Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Singular Double 

A woman fed up with working as a mule carrying money for illegal activities fakes her own suicide to get away. When the money on her last trip turns up missing, she finds herself involved in the murder of the woman who picked up the money.

Director:

Arthur Marks

Writers:

Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Seeleg Lester (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Harry Townes ... A.D.A. Grosvenor Cutter
Connie Hines ... Lucy Stevens
Arch Johnson ... John Ruskin
Alan Baxter ... Whitney Locke
Andrea King ... Catherine Locke
Wilton Graff ... Hugo Burnette
Mary Webster ... Marjorie Ralston
Morris Ankrum ... Judge
Michael Fox ... Autopsy Surgeon
Sue England ... Switchboard Girl
Dick Geary Dick Geary ... Skin Diver (as Richard Geary)
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Storyline

At the Los Angeles airport parking lot, Lucy Stevens puts a briefcase in a car and telephones Hugo Burnette in New York to report a successful delivery of $60,000, which will be a bribe to secure favorable zoning for developer John Rushkin. During the phone call she tells Burnette that she can no longer be involved in the illegal activity and that she has found a way out. Marjorie Ralston drives the car to meet her boss, Whitney Locke, and hand over the briefcase, which proves to be stuffed with newspaper rather than cash. Burnette thinks Lucy stole the money. She disguises herself as a blond, writes a note and sends money to her cousin, Carol Morgan. Then she drives her car into the ocean, faking suicide. Pretending to be Carol, Lucy asks Perry Mason to look for Lucy. When Lucy's car is recovered, there is a woman's body inside, which is identified at first as Lucy, but later as Marjorie. Carol is a sham, and Lucy is arrested for murder. Perry must defend a duplicitous client. Written by richardann

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the final scene of the episode, a flowered glass coffee pot was used by Della to pour Perry and Paul Drake a cup. It was the same pot sold by Maxwell House Coffee to promote their product. It came filled with ground coffee at the grocery store. See more »

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When Perry visits Hugo Burnette's apartment, one of the buildings seen through the window has a tall flagpole on its roof. The American flag on that pole is almost fully extended as though the wind is furling it, but is motionless, thus quite obviously revealing that the background neighborhood is actually a photograph. See more »

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[first lines]
Lucy Stevens: Operator? I want to place a collect call to New York City, please. Person-to-person to Mr. Hugo Burnette.
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Bribery and corruption
3 October 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of Perry Mason took us into the realm of politics, bribery, and corruption and basically saying that's how things get done if someone has a big interest. Raymond Burr's client here is Connie Hines later of the Mister Ed show who tries a real dumb play when the bribe money she was supposed to deliver winds up missing.

It turns out some other woman whose relationship to the various characters in this film I can't reveal or else it would completely spoil the show for a future viewer. But she steals the money and she winds up dead. And Hines figures that she should pose as her own cousin and identify the dead woman as herself. This after retaining Burr to find out about the missing money.

At one point during the hearing which in the Mason shows and I assume in California at the time takes the place of a grand jury here. They decide whether to bind over for trial. Anyway during the course of the examination of one witness, he gets caught in a really clumsy lie about his time of arrival in Los Angeles. I'm surprised that the writer's let that one go.

Highlight of the episode however was the unmasking of the real killer when the ADA Harry Townes put the wife of one of the suspects on the stand. Andrea King basically cleared everyone, but the murderer. After that it was the inevitable confession.

Some holes in this story prevent it from being top drawer Mason. Still the fans of the series will like it.


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