Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Posthumous Painter 

Jack Culross decides to fake his suicide to increase the value of his paintings. His wife leaves the country so he is able to finish his unfinished work with the assistance of his agent. His wife returns only to be charged with his murder.


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Richard Grey


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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)
Stuart Erwin ... Austin Durrant
George Macready ... Dr. Vincent Kenyon
Carol Eve Rossen ... Linda Burnside (as Carol Rossen)
Lori March ... Edna Culross
Karl Held Karl Held ... David Gideon
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Jason Evers ... Clint Robert Miller
Britt Lomond Britt Lomond ... Jack Culross
James Griffith ... Walter Hutchings
Nelson Leigh ... Judge


Jack Culross is an artist who decides that the best way to increase the value of his work is to fake his own death. His art dealer and partner in the scheme, Austin Durrant, arranges to buy what bits and pieces are left in his studio from the man's 'widow', Edna, as she is moving to her home in Panama. When, several months later, she hears about her husbands paintings up for sale, she returns with her brother to find a painting hanging in Durrant's gallery of what was, at the time of her husband's death, an incomplete painting. She assumes fraud and consults Perry Mason. Perry and David Gideon check out the painting, which has been sold, with a thermocouple which confirms it was finished after Jack's suicide. The case becomes one of murder when Jack Culross' body is discovered after he has called Edna and the fake suicide is revealed. Edna is charged with murder and Perry defends her. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

11 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Dallas scene is historically and visually accurate. Outside shot of building that Perry Mason and David Gideon enter in downtown Dallas is that of the Dallas County Courthouse (also known as the "Old Red Courthouse" or "Old Red") located on 100 S. Houston Street (diagonally across from Dealey Plaza). Construction of "Old Red" began in 1892, architect Max A. Orlopp, in the Richardson Romanesque style, with the primary building material of distinctive red sandstone. Established as a museum in 2007, "Old Red" is beautifully restored and filled with gems from Dallas history. See more »


Perry and David use a thermocouple to determine the exact date that specific portions of a painting were executed. A thermocouple cannot date a painting that precisely. See more »


[first lines]
Resident: Well, like I said, I'm walking my dog, when I see the man get out of this parked convertible. All of a sudden, the guy walks right out into the ocean, with all his clothes on. Strikes me as kind of funny, bu-but then we get all sorts of oddballs coming to the beach. Well, anyway, I take the dog in the house and I'm getting ready for bed, when I look out the window. The car's still here, but the guy ain't nowhere in sight. I don't see nobody swimming, either. So, I came down to look...
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Supply and demand
5 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If Francisco Goya had been able to fake his death and stick around for a while with a Swiss bank account for his sales, how rich do you think he could get? Or Picasso, or Matisse, or Toulouse Lautrec? Just simple supply and demand when you're dead the supply ceases.

But Britt Lomond with the help of gallery owner Stu Erwin has a scheme to fake his own death and paint some more pictures and clean up. He may be an artist of great talent, but he's got a character rotten to the core.

It's wife Lori March who thought she was a widow who Raymond Burr has to defend and there's a whole lot of alternative suspects provided in this episode.

Young Karl Held clerking in the Perry Mason law office helps a great deal with a test that can tell how old a painting actually is and apparently can do it within days.

Lomond was an actor who played some nasty characters. He was a bloodthirsty General Custer in Tonka and he was the Commandante of the city of Los Angeles in Zorro and his mortal enemy. He's the equal of those two here.

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