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#266: The Case of the
Unwelcome Well
Original Airdate: 04/03/66

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Perry becomes immersed in a tale of oil, power, and, of course, murder.

Credits Edit

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


Directed by Harmon Jones
Written by Ernest Frankel & Orville H. Hampton
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
William Talman as Hamilton Burger
Richard Anderson as Lt. Steve Drumm

Music | Richard Shores


Wendell Corey as Jerome Klee
Paul Brinegar as Jason Rohan
Marilyn Erskine as Mirabel Corum
Les Tremayne as Harry Lannon
James Best as Allan Winford
Gloria Talbott as Minna Rohan
Danielle DeMetz as Monique Martin
Edmund Hashim as Prince Ben Ali Bhudeem
William Lanteau as Ross Darley
Hal Lynch as Matt Rohan
Gordon Westcourt as Job Rohan
Martin Braddock as Dick Yates
Frank Biro as Judge
Lee Miller as Sgt. Brice
Robert R. Stephenson as Guard


Director of Photography … John M. Nickolaus, Jr.
Art Direction … Lewis Creber
Assistant Director … Robert G. Stone
Film Editor … Richard H. Cahoon A.C.E.
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 … Marshall Schlom
Theme Composed by … Fred Steiner
Automobiles by … Ford Motor Company

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

Trivia Edit

This episode reunites Wendell Corey with fellow Rear Window alumnus Raymond Burr. Submitted by billp, 15 November 2009.

Wendell Corey, whose later acting career was marred by alcoholism, seems to be in a constant state of inebriation (e.g. slurring of words, bleary-eyed expression) through the course of his appearance. He still manages to turn in a good performance, however, as a despicable murder victim candidate. Submitted by BobH, 21 December 2015.

Gloria Talbott, who makes her final of four appearances here on Perry playing Minna Rohan, will forever be known to sci-fi fans as the woman who Married A Monster From Outer Space in the 1958 movie. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 16 December 2009.

Paul Brinegar makes the second of his two Mason appearances, the first being the very minor role of Tom Sackett in the 1958 episode, TCOT Sun Bather’s Diary (#17). In the intervening years, he appeared as trail cook George Washington Wishbone on Rawhide (1959–65). His characterization of Jason Rohan is pretty much a reprise of the Wishbone persona. Submitted by alan_sings, 20 January 2012.

Frank Biro Judged 2 Perrys, a Get Smart & a Streets of San Francisco; he was 1 of 9 actors who presided over 2 episodes {IMDb; Statistics page]. Mike Bedard 3.11.15.

Perry once again gets his coveted on-street parking space right in front of the courthouse! ;-> Submitted by mesave31, 03/12/15.

This is the only PM appearance for Danielle De Metz, who was born in Paris in 1938...MikeM. 4/6/2017

This the second of two PM appearances for Marilyn Erskine, whose 1945 marriage to producer/director Stanley Kramer was annulled in two months...MikeM. 4/12/2018

Comments Edit

Jerome Klee is the most ruthless, vicious character in any of the 271 episodes. This episode is both brutal and whimsical. Excellent dialog, good acting, and a plausible plot (other than the king/child-brother) make this one of my favorite episodes. Submitted by Glovatski Inc, 25 June 2008.
+ I think it's a toss-up between JK & the Hostile Housekeeper in Devious Delinquent for Most Ruthless. Mike Bedard 3.7.15.
++ Klee's rudeness(on first meeting Della in her amazing black party dress) is, of course, unforgivable! Bob61571..12 April 2018

It’s easy for many folks on the East Coast to empathize with Rohan, because many property owners are fighting to prevent natural gas companies from drilling via hydrofracking on the Marcellus Shale. You go, old man! Submitted by gracenote, 6/12/2011.
+Not really an apt comparison. In the episode, Rohan doesn't want to prevent Klee from drilling for oil. Once he sells his land to Klee, Rohan wants Klee to drill for the oil immediately so he can make a fortune and pay the bills for everything he has improvidently already purchased. Klee, caring not one whit about Rohan's spending spree, chooses not to drill for the foreseeable future so he can make an even bigger fortune later on. Not an environmentalist in the bunch. Submitted by BobH, 28 December 2015.
++Slight correction: Rohan didn't sell his land, he sold the mineral rights then mortgaged his land. jfh 20Jul2017.

At the beginning of the episode, Allan Winford and his co-worker Dick Yates display remarkable composure as Jason Rohan's two "warning" shotgun blasts come perilously close to their heads and hit the trailer immediately behind them. Jerome Klee was lucky--if only temporarily-- that Winford did not display the same nonchalance later on in the episode as someone takes a potshot at Klee. Submitted by BobH, 1 July 2016.

Perry is appalled by the "ruthless, vicious" character traits of his client, Jerome Klee. Supposedly a good judge of character, Perry never saw this in his client before? Perhaps he needed the $50,000 annual retainer (worth $360,000 today) to pay for all the indigent clients he defended. Musings by Bill-W2XOY on 08/26/13.
+ Episode 261/266 Parallels: TCOT Scarlet Scandal & Unwelcome Well featured High-Powered clients, High-Priced Lobbyists and Returned Retainers that Perry gave up on Principled ETHICS. Mike Bedard 3.6.15.

My jaw hit the floor at the sight of Della rocking her "little black dress." I've never seen her looking sexier. Submitted by DellaFan, 2/26/2014.

Bad Accent Dept. You'd think that with a name like Edmund Hashim, the actor playing an Arab prince in this episode would have a passable, appropriate accent, but American-born Hashim defaults to that vague Transylvanian lilt so popular in '60s TV. Submitted by francis, 5/2/14.

+Jason Ronan (Paul Brinegar) tells Perry, on a visit to his home, the he and his wife enjoy watching westerns on their new TV. Makes you wonder if he ever happened to catch an episode of "Rawhide"? Submitted by PaulDrake 33. 13 March 2015.

Police Science: Moulage Casts of vehicle tracks were taken at the crime scene; The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook describes an 8-Step Process: Photograph, Mix, Pour, Reinforce, Identify, Remove, Clean, Finish ("Tire Marks," page 51). Mike Bedard 4.1.15

+The moulage shown in court does not match the tire track on the ground. In addition, both are awful skinny for a pickup truck. Looks like no more than 6 inch tread width. Submitted by Kilo 2/11/2018.

The coin actually looks more like it was from Asia like Chinese rather than in the middle east. Submitted by Perry Baby 2/4/17
Was Perry's building named "National Bank of California" in this episode rather than "Brent Building" as earlier (when he pulls up to curb/parks)? Mike Bedard 8.11.2017.

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