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Perry Mason: The Case of the Bountiful Beauty

Deborah Dearborn is a 20 year-old novelist who has
unknowingly written a novel on her ex-boyfriend's
stepmother. Although John Carew warns her,
his stepmother finds Deborah and threatens to sue her.
Real trouble strikes when the stepmother is found murdered and Deborah must turn to Perry Mason for help.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 7x17
Production Number: 536649
Airdate: Thursday February 06th, 1964

Director: Irving J. Moore
Writer: Robb White

Guest Stars
John van DreelenJohn van Dreelen
As Gideon Long
John ZarembaJohn Zaremba
As Medical Examiner
Sydney SmithSydney Smith
As Judge
George CisarGeorge Cisar
As Neighbor
Fifi DFifi D'Orsay
As Mrs. Davis
Lonnie BlackmanLonnie Blackman
As Miriam Worth (as Lonie Blackman)
Fern BarryFern Barry
As Maid
Sandra WarnerSandra Warner
As Stephanie Carew
Ryan ORyan O'Neal
As John Carew
Zeme NorthZeme North
As Deborah Dearborn
Douglas FowleyDouglas Fowley
As Rubin Cason
Maxwell ReedMaxwell Reed
As Chet Worth
Jean CarsonJean Carson
As Mrs Mitchell
Barbara WilkinBarbara Wilkin
As Switchboard Operator
Main Cast
Raymond BurrRaymond Burr
As Perry Mason
Barbara HaleBarbara Hale
As Della Street
William HopperWilliam Hopper
As Paul Drake
William TalmanWilliam Talman
As Hamilton Burger
Wesley LauWesley Lau
As Lt. Andy Anderson


Opens in Perry’s office where he holds up a book THE WIDOW “sensational novel by 20 year old Deborah Dearborn." A woman calling herself a Mrs. “Seward” inquires about suing her, but Perry says proving libel is difficult: did the author know what she what she was writing was libelous and did she know her? No. Perry says libel suits are not his specialty and Mrs. “Seward" leaves, saying bye to Della at the door. Perry asks Della why she was making faces during the conversation. Della says they were contacted by someone, that a girl named Dearborn called for an appointment, but never called back. Perry recognizes that this is the author’s name. Della says the woman who just left is Stephanie Carew, she's sure of it, remember the Frederick Carew scandal? Perry does, and remembers he was murdered by his young bride, but was acquitted, the judge telling the jury "You have signally failed in your duty." Della warns if she based a book on that woman… Perry finishes, looking at the book “Then she’s the one who’s going to need our help, and lots of it.”..

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Episode Goofs
In the scene with Stephanie at Chet Worth's pool, Stephanie is wearing dark-colored lipstick. When she asks if she can use Chet's Rolls Royce and Chet say "Which one?"all of a sudden she is wearing light-colored lipstick.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorErle Stanley Gardner
Executive ProducerGail Patrick
ProducerArthur Marks  |  Art Seid
Associate ProducerJackson Gillis
CastingHarvey Clermont
Make-upIrving Pringle
Set DecoratorCarl Biddiscombe
Production Sound MixerHerman Lewis
Script SupervisorMarshall Schlom
Director of PhotographyHoward Schwartz
Art DirectorLewis H. Creber
Main Title ThemeFred Steiner
Film EditorAl Clark
Assistant DirectorGordon A. Webb
Story ConsultantSamuel Newman
Wardrobe SupervisorEvelyn Carruth  |  Edward McDermott (2)
Prop MasterRay Thompson (3)
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