Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Artful Dodger 

Allen Sheridan's aunt comes to Los Angeles to find out why he won't pay her the monthly stipend his dad required. Meanwhile, Sheridan is scheming to cheat other people out of their money at the same time he comes into his full inheritance.


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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
William Campbell ... Allen Sheridan (as William J. Campbell)
Patricia Donahue ... Joyce Fulton
Lurene Tuttle ... Sarette Winslow
Jerome Cowan ... Victor Latimore
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Lou Caporale
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... Ralph Curtis
Nelson Leigh ... Judge
Michael Fox ... Dr. Hoxie
Vera Marshe ... Maid
Kenneth Patterson Kenneth Patterson ... Technician Fred (as Ken Patterson)


Like Dickens' rascally scamp, Allen Sheridan cons everyone for his own benefit. He asks Joyce Fulton for money to pay a nonexistent gambling debt to Lou Caporale. His Aunt Sarette Winslow flies in from New York to contact him about missing payments he is to pay her under the terms of his dad's will. She goes to his apartment where she finds his body on the balcony but loses the heel of her shoe in the planking. The next day she contacts Perry Mason who calls the apartment but the maid says Sheridan is gone shocking Winslow. Sheridan planned his get away under the name "William Wyatt." He lies about his birthday to his financial advisor, Victor Latimore, in order to secretly receive his inheritance. He has fled to Los Angeles to escape Ralph Curtis, whom he injured in a fight in New York. And he hides from his penniless aunt, Sarette Winslow, to avoid paying her rightful share of his inheritance. Who wouldn't want him dead? Sheridan apparently flies to Mexico City as "Wyatt," but his ... Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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12 December 1959 (USA) See more »

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The title refers to a character from the Charles Dickens novel 'Oliver Twist'. See more »


When the cleaning lady went to the patio below the deck to try and get the heel unstuck from between deck planks, she did not notice the very large red puddle on the patio. Also, when she walked over to get the chair and position it under the heel, she would have had to walk through the still wet puddle, yet none of the blood was on her shoes when she climbed onto the chair. See more »


[first lines]
Sarette Winslow: Long distance. I want to call Los Angeles, California. Person-to-person to Mr. Allen Sheridan at Hollywood 2-4699.
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One big revolving con
4 September 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

William Campbell who played a few unsavory characters in his day plays one of his most unsavory in this episode of Perry Mason. Campbell plays a trust fund baby whose life seems to be one revolving con game and he's conning everyone around him. So when he winds up dead there is no shortage of suspects.

But Ray Collins and the rest of the homicide squad settle on probably the one least likely to do anything. Truth be told they had a powerful clue in arresting Lurene Tuttle. Seems as though she discovered Campbell's body on the deck of his house and her shoe heel got caught between the timbers. She broke it off when she fled the scene and Lt. Tragg finds it. But I have to say that I can't believe that Collins or William Talman could really believe she did the deed.

Which makes the acquittal for her that Raymond Burr got all the more satisfactory. But the real killer is a sympathetic figure as well. This is one you hope that Perry Mason took up that case and got a nice plea bargain for the killer.

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