"Well, just out of curiosity, where were you the night of the fire, Mr. Wilson?"
Taking his cue from Perry Mason, but adding a little spunk, EDDIE CAPRA was a headstrong and quirky lawyer who seemed to be as much detective as lawyer, much to the occasional dismay of his snooty co-workers at the prestigious Los Angeles firm of Devlin, Linkman & O'Brien.
Seemingly adverse to actually courtroom appearances (he didn't like wearing a tie), Eddie would rush to solve the mystery -- and thus exonerate his client -- before the case ever got to court. He must have cost Devlin, Linkman & O'Brien a fortune in billable hours.
Vincent Baggetta played Capra in The Eddie Capra Mysteries, which ran for thirteen episodes, each of which featured a peculiar and puzzling murder. Fortunately, Eddie could count on the aid of his faithful secretary Lacey, his young assistant Michael and the firm's investigator Harvey.
Supposedly the show used scripts intended for the 1975 Ellery Queen series.The show's creator, Peter S. Fischer, went on to co-create Murder, She Wrote, of course, as well as the made-for-TV P.I. flick Coopersmith.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith, with thanks to Anthony Durrant for clueing me in.
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