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The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 5 October 1935 (USA)
A con man who stages phony "lucky legs" beauty contests and leaves town with the money is found with a surgical knife in his heart by Mason.


Archie Mayo (as Archie L. Mayo)


Brown Holmes (screenplay), Ben Markson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ... Perry Mason
Genevieve Tobin ... Della Street
Patricia Ellis ... Margie Florence Clune
Lyle Talbot ... Dr. Bob Doray
Allen Jenkins ... Spudsy Drake
Barton MacLane ... Police Chief Bisonette (as Barton Mac Lane)
Peggy Shannon ... Thelma Bell
Porter Hall ... Col. Bradbury
Anita Kerry Anita Kerry ... Eva Lamont
Craig Reynolds ... Frank Patton
Henry O'Neill ... District Attorney Manchester
Charles C. Wilson ... Police Officer Ricker (as Charles Wilson)
Joseph Crehan ... Detective Johnson
Olin Howland ... Dr. Croker
Mary Treen ... Spudsy's Wife


Frank Patton is the promoter of the Lucky Legs Contest. The problem is that he always skips town before paying the $1000 to the winner. Mr. Bradbury, suitor of Cloverdale winner Margie, hires intoxicated Perry Mason to find Frank. Perry knows the scheme that Patton is using and has Spudsy find him, but Frank is dead when Perry arrives. The how is a surgeons scalpel, but the who is not yet known. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Release Date:

5 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clue Club #5: The Case of the Lucky Legs See more »

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The $1,000 prize money would equate to about $18,600 in 2019. See more »


When Johnson takes the phone to talk to Mason, he puts his right hand inside his coat, but in the next action cut it is outside the coat by his side. See more »


Perry Mason: [to Bradbury and Spudsy in the restaurant] Well, there's no one I'd rather pin this killing on than a doctor.
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (1990) See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Warren William
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Fast paced comedy-mystery is entertaining but a bit giddy
16 July 2014 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Something is fishy about the "lucky legs" contest at the big department store—in fact, the winner was cheated out of her prize money by the sponsoring hosiery company. The store owner enlists Perry Mason's help.

Our first glimpse of Mason is a good indication of this picture's level of seriousness: he's asleep on his office floor, and when awakened turns out to be rather hung over, in a goofy mood—but quite sharp enough to efficiently gather some details about the new case.

Or course it soon becomes a murder case involving multiple suspects and featuring assistance from Mason's secretary Della Street (Genevieve Tobin) and his associate Spudsy (Allen Jenkins).

Warren William talks fast and appears to be having fun in what must be one of his sillier performances. Tobin is very funny as Della, delivering one coy look and sly smirk after another. Jenkins is right at home in this kind of a picture—his comical sour looks and unheeded protests are perfect foils to Tobin's and William's breeziness.

The solid cast also includes Lyle Talbot as a handsome young doctor who gets mad at his girlfriend for immodestly entering (and winning) the legs contest, and Patricia Ellis as said girlfriend who tells him off, at least temporarily.

The emphasis is on humor more than on mystery or suspense, so the snappy dialog stands out a lot more than the plot. It goes by awfully fast, it's frequently hilarious, and if you can't really remember who did it five minutes after it's over—well, that wasn't really the point, anyway.

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