howard
William Roerick William Roerick ... Bruce Granger
Robert Cornthwaite ... Herbert Dean
Jean Howell Jean Howell ... Vinnie Dean
James Gavin James Gavin ... Jerome Keddie
Norman Leavitt ... Alexander Redfield
Claudia Bryar ... Ruth Marvel
Morris Ankrum ... Judge Hoyt


Sybil Granger's husband is having an affair with Roxy Howard who lives in the lone model home in a future subdivision. The property was to be subdivided but with the belief that oil has been found there those plans have been canceled. Sybil hires Perry to buy shares in the project to stop the project with the hope of getting her husband back. Perry buys shares in the project from George Lutts. Perry uses the bylaws of the organization to stop the oil exploration. Lutts based on information he receives from his daughter and her husband Herbert Dean meets with Sybil to try to buy the shares back from Perry. As they meet at a site overlooking the subdivision, Lutts is shot. Sybil runs to her car. However, she runs it into a ditch trying to get away and is forced to take a cab to escape. After Meeting with Perry, he has her and a friend take the same cab to confuse the police. Her gun is missing and the police believe she used it to shoot Lutts from a short distance but she insists he was... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



Did You Know?


The first episode in which a murder is committed on-camera. See more »


In Mrs. Granger's first scene with Perry, a bug can be seen crawling on the camera lens. See more »


[first lines]
Bruce Granger: [to his secretary] Thank you. Oh, did you include the paragraph on the cost of the drilling rig? Oh, and the estimates for the well, in case it has to go deeper than 5000 feet?
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Rather weak.
31 August 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A minor problem I've noticed in some of the early "Perry Mason" TV episodes is that the writers didn't really understand what exactly lawyers do. Perry was a lawyer who defended folks up on murder charges....yet in some episodes he's ALSO practicing corporate law (1.02) and here he appears to be dealing with divorces and marital infidelity! Unless you are a tiny town lawyer or practiced long, long ago, lawyers would NOT have branched out into all these would be like a brain surgeon ALSO doing psychiatry or plastic surgery!!

When the story begins, Perry and his client are looking through binoculars at the lady's husband with his bimbo. A bit later, Perry attends a stockholders meeting in which the husband and bimbo are now, in addition to practicing family law he's also some sort of corporate lawyer as this is a stockholder's meeting! And, in behalf of the wife, he ends up ruining the scheme the mistress and husband have cooked up to explore for oil.

As far as the wronged wife is concerned, while her husband is a jerk, she inexpicably says she wants him back....and she STILL loves the guy! She goes so far as to say that when he tires of the mistress, she'll be waiting for him to return to her! However, when a man standing next to the wife is shot and killed, immediately police think she was the killer...and it's up to Mason to solve this odd case.

There are a lot of problems with the plot in this one apart from Mason practicing all sorts of law. He encourages the accused to create a false alibi (which could have gotten him potentially disbarred) AND the entire episode hinges on someone on the witness stand incriminating themselves and someone else...this solving the crime with a 'Perry Mason moment'. In other words, a completely unrealistic solution, as folks is real life almost never admit to a crime on the witness stand! Overall, enjoyable but very weak due to the writing.

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5 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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