Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Woeful Widower 

Perry defends two clients: first the housekeeper Nellie Conway for theft and secondly the stepsister of the murder victim who stands to inherit her estate. Problem is that the husband is the one the finger points at for being the killer.


Jesse Hibbs


Erle Stanley Gardner (based on The Case of The Fiery Fingers), Jackson Gillis (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street (credit only)
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Jerry Van Dyke ... James Douglas
Harry Townes ... Newton Bain
Nancy Gates ... Mary Douglas
Joan Banks Joan Banks ... Nellie Conway (as Joan Lovejoy)
Joyce Meadows ... Carole Moray
Anna Lee Carroll ... Georgiana Douglas (as Ann Carroll)
Shirley Mitchell ... Elizabeth Bain (voice)
Allen Joseph ... Prosecutor
Frank Gerstle ... Sgt. Steve Toland


A distraught Nellie Conway seeks Perry Mason's assistance when she thinks her employer, Newton Bain, is trying to kill his invalid wife. She is certain that he's a killer and has taken some of the pills to prove that they're poison. Mason finds it all far-fetched and his doubts are confirmed when the lab reports show the pills to be simple aspirin. When Bain and his stepbrother-in-law James Douglas set up a sting of sorts to show that Conway was stealing jewelry, Mason appears as her attorney at the request of Mary Douglas, Mrs. Bain's stepsister, who arrived from Hawaii to ensure justice is done. Mary visits Mason with a holographic will written by Elizabeth Bain leaving the bulk of her estate to Mary. However, Mason tells Mary that a missing period could cause problems. His dealings with this family aren't done when Mary is accused of murdering Elizabeth. It's left to Mason to solve the puzzle and identify the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

26 March 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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4th program that Della is absent "visiting her aunt." See more »


[first lines]
Elizabeth Bain: [using an intercom] Nellie! Miss Conway, where are you? Nellie, I want some company. Nellie. Can't you hear me? Come up here.
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The actual title of this episode is Erle Stanley Gardner's The Case of the Woeful Widower. See more »


Version of Perry Mason: The Case of the Fiery Fingers (1958) See more »

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A Name with no Street
1 January 2017 | by BigSkyMaxSee all my reviews

Last of four episodes without Barbara Hale as Della Street. Why was she gone? Where did she go? That's irrelevant, incompetent and immaterial. Plus I haven't found out yet.

A couple of intriguing look-alike character actors in this one. The scary housemaid Nellie Conway is played by the multi-named Joan Banks (Lovejoy). She plays it like a haunted Virginia Christie, who later boldly proclaimed herself the Folgers Coffee Lady I.

I yearn tragically across the decades for the stunning Ann(a Lee) Carroll, playing Georgiana Douglas. She's a belle ringer for Arlene Martel. These women are so beautiful they can only exist in Hollywood.

I like this episode. I don't mind that they picked the ubiquitous Harry Townes to play Newton Bain, a middle-aged Lothario. Most Perry Mason episodes involve old geezers lusting after ladies young enough to be their granddaughters. That was the way they played it back then. Good thing that doesn't happen nowadays.

And lay off Jerry van Dyke. I think any final laugh-with-a-fade-out benefits with 59 percent more banjo.

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