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

September 21,1957 [1] "The Case of the Restless Redhead"

DirectorWilliam D. Russell
TeleplayRussell S. Hughes
StoryErle Stanley Gardner's 1954 novel

This, the first episode of "Perry Mason," was a real cliff-hanger.

Perry drives to the scene of a shooting and finds the police recovering the body of Harry Merrill from a car that went over the side of a mountain. Merrill has a bullet in his body and a pillowcase over his head. This is a coincidence, because Perry's client, Evelyn Bagby, claims she was chased by a hooded man in a car near the same cliff that day. She fired two shots at the man's car to scare him off, and now the police want her for murder.

Perry appears interested in more than the charges when he takes on Evelyn's case. He makes numerous comments about her big blue eyes. Is it those peepers, money, or dedication that spurs this young lawyer on to the cause of justice? We have 270 more winning episodes to figure it out.

Evelyn BagbyWhitney Blake (defendant)
Lewis BolesVaughn Taylor
Judge KippenGrandon Rhodes
Drake's operatorLorraine Martin


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