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

March 12, 1960 [87] "The Case of the Singing Skirt"

Director--Arthur Marks
Teleplay--Jackson Gillis
Story--Erle Stanley Gardner's 1959 novel

A great episode with good shots of the street hustle and bustle of the fifties, when men were men and decent women kept quiet.

The Big Barn is a legal gambling casino where "everybody is happy" under the orders of the big boss and laughing boy George Anclitis. That is, until second banana Slim Marcus botches a crooked card game and is exposed for cheating.

When Slim's girlfriend is killed, Anclitis plants a gun and marijuana on Betty Roberts, one of the "skirts" that works for him. Betty knows too much and Anclitis wants to use her to take the heat off his club and his "boys." Perry takes Betty under his wing and goes to great lengths to put the real criminal where he belongs.

Betty Roberts--Joan O'Brien (defendant)
Joseph "Slim" Marcus--H. M. Wynant
Vivian Ennis--Jeanne Moody (victim)
Judge--Richard Gaines


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