The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Episode Guide - The Second Season

November 15,1958 [47] "The Case of the Jilted Jockey"

Director--William D. Russell
Teleplay--Robert Warnes Leach and Seeleg Lester
Story--Robert Warnes Leach

The horse-racing footage is excellent and the music unusually upbeat in this episode about dirty doings at a racetrack.

When racehorse Bright Magic loses a fixed race, jockey Tic Barton gets his walking papers. A little man with big problems, Tic confronts big shot Johnny Starr and they fight over who doped the horse. Johnny knocks Tic down and leaves the room. Two shots later, Tic finds Starr dead. The police have an eyewitness who saw Tic leave the apartment and the little guy is arrested for murder.

To complicate matters, Tic's tall, shapely wife was having an affair with Starr. This sounds like a job only Perry can handle.

Billy Pearson, a real-life jockey, quiz-show winner, and art connoisseur, made his acting debut in this episode.

Francis "Tic" Barton--Billy Pearson (defendant)
John Woodruff "Johnny" Starr--Don Durant (victim)
Edward "Eddie" Davis--Joe di Reda
Judge Carter--Kenneth MacDonald

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