Perry Mason/The Case of the Final Fade-Out
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The Case of the Final Fade-Out is the thirtieth episode of the ninth season of Perry Mason, and the two hundred seventy-first episode overall.
Additional Cast: James Stacy (Barry Conrad), Estelle Winwood (Winifred Glover), Jackie Coogan (Pete Desmond), Denver Pyle (Jackson Sidemark), Dick Clark (Leif Early), Gerald Mohr (Andy Rubin), Marlyn Mason (Erna Landry), Kenneth R. MacDonald (Judge One), William Tannen (Studio Guard), Margaret Shinn (Starlet #1), Linda Burton (Starlet #2), Maureen Crow (Adlib), Louie Elias (Stunt Man #1), Saul Gorss (Stunt Man #2), Lee Miller (Sgt. Brice)
Uncredited: Don Anderson (Actor Playing Police Officer), Erle Stanley Gardner (Judge Two), Gail Patrick (Courtroom Spectator), Irving Pringle (Irving - Makeup Man), Mark Roberts (Customer in Restaurant)
The difficult star of a TV Western series is killed on set after someone replaces the blanks in a gun with real bullets. Perry defends the series' producer on the murder charge and clears him, but when the producer turns up dead, he has a new client, the aging film legend who discovered the murdered actor. He suspects that the same killer is responsible for both murders.
This being the series' final episode, the producers came up with a novel way to honor the crew for all their hard work on the series, and many members of the production crew appear as extras in the episode. Denver Pyle's character's name gives viewers a clue as to where to find Executive Producer Gail Patrick Jackson...his character's name is Jackson Sidemark (Jackson, side mark).