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Perry Mason: The Case of the Drowning Duck

A sleazy private eye discovers that his client's prospective son-in-law is the son of a man executed for murder 18 years ago. When the detective turns up murdered, the fiancee is charged with the crime after being seen arguing with the sleuth the previous evening.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Saturday October 12th, 1957

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Guest Stars
Don Beddoe
As George Norris
Paula Winslowe
As Martha Norris (as Paula Winslow)
Rusty Lane
As Chief Glass (Joe Glass)
Joe Forte
As Dr. Creel
Carol Kelly
As Lois Reed
Nolan Leary
As Judge Meeham
Victor Sutherland
As Clyde Waters
Carolyn Craig (1)
As Helen Waters
Gary Vinson
As Marv Adams
Harry Landers
As Donald Briggs
Olive Blakeney
As Mrs. Adams
Tom London
As Cabbie (Charlie)
Philip Tonge
As Cortland (Harry Cortland)
Helen G Hatch
As Secretary (as Helen Hatch)
Main Cast
Raymond Burr
As Perry Mason
Barbara Hale
As Della Street
William Hopper
As Paul Drake


A bus pulls into Logan City and a woman, Lois Reed, gets off. As Lois looks around nervously, a man approaches her and welcomes her back to Logan City. He introduces himself as private investigator Donald Briggs and says he has a cab waiting for her. Lois gets in and they drive to the Sands Motel on the outskirts of town. Briggs has already booked a room and she asks what she's supposed to do. He says that he'll call later with instructions and Lois goes to the room...

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Episode Quotes
Mrs. Adams: You contemptible blackmailer.
Donald Briggs: Around here, a man earns his living digging up potatoes and beets. I dig up information. Now what's the difference?
Mrs. Adams: The difference is in the kind of dirt you use.

Perry: Paul, what kind of luck do you think you'd have investigating an18-year-old murder case?
Paul: I've got trouble enough with the modern ones.

Judge Meeham: The man's dead. What's to be gained by bringing it up again?
Perry: Something with which we're both familiar. Justice.

Marv Adams: This magic water I have here makes fish walk and pigs fly. It also can make a duck drown.

Episode Goofs
When Briggs picks Lois up at the station, the taxi has a larger sign with bright white lettering near the rear of the driver's side door.

As it approaches the motel, the sign is smaller and darker, and centered on the door.

In the next shot, the sign is back to its original position.

The Waters Dairy Farm has an apostrophe in it that doesn't belong in the shot of the sign outside the farm.

But the sign on the barn during the barbeque is correctly punctuated.

When Marv is performing his magic trick with the duck, he picks it up and the bottle he's holding has a cap on it.

In the next shot, the cap instantly disappears.

As Paul and Della approach the house, the man driving the car has black hair and is clearly not Paul.

In the next shot as the car pulls up, Paul is at the wheel.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorErle Stanley Gardner
Executive ProducerGail Patrick
ProducerBen Brady
Associate ProducerSam White
Make-upMel Berns
Set DecoratorWalter M. Scott  |  Charles Vassar
Script SupervisorCosmo Genovese
Director of PhotographyFrank Redman
Story EditorGene Wang
Production SupervisorJ. Paul Popkin
Art DirectorLyle R. Wheeler  |  Lewis H. Creber
Film EditorRichard Cahoon
Assistant DirectorMaxwell O. Henry
Editorial SupervisorArt Seid
Wardrobe SupervisorDick James
Recording MixerHarry M. Leonard
RecordistAlfred Bruzlin
Prop MasterRay Thompson (3)
Warning: Perry Mason season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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