Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Ancient Romeo 

A new actress takes over the part of Juliet in a theater company's L.A. show, upsetting the members. Steve Brock is especially upset when his girlfriend loses the part. He is charged when the theater company owner is killed after a fight scene with him.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Jeff Morrow ... Franz Lachman
Rex Reason ... Steve Brock
Harry von Zell ... Phil Scharf
Patricia Huston Patricia Huston ... Claire Adams
Antoinette Bower ... Ellen Carson
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
K.T. Stevens ... Margit Bruner
Kendrick Huxham ... Kelvin MacRae
Robert Cornthwaite ... Carl Bruner
Willis Bouchey ... Judge


Franz Lachman's traveling Shakespearean theater company arrives in Los Angeles but they are now so broke he doesn't even has enough money to pay the shipper to clear their costumes through customs. He gets something of a windfall when he's offered a substantial amount of cash - a thousand in cash and a $10,000 check - to take on an aspiring actress, Claire Adams. His decision to cast her as Juliet - with himself as Romeo - requires others in the company to take on lesser roles. Hostilities grow between Lachman and Brock as financial problems still pop up with the new cash infusion. Perry Mason and Della Street are there on opening night as one of the actors, Steve Brock, is the brother of a good friend. The play goes badly and with the curtain down and the lights out, Lachman is killed with a sword and Brock is arrested. Perry agrees to defend him and learns that far more than professional jealously led to Lachman's murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

5 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode is like a convention of sci-fi/monster movie veteran actors. Only films made by the time this episode aired are included. Beginning with the series regulars, then the guest actors:

Raymond Burr - Godzilla (1956 U.S. version) William Hopper - 20 Million Miles to Earth, The Deadly Mantis, Conquest of Space Jeff Morrow - This Island Earth, Kronos, The Creature Walks Among Us, The Giant Claw Rex Reason - This Island Earth, The Creature Walks Among Us Robert Cornthwaite - The Thing from Another World, War of the Worlds Donald Curtis - It Came from Beneath the Sea, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers See more »


It's very hard to believe that Amos Martin could not recognize Perry Mason until he took off his sunglasses. It was daylight. If the glasses were so dark he couldn't recognize Perry Mason in the daylight. He wouldn't be able to walk. See more »

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Susan Alexander as Juliet
14 December 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jeff Morrow is the imperious impresario of a traveling stock company which seems to be forever in debt. But Morrow has found a way out of debt, for a big contribution he's put no talent Patricia Huston as his Juliet in their Los Angeles production of Romeo And Juliet which Perry Mason and Della Street attend.

The one is truly upset about it is another actor Rex Reason in the company. He had been working for months with another company member to get her ready for Juliet and he's mad enough to kill.

Of course he doesn't kill Morrow, but Morrow gets dead, stabbed by one of the swords used in the play. Good thing Reason has Raymond Burr at the ready.

A recreation at the theater, the proverbial scene of the crime solves the mystery. And by the way the reason Morrow was killed had absolutely nothing to do with some budding Charles Foster Kane wanting to finance the career of his Susan Alexander.

But as is said in the theater, the show must go on.

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