Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Velvet Claws 

Eva Belter is caught in a photo leaving an illegal gambling club with a politician. Fearing she will be blackmailed, she asks Perry for help but she seems dishonest and tries to incriminate Perry. Her murdered husband is the blackmailer.


Harmon Jones


Jackson Gillis (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Patricia Barry ... Eva Belter
James Philbrook ... Harrison Burke
Wynn Pearce Wynn Pearce ... Carl Griffin
Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Vickers
Anna-Lisa ... Norma Vickers
Richard Webb ... George Belter
Harry Jackson Harry Jackson ... Frank Locket
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Photographer
Paul Barselou Paul Barselou ... Expert (as Paul Barselow)
Cathie Merchant ... Esther Linten


Eva Belter seeks Perry Mason's assistance when she learns that someone has photographed her leaving an illegal gambling club with well-known politician Harrison Burke. She's not using her real name and wants Perry to deal with Spicy Bits magazine who she fears will publish the photos. Perry sees through her ruse and agrees to represent her. He has his own reasons for disliking Spicy Bits - a client of his committed suicide a year ago after they ran a story on him - but even he is shocked when he learns that Eva is married to George Belter, who secretly owns the magazine. Eva is something of a flirt and certainly does her best to work her charms on Perry, much to Della Street's annoyance. When George Belter is found dead, Perry works to identify the killer, realizing that it may be his client. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

21 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936) Perry marries Della, but a beautiful woman interrupts their honeymoon... See more »


[first lines]
Croupier: Number 2, the winner, watch your hand.
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Crazy Credits

The actual title of this episode is Erle Stanley Gardner's The Case of the Velvet Claws. See more »


Version of The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936) See more »

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Patricia Barry Tour de Force
16 February 2019 | by benjaminponderSee all my reviews

I signed in to IMDb just to review this particular Perry Mason episode. I've read the other reviews, and I can only half agree with the lot, but after watching these episodes now for the last forty plus years, the who, what, where, why, and how these stories unfold is no longer the issue. Now I see the depth of character development, the waning interest in the principle p[layers over the years, and the adherence of the writers to the changing influence in tastes of the sixties culture. I have to say, this particular episode has remained one of my very favorites, if not for the spectacle of Patricia Barry, then the interesting and unique situation Perry faces. I loved the first couple of years or so of this series; every once in a while a gem of an episode emerges. Oh, the web of lies this woman spins and expects Perry to swallow, which he doesn't; but where I think some reviewers get it wrong is why he continues with this less than compliant client. He states it at the beginning of the episode, and he states it at the end. He is far more interested in shutting down Spicy Bits, than proving his client innocent. We see a master manipulator work his way through his client to the end point of getting what he wanted all along. Anyway, that is my take on this episode. Again, a unique one for the series, and a must watch if not for Patricia Barry's histrionics.

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