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#270: The Case of the
Crafty Kidnapper
Original Airdate: 05/15/66

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Gossip columnist Danny Shine has a reputation for ruining reputations. Consequently, Danny's enemies greatly outnumber his friends. So it could have been one of many that rubbed him out.

Cloris Leachman plays Gloria, and you'll see Gary Collins and The Munster's Pat Priest.

[Edited to entirely remove second paragraph and rewrite last sentence. Previous content misidentified defendant and contained MAJOR spoilers to the ending. Just watched this episode for the first time and wished very much I had not read the previous version of the summary.]

An interesting example of misdirection and unreliable narrative on TV.

Credits Edit

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Directed by Jerry Hopper
Written by William Bast
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


Gary Collins as Alex Tanner
Cloris Leachman as Gloria Shine
Douglas Henderson as Greg Stanley
Anne Whitfield as Patricia Tanner
Mary Foskett as Lola Stanley
John Lasell as Danny Shine
Pat Priest as Norma Fenn
John Holland as Bruno Grant
William Bramley as Leon Vandenberg
Walter Burke as Man
Willis Bouchey as Judge
Patricia Joyce as Receptionist
Lee Miller as Sgt. Brice


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 … Marshall Schlom
Theme Composed by … Fred Steiner
Automobile by … Ford Motor Company

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

Trivia Edit

Anomaly: Walter Burke, listed as “Man,” is called Mr. Adams. Contributed by Tom Rankin, posted by daveb, 12/21/2007.

Goof: As Lola Stanley gets in her car in the Globe News parking lot, a sticker with the CBS Eye logo is clearly visible on her windshield. (However, when she parks in front of a print shop, it is gone; perhaps someone caught the mistake.) Submitted by gracenote, 6/16/2011.
+ Something is still in the corner of the windshield. Perhaps the darker lighting makes it more difficult to see, or perhaps someone did obscure the logo. But why does Lola need to go to the printing-duplicating company to get copies of the documents? The people there are using just a small desktop copier to make the copies. By 1963, Xerox (per its history) for example was selling desktop copiers, so why wouldn't an international organization like Globe News have one accessible to a secretary like Lola in its Los Angeles office? Submitted by (lowercase, with a comma and period) masonite, 10/30/13.

The Copy Shop set again: The copy shop (interior set) is a redress of the San Carlos Camera Shop from TCOT Positive Negative (or vice versa) down to the mailbox on the right and a boxing poster on the wall next to the shop. They were saving time and money. Submitted by Perry Baby 2/13/17
+ Good observation, PB. JohnK, 27 February 2018
+ + Dang, they didn't even wait a week! I transcribed what i could decipher of the words on the boxing poster on last week's episode. Submitted by catyron, August 18th, 2018

The House and Staircase Set: Also, and this is no surprise, the rich house seems to have not changed at all from TCOT Positive Negative. With the series coming to an end they must have been in a rush. JohnK, 27 February 2018
+ Other than Perry's office, that house set, with its distinctive staircase, is the most used set in the series, appearing in dozens of episodes over the years. DOD 4/12/18
+ + The Menorah Mailbox is still affixed to the outside wall of the house. See details about this unexpected piece of Jewish decor in TCOT Positive Negative and TCOT Fanciful Frail. Submitted by catyron, August 18th, 2018

Sightings: The ever-present Pencil Mustache Man listens with rapt attention to the opening statement of the D.A. during the trial. Submitted by gracenote, 6/16/2011.\\ + The young brunette also seems to be in gallery sitting near the Pencil Mustache man. Submitted by Perry Baby 2/5/14

Perry once again gets a coveted on-street parking space right in front of the courthouse...BUT this one is different than the one I am used to seeing as it has no traffic jam in front (pretty much clear streets are shown, a novelty I'd imagine <LOL!>!) AND Perry goes up the court house steps walking "away" from the camera. Submitted by mesave31, 03/18/15.

This is the last of 23 PM appearances for "Judge" Willis Bouchey, who was one of movie director John Ford's stock players. In a 1962 John Ford classic western, Willis Bouchey delivered the final line... "Nothing's too good for the man who shot Liberty Valance."...MikeM. 4/18/2018

West Bend Thermo-Serv: the West Bend Thermo-Serv carafe and one cup can be seen in Perry's office. Submitted by catyron, August 18th, 2018

Comments Edit

Given all the Perry Mason episodes, I cannot remember the guilty party in every episode but this is one I always remember. This also seems to be a reunion episode of prior Perry Mason actors: Douglas Henderson (six appearances), Gary Collins (two appearances), Anne Whitfield (three appearances), Pat Priest (two appearances), John Lasell (two appearances), Walter Burke (five appearances), Patricia Joyce (5 appearances), and John Holland (4 appearances). John Lasell was also the murder victim in the Case of the Promoter's Pill Box. Submitted by Perry Baby 2/5/14

Attorney Bruno Grant warns Perry not to "besmirk" the reputation of his client, Leon Vandenberg. Whether his mangling of the English language affects his own reputation is anyone's guess. Submitted by BobH, 24 December 2015.

Cloris Leachman with a modern hair style was 40 years old when this episode was filmed as Danny Shine's wife. Submitted by Perry Baby 2/5/14

Gossip-Columnist Danny Shine mentions THE FOURTH ESTATE: "1 a group other than the usual powers, as the Three Estates of France [Clergy, Nobility, Commoners] that wields influence. 2 the journalistic profession or its members, the press [Webster's Unabr. Dict.]." Mike Bedard 3.18.15

I think the black mail mechanism (to not testify in the trial) was a weak premise. The prosecution would have wanted to call the Tanners as witnesses since they were present at the crime as well. Of course they could refuse with a contempt of court. Submitted by Perry Baby 2/13/17..about 2 yrs since I had watch all the episodes.

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