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

January 31, 1963 [169] "The Case of Constant Doyle"

Director--Allen H. Miner
Teleplay--Jackson Gillis

After Cal Leonard (Michael Parks of "Then Came Bronson") is caught climbing the fence at Otis Industries, he tells the police to get Joe Doyle, a local attorney, to help him. But Doyle died two months before, so his widow--Constant Doyle, played by Bette Davis--who is also a lawyer, arrives to defend Cal instead.

For some reason, Lawrence Otis is a little too ready to drop the charges against young Leonard, and Constant Doyle is puzzled.

Constant gets a second crack at defending Cal, who can't seem to stay out of trouble these days. He is charged with murdering his cousin. She gets her nose rubbed in the dirt when she digs for evidence and finds some very distressing news about her late husband.

Constant Doyle--Bette Davis
Cal Leonard--Michael Parks (defendant)
Liza Givney--Frances Reid
Fred McCormick--Neil Hamilton
Steven Arthur--Jerry Oddo (victim)
Judge--Willis Bouchey

Raymond Burr did not appear in this episode, as he was in the hospital for minor dental surgery at the time this show was filmed. Bette Davis is the "guest lawyer" for this episode.

Webmaster's Note: Shawn S. points out that Perry did appear, briefly, in this episode. The Ona L. Hill biography of Burr states that he had intestinal surgery.


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