Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Borrowed Brunette 

Attractive brunette Eva Martell interviews with Melvin Slater for a special assignment--to pose as Helen Reynolds. Eva takes the job chaperoned by her Aunt Agnes Nulty. Eva and Agnes find Slater dead and are charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Field ...
Eva Martell (as Maggie Mahoney)
Helen Reynolds
Agnes Nulty
Adrienne Marden ...
Barbara Slater
John Stephenson ...
Grant Reynolds
Joe De Santis ...
Melvin Slater
Judge Bates
Herman Rudin ...
Thomas Folsom
Gisele Verlaine ...
Howard Van Proyen ...
Samuel Dixon


Eva Martel is hired by Melvin Slater to impersonate Helen Reynolds. He assures her there is nothing illegal going on and her aunt, Agnes Nulty, is free to stay with her. All Eva has to do is live in Helen's apartment, wear her clothes and just generally pretend to be her. After a few a days Slater's wife Barbara comes to the apartment looking for Slater to collect child support money from him. This along with the fact they are being watched causes Eva and her aunt to become concerned and decide to seek legal advice. Perry Mason tells them that while their activities might be innocent, anything illegal Slater might be up to could result in them being accomplices. He also tells the aunt she should get rid of the gun she admitted to carrying. Perry forces Slater to have Helen Reynolds come to his office to sign a document to indemnify the women from any charges. They then return to the apartment only to find Slater shot in the forehead. It's Eva and Agnes who are charged and Perry ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




Release Date:

10 January 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Perry is confronting the murder in this episode, the camera cuts back to the guilty on the stand. When returning to Perry to say, he wouldn't stand in the guilty person's way, Perry is standing with the court behind his left, and behind him on the right is open space, with out any showing of Perry moving to this position in the previous shot. See more »


[first lines]
Secretary: [on telephone] I'm sorry, Mr. Lane. Mr. Slater is still busy. Yes, I'll tell him. Goodbye.
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More Than A Passing Resemblance
11 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I found The Case Of The Borrowed Brunette just a little too complex and at the same time the real murderer was rather obvious. And that's always bad with a Perry Mason episode since the paradigm is always that Raymond Burr never defends guilty clients.

And in this case it is correct to use the plural. Joe DeSantis hires Margaret Field to move into an apartment and pose as Paula Raymond. As this is the Fifties and girls weren't into having too much fun yet, Sheila Bromley who is Fields's aunt moves in with her to be chaperon.

It's a simple task, Fields bears more than passing resemblance to Raymond so she moves into the apartment and is wined and dined by DeSantis and gets paid for doing it. That's so Raymond can cheat on her husband with her real boyfriend.

But when DeSantis winds up with a bullet in his forehead, Bromley and Fields are arrested.

I won't go into more, but I was not surprised in the slightest at the outcome.

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