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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Perry Mason: The Case of the Missing Melody


Undiscover'd country

from whose bourn no traveller returns.
Oct 1st, 2017 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I caught this show a few days ago. The plot involves jazz musicians, and except for the credits, the music featured a small jazz combo with a terrific guitar player.

It was Barney Kessel!! He wrote and played all the incidental music, and there was a ton of it.

I looked for the show on youtube, but no luck. You hep cats would really dig the jazz - lol

The Case of the Missing Melody


New York City

Oct 1st, 2017 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well if you remember back to Perry Mason, you might also recall "The Deputy" a short lived TV western series. It starred Allen Case but it also had Henry Fonda in a recurring roll as the sheriff.

The music was unusual. Most of it was supplied by what sounded like a small jazz group. It featured harmonica, probably to give it a bit of western flavor, But I remember even back then being impressed by the jazzy guitar cues. I found a couple of examples. I wonder who played.

The Deputy guitar cue


New York City

Oct 1st, 2017 09:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

Another Deputy guitar cue



New York City

Oct 1st, 2017 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Another longer cue from the Deputy, this one kinda swings too. Anyone have a clue who the guitar player is?

Don't mean to be hijacking your thread but it's about the same period. Could this be Kessel?

Deputy guitar cue#3

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"toxic masculinity personified"
Oct 1st, 2017 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I saw that episode about a year ago and recognized Barney right away. All kinds of famous people (actors, mostly) made guest appearances on PM. Dick Clark was in "The Case of the Final Fade Out" in 1966. I remember Bette Davis even stood in as a defense attorney once when Burr must've been ill on on vacation ("The Case of Constant Doyle"-1963). Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, George Takei, DeForrest Kelly and Leonard Nimoy also made appearances in various episodes.

Also love seeing all the mint (now-vintage) cars (they were brand new at the time, of course) that were used on PM.

Some celebs who appeared on Perry Mason:

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stigg "Geezer, and still lov'in it"!
Oct 2nd, 2017 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I taped the series when our local station had it.
The cars were brand new and even in B&W they had luster. The Kessel music was just great in fact the whole series was great.


Philly, B-3 Capital

don't dream it be it
Oct 2nd, 2017 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've known of it for years, need to sit down and watch it.
Barney's one of my all time faves...


Undiscover'd country

from whose bourn no traveller returns.
Oct 2nd, 2017 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you find it, it's well worth watching. I can't find it on YT, but it must be out there somewhere. Except for the over the top singer, the music is top notch.

Perry reveals he's a Dave Brubeck fan. :)

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Bakersfield, CA

Getting old is not for sissies!
Oct 2nd, 2017 10:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I saw that episode of Perry Mason a couple of days ago too - and noticed the great guitar work as well. The Bongo White character looked familiar too but I couldn't quite place him until the credits ran at the end of the show. Bongo was played by Bobby Troup of "(Get your kicks on) Route 66" fame.

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retired NW Arkansas

Aspire to Inspire before you Expire
Oct 3rd, 2017 07:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

"The Case of the Missing Melody" is season 5, episode 3.

CBS All-Access has the first five seasons of Perry Mason, but for some reason that episode is not included.


Undiscover'd country

from whose bourn no traveller returns.
Oct 4th, 2017 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another thing about the PM show: could those guys smoke, or what? Jeez, every time you turn around, somebody's lighting up another cigarette. The cast probably all had black lung just from 2nd hand smoke!! ;)

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