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#61: The Case of the
Bedeviled Doctor
Original Airdate: 04/04/59

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Dr. David Craig is in big trouble. Some of his tapes of conversations with his psychiatric patients are missing, and being used for blackmail. After a brief consultation with good friend Perry Mason, Craig decides to drop the issue. But Craig has been covering for Edith, his nurse and the woman he loves, while she in turn has been protecting her brother from the mob. When Edith's brother Mark is murdered, the good doctor is arrested for the crime.

Perry cases the scene of the crime in a new convertible. There follows one of his most explosive trials.

Credits Edit

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Opening

Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of THE BEDEVILED DOCTOR
Based upon characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale as Della Street
William Hopper as Paul Drake
William Talman as Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins as Lt. Tragg

Trailing

Directed by Arthur Marks
Story by Jay Dratler and Gene Wang
Teleplay by Gene Wang
Ben Brady | Producer
Produced by CBS Television in association with Paisano Productions
Gail Patrick Jackson | Executive Producer
Sam White | Associate Producer

Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
Barbara Hale as Della Street
William Hopper as Paul Drake
William Talman as Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins as Lt. Tragg

Cast

Dick Foran as Dr. David Craig
Marianne Stewart as Edith Douglas
Norma Moore as Dana Lewis
Phillip Terry as Peter Heywood
Barry McGuire as Mark Douglas
Allen Case as Ronny Fowler
Andrea King as Barbara Heywood
Frederic Worlock as Judge
Michael Fox as Dr. Hexie
George E. Stone as Court Clerk
John McKee as Faulkner
Jane Eagar as Martha

Uncredited Actors
Don Anderson as Pedestrian (sighted by FredK 10/25/2010)
Lee Miller as Sgt. Brice

Crew

Gene Wang | Story Consultant
Production Supervisor … J. Paul Popkin
Story Editor … Alice Young
Director of Photography … Frank Redman, A.S.C.

Art Direction … { Lyle Wheeler
Lewis Creber
Editorial Supervision … Art Seid, A.C.E.
Film Editor … Richard Cahoon, A.C.E.
Assistant Director … Morris Harmell
Casting … Harvey Clermont
Makeup … Richard Hamilton
Hair Stylist … Annabell, S.C.H.
Wardrobe Supervision … Dick James
Set Decoration … Walter M. Scott, Charles Q. Vassar
Properties … Ray Thompson
Sound Editor … Gene Eliot, M.P.S.E.
Production Sound Mixer … Roy Meadows
Script Supervision … William E. Orr

Perry Mason
Filmed in Hollywood by TCF Television Productions, Inc.
A CBS Television Network Production

Trivia Edit

CARS: 1959 Edsel convertible, medium color, white interior, top down, 1955 Cadillac series 62 convertible, medium color, top down, 1959 Cadillac series 62 convertible, black, black & white interior, white top up (Mason), 1959 Plymouth Savoy 4dr sedan, black & white (Police), Cameo: 1955 Chevrolet Nomad, medium color & white top. From The Cars by Greg Cockerill.

Anomaly: Michael Fox is listed as Dr. Hexie in the closing credits, but is called Dr. Hoxie during the trial. Edited by Charles Richmond, 12/5/2008.

The Bedeviled Doctor of this episode is nicely acted by Dick Foran. Old-timers will remember Dick Foran as the Warner Brothers singing cowboy answer to Gene Autry in the late 30s and early 40s. While acting in over 20 western movies, he introduced his theme song “I’ll Remember April” in Ride Em Cowboy in 1942. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 11 August 2009.
+ One unorthodox western Foran acted in was the W. C. Fields classic "My Little Chickadee" (1940), where he portrayed one of Mae West's suitors. Submitted by francis, 7/15/14.

The plot of this episode is similar to that of Whirlpool, a 1950 movie sterring Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, José Ferrer. jfh 20Oct2017.

Sightings: Two of the blurry background figures in the courtroom gallery appear to be “Miss Carmody” and Distinguished Gentleman #1. The Little Old Lady In a Hat can also be seen in the gallery. More about these people here. Submitted by alan_sings, 16 October 2010.
+The Distinguished Lady #4 plays a patient (Mrs Wallace) that is waiting for the doctor around the 6 minute mark. This is the best view that we will see of her in the entire series. Submitted by BigBill767, 2/4/2017.

Uncredited Actors: Don Anderson’s appearance in this episode is very brief. In the establishing shot of the doctor’s office, Anderson and a woman companion walk past the building. Submitted by FredK, 25 Oct 2010.

License plate: Perry has done it again. He drives a Cadillac with a different plate number - RGG 277. It is the fifth different license plate on one of his Cadillacs. Submitted by H. Mason 10/18/14

Car Talk: Kid brother Mark drives a Cadillac -- a few years old, but still a Cadillac. The career choice of gambling bum must have provided an OK income. Meanwhile sister Edith's ride is an Edsel. According to edsel.com, you could drive one of those beauties away for about $3,000, and a little more bought you a ragtop or station wagon. I've not made a count, but there seems to be a disproportionate number of Edsels in Perry Mason; Ford Motor Company must have leaned heavily on CBS for marketing support for the ill-fated itinerant icon. JohnK, 13 December 2015

REUNITED CAST: Raymond Burr, Dick Foran and even Lee Miller all appeared in the 1956 noir, Please Murder Me, with Burr defending Angela Lansbury (J.B. Fletcher, herself!) Submitted by WJones 2/19/2016

This is the only PM writing credit for Jay Dratler, who was born in NYC to an Austrian mother. He passed from a heart attack in Mexico City at the age of 58...MikeM. 9/30/2016

This is the only PM appearance for Norma Moore...MikeM. 6/30/2017

When Dr. Craig describes walking into his office the morning after the burglary, he tells Perry, “There were papers strewn all over the place; my safe had been forced . . .” but in fact the safe had not been forced. Mark Douglas had made a duplicate of Edith’s key and simply used the duplicate key to open the safe. Submitted by Dan K, 10/28/17.

Comments Edit

Has anyone else ever noticed a sort of "sub-theme" to this episode? All the main characters blame themselves for others' behavior. Dr. Craig blames himself for not safely keeping the tapes; Edith blames herself for Mark's behavior, and Mr. Heywood blames himself for his wife's alcoholism.
+1 Peter 4:8 "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." NIV

Don't speak out in Judge Frederic Worlock's courtroom. You might get five days in jail, postponed only until you testify for the prosecution. Submitted by MikeM, 11/02/2012.

"Police discover murder victim!" Seriously? A murder in Los Angeles gets a giant headline on the front page? Even in the Fifties, I'd have to think murders were fairly common in Los Angeles. Submitted by scarter, 8/3/14
+The confession headline shown in the epilogue would still make the front page today...MikeM. 6/24/2016

During the trial, Mark Douglas, the victim, was supposedly strangled hours before his murder. Who did this? I got the impression and other possible plot threads were not shown. Submitted by Perry Baby 2/24/15
+++Mark was choked for a few seconds by a very angry Dr. Craig. Mark's sister stopped the assault...MikeM. 6/24/2016

"You have a very Loyal secretary," Perry says to Heywood; so does Perry. Della Street was a Career Girl Before Women's Lib in the '60s when Lt. Uhura pioneered a new type of Female character.

Notice also how Perry dotes on Della: bringing her her gloves and handbag, and holding her handbag while she puts on her gloves. What a sweetie! jfh 30Sep2016

Time Tunnel: Frankie Avalon's "Venus" was the #1 song on April 4, 1959.
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