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

February 28, 1963 [172] "The Case of the Surplus Suitor"

Director--Jesse Hibbs
Teleplay--Robert C. Dennis
Music--Van Cleave

Although just a corporation lawyer, Sherman Hatfield--played by Walter Pidgeon--takes the job of defending Hollis Wilburn, a woman accused of murdering her uncle. Paul Drake is hired for the footwork.

Interestingly, at one time in the early 1940s Pidgeon was almost hired to be the voice of Perry Mason in the popular radio series.

Sherman Hatfield--Walter Pidgeon
Hollis Wilburn--Joyce Bulifant (defendant)
John Wilburn--Carl Benton Reid (victim)
Vernon Elliot--Linden Chiles
Gage McKinney--Hayden Rorke

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. Walter Pidgeon is the "guest lawyer" for this episode.

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


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