I just saw The Case of the Daring Decoy on cable. Jack Weston must've been reading Stanislavski between takes because with only two scenes and minimal help from the script, he manages to create a complete human character. He has really thought about his movements and line readings--a rarity on most Perry Mason episodes. I wonder what a lazy TV actor like William Hopper thought as he watched Weston? Maybe something like, "Oh crap, this guy's really acting. They're not going to expect me to do that, are they? I just say my lines without flubbing them, cash the check, and go home. That's enough, isn't it?"
"For life is short, but death is long."