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








Release Date:

12 December 1959 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to a character from the Charles Dickens novel 'Oliver Twist'. See more »


When Sarette runs to her car, there is a star in the lower left windshield of her car. As she begins to back out, the star is in the upper left corner. When she pulls forward the star is once again in the prospect corner. 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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Great episode- suspense right till the end
17 May 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode of 'Perry Mason' is a classic mystery from the series. It has all the suspense and thrills that made the series such a great show to watch.

It begins with Allen Sheriden (William Campbell) who is soon to inherit a large sum of money from an estate, hires an rough looking actor to play someone that is after gambling debts. So if front of witnesses, the actor more-or-less threatens Allen with physical harm if money is not paid by the evening.

His girlfriend, Joyce Fulton (Patricia Donahue), and his account manager, Victor Latimore (Jerome Cowan) buys right into the act. Since Allen is not going to inherit the money anytime soon, he is in need of cash right away. The two help in getting Allen out of the country and paying his debts.

Allen is also suppose to be giving an allowance to an old friend of the family, Sarette Winslow (Lurene Tuttle). However he has not made any payment to her in some time. Ms Winslow, the only one knowing that Allen is about to inherit money the next day, goes to see Allen. When she arrived she finds Allen unconscious on the porch. When she hears a knock on the door she flees leaving behind a heel from her shoes.

The heel will cause Lt Tragg suspicions to involve Ms Winslow for the death of Allen. And for Ms Winslow to seek counsel in the form of Perry Mason.

These are the events that lead to a charge of murder, but there is much more to this episode. It will involve flights to Mexico City, people in New York City, money taken from banks and using false names. This episode is packed with all the aspects that make the series great. And the writers do an excellent job of making the show a cliff-hanger till the end.

A great episode with excellent courtroom drama. Deserves a watch.

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