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#245: The Case of the
Cheating Chancellor
Original Airdate: 10/03/65

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book (Revised)
A touching scene: Della and Perry are celebrating her birthday. The party doesn’t last long; Perry’s called away to defend Van Fowler for killing a professor at Perry’s old alma mater, Tanner College.

Credits Edit

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Starring Raymond Burr
Based upon characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale, William Hopper


Directed by Arthur Marks
Written by Lawrence Louis Goldman
Arthur Marks \ Art Seid | Producers
Gail Patrick Jackson | Executive Producer
Ernest Frankel | Story Consultant
Orville H. Hampton | Associate Story Consultant
Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
Barbara Hale as Della Street
William Hopper as Paul Drake

Music Composed and Conducted by Richard Shores


Peter Helm as Bob Hyatt
Louise Latham as Shirley Logan
James Noah as Van Fowler
Michael Walker as Joe Price
G. B. Atwater as Dr. Stuart Logan
Peter Hobbs as James Hyatt
Jay Barney as District Attorney
Lee Meriwether as Evelyn Wilcox
Adrianne Ellis as Myra Finlay
Linda Leighton as Mrs. Hyatt
Joseph Mell as Medical Examiner
Phil Chambers as Guard
Stacy Keach as Judge


Director of Photography … John M. Nickolaus, Jr.
Art Direction … Lewis Creber
Assistant Director … Robert G. Stone
Film Editor … Richard W. Farrell
Casting … Harvey Clermont
Makeup … Irving Pringle
Hair Stylist … Annabell
Wardrobe Supervision … Bob Wolfe, Evelyn Carruth
Set Decoration … Carl Biddiscombe
Properties … Ray Thompson
Production Sound Mixer … Herman Lewis
Script Supervision … Hazel W. Hall
Theme Composed by … Fred Steiner

Perry Mason
Produced by the CBS Television Network in association with Paisano Productions

Trivia Edit

Goof: In the scene where the judge adjourns court until tomorrow and everybody rises, Della has on a jumper and sweater. When court resumes, supposedly on the next day, Della has on the same outfit! See here. Submitted by Carol Barton 2/10/2005.

Continuity: Keep an eye on Myra Finlay and Evelyn Wilcox in the two courtroom scenes for odd costume changes. See here. Submitted by daveb, 12/11/2007.

Lee Meriwether makes her first of two appearances here on Perry playing Evelyn Wilcox. Meriwether was chosen Miss America in September 1954, the first year the pageant was telecast. She is probably best known for playing Barnaby Jones’ daughter-in-law on the show of the same name. Submitted by Paul Drake 33, 18 August 2009.

I think of her more for being the Catwoman in the movie "Batman," doing the role due to the unavailability of Julie Newmar. She looked great in the outfit. cgraul 5.8.14

Agreed, Lee Merriwether looks fantastic as Catwoman! She also was for a few episodes a regular member of the Mission:Impossible team, and one of the scientists at the Time Tunnel, but I think of her more for guest starring on Star Trek, "That Which Survives". Her character, Losira, is well-played as a projected image that unintentionally kills a Red Shirt or two. Submitted by Trekkie DyNama, 2014.05.09.

Lee played CRIME LAB technician Joanne Laurens in 3 "FBI" episodes of 1965 [IMDb]. Mike Bedard 2.11.15.

Location: Lee Meriwether’s Malibu beach house plays double duty by appearing in “TCOT Frightened Fisherman.” Submitted by Eric Cooper, 28 April 2011.

The Beach House was best known as the Mildred Pierce House. It was at 26652 Latigo Shores Dr. in Malibu until it fell into the ocean after a 1983 storm. Submitted by Eric Cooper 28 January 2013.

Sighting:The young brunette made brief appearance sitting in the courtroom on the row behind of Joe Price played by one of Robert Walker's sons, Michael Walker. Perry Baby 12/8/13

NOTICE: This story was remade as the season 3 episode of MURDER, SHE WROTE - "Murder in a Minor Key". Submitted by H. Mason 9/24/14 - Revised 11/8/14

This is Louise Latham's second - and final - appearance, only 10 episodes after her previous one. (According to several web sources she is still alive at 93, making her one of PM's more senior alumni.) In both cases she plays a woman who murders her philandering husband, and gives hints of such by acting in a slightly daft manner thruout the show. Observed by Notcom, 060316.

This is the second of three PM writing credits for Lawrence Goldman, who had six writing credits on "The Millionaire" television series...MikeM. 3/9/2017

Comments Edit

During the student demonstration Shirley Logan says, "You came to college to drive your convertibles and do 'The Swim'." Bobby Freeman's "C'mon and Swim" (#5 Pop, #5 R&B) was released in 1964 and became a popular dance craze. Nice pop culture reference for the time. Submitted by Mason Jar 8/23/11

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