Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, May 5, 2011




"You know what we go through downtown before we indict someone -- we've got the guilty party!" -- the always-wrong D.A. Hamilton Burger. 

This memorable program was still going strong in its third season. Notable cases include "The Spurious Sister," "The Watery Witness" [with Kathryn Card, Lucy's mother on I Love Lucy, Malcolm Atterbury, and Fay Wray of King Kong]; "The Singing Skirt" with Allison Hayes; "The Madcap Modiste" [John Conte, Marie Windsor, Leslie Parrish and Les Tremayne], which has one of the most clever murder devices I've ever seen; the super-suspenseful "Flighty Father," in which two men show up to claim they are an heiress' long-lost daddy; "Paul Drake's Dilemma" ["only the weakest of people have strong stomachs"], in which Perry's private eye pal actually becomes the defendant; and "The Artful Dodger," with William Campbell [Dementia 13], Jerome Cowan, and Patricia Donahue [Michael Shayne], all of whom are excellent. The rest of the episodes rarely descend below a B+ level.

Verdict: Can't beat that Perry! ***1/2.

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