Featuring History of Mystery/Detective Fiction and Other Literary Ramblings of Elizabeth Foxwell
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Remembering Barbara Hale: The Clay Pigeon (1949).
Bill Williams and
Barbara Hale with their son,
William Katt, in 1957
Besides her long run as Della Street in Perry Mason, Barbara Hale—who died at age 94 on January 26—also appeared with her husband, Bill Williams, in The Clay Pigeon (1949). Former sailor Williams is accused of treason and murder, but because he has blackouts, he does not know if these charges are true. Hale plays the widow of a war friend who helps him. The screenwriter is Carl Foreman (High Noon, The Guns of Navarone, etc.).