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

March 17, 1962 [146] "The Case of the Absent Artist"

Director--Arthur Marks
Teleplay--Robert C. Dennis

An offbeat episode starring Victor Buono as a philosophical deadbeat artist and Zasu Pitts--the silent film star--as Daphne Whilom.

Pete Manders has his ups and downs. He's been offered "Zingy," a popular comic strip for a song, but finds out the reason the purchase price is so low is to appease him for the loss of his "lovebird," Leslie, who's flying the coop. She's running away with previous "Zingy" owner, Gabe Philips, a man with two private and separate identities.

When Philips is murdered, Perry visits a hip little artists' colony in Port Harmony to dig up the dirt on the victim's alias, Otto Gervaert.

Daphne Whilom--Zasu Pitts
Gabe Philips alias Otto Gervaert--Mark Roberts (victim)
Charles "Monty" Montrose--Richard Erdman
Alexander Glovatski--Victor Buono
Pete Manders--Wynn Pearce (defendant)
Judge--Bill Zuckert


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