Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Carefree Coronary 

Perry Mason is called in to investigate why an insurance company is near bankruptcy due to excessive claims. He calls in a claimant who appears to be healthy but dies when forced to come in for an exam, putting Perry in the hot seat.


Jesse Hibbs


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Orville H. Hampton


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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
Dan Tobin ... Terrence Clay
Robert Emhardt ... Arthur Wendell
Bruce Bennett ... Reve Watson
Benny Baker ... Jerry Ormond
Whit Bissell ... Dennison Groody
David Lewis ... Wallis Lamphier
Lawrence Montaigne ... Dr. Chauncy Hartlund
Hal Baylor ... Jack David
Joseph Sirola ... Dr. Raul Caudere
Shirley Mitchell ... Marilyn David
Tracy Morgan Tracy Morgan ... Doreen Wilde


Perry Mason is called in by the Lifeline insurance company when they face a flood of questionable disability claims from men who have suffered heart attacks. What intrigues Perry is that the mortality rate among the victims is far lower than the actuarial tables would suggest. Paul Drake sets out to check on some of the claimants and finds one, Jack David, to be in very good physical condition. So Perry asks to have him come in to have the insurance company's doctor examine him. Jack calls Perry the night before the appointment but can't talk. He dies upon entering the doctor's office with his wife and lawyer before he can tell anyone what was really going on, though it's clear in Perry's mind that insurance fraud has been committed. Perry sends Della to an involved doctor, who appears to be a fake, for an exam. Paul Drake goes undercover on a construction site but he too seems to suffer a heart attack and is hospitalized. Perry goes into a Coroner's hearing intent on uncovering the ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

17 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exterior shot for the hospital at which Paul Drake is in Room 328 is USC Medical Center, which also served (and still serves) as the exterior for the ABC soap opera General Hospital. David Lewis, who played Mr. Lanphier, also starred as Edward Quartermaine on ... General Hospital. See more »


When Nappy Tyler rolls his wheel chair over to the cash register to get change to use the pay phone, he grabs a coin out of the right most slot, which is normally pennies, whereas most pay phones at the time needed a dime. See more »


[first lines]
Jack David: [at a boxing match] Get up, you bum. You can sleep later.
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can someone PLEASE tell me the ending/the guilty party?
24 July 2018 | by mhc5058See all my reviews

This was very good and different. I know it would be a real spoiler, but I dozed off and missed the last 5 minutes or so and don't know who did what??

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