Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Witless Witness 

Judge Daniel Redmond has been nominated to run for Lt. Governor due to his high level of respect. However, he soon finds himself being forced to turn it down due to an accusation of fraud and murdering the witness against him.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Samuel Newman (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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 ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Robert Middleton ... Judge Daniel Redmond
David White ... Victor Kendall
Jackie Coogan ... Gus Sawyer
Steve Brodie ... Quinn Torrey
Florida Friebus ... Marian Lamont
Rita Lynn Rita Lynn ... Madge Eberly
Vaughn Taylor ... Martin Weston
Lee Bergere ... James Wall
Harry Holcombe ... Senator Deering




Perry loses a civil case in appellate court, but soon has a murder case, with the judge who ruled against him as defendant. Perry will need to wade through a "perfect" fraud and long chains of finger-pointing to exonerate the judge. Newspaper publisher Victor Kendall, a perennial candidate for Lt Governor, loses the nomination to respected Judge Daniel Redmond. Kendall then attends a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing, where cooperating witness Martin Weston is flabbergasted to hear himself involved in a 20-year-old fraud case. The committee adjourns to give Weston a chance to "refresh his memory". Kendall then goes to Redmond and accuses him of also being involved in the fraud. Weston also says that the judge profited from the scheme. In fact, all he did was, when questioned at a party, to describe a fraud case he'd just prosecuted, giving the schemers the idea of how to avoid the mistakes of the earlier crime. Redmond's old flame Madge Everly was there, but she refuses to help him. ... Written by arthurblock

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


Did You Know?


Perry Mason did lose one case during the series. During the very beginning scene in a courtroom in this episode, the judge and Perry Mason are discussing Perry Mason's losing a case by arguing bad law. The judge suggested Perry take it to a higher court, but Perry told the judge it wouldn't be worth it since the judge's decisions hadn't been overturned in 20 years. See more »


[first lines]
Commentator: Now, to the political news. Attention focused this morning on the pre-convention caucus meeting in the Los Angeles Hotel to select nominees for the slate of state officers. Of particular concern is the nominee for the office of lieutenant governor. Most experts agreed the shoo-in for the job was the man who has unsuccessfully sought it for the past 12 years, Victor Kendall, publisher of "The Clarion." But a sudden dark horse has loomed into contention. The feeling in informed ...
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Slander and murder
8 February 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As this open we see the multi-legal faceted Perry Mason lose in appellate division a civil case. But the well respected judge Robert Middleton who has just been nominated for Lieutenant Governor of California will have need for Raymond Burr's services soon.

A traveling US Senate investigating committee has heard testimony from Vaughn Taylor that Middleton was a beneficiary of insider knowledge while working at the War Department during World War II. Also that he received his first appointment to the bench as a result of his illegal activities.

But then Taylor winds up dead, poisoned with the heart medicine that Middleton's secretary Florida Freibus has, but would be fatal to a heavy drinker like Taylor.

With the help of the Paul Drake Detective Agency for whom Raymond Burr says to William Hopper 'put on an army of operatives' the mystery is solved and the guilty party of both murder and slander is exposed. That last word should tell you who the guilty part is if you watch this good episode.

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Release Date:

16 May 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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