Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Dead Ringer 

Perry loses a patent case for Barbara Kramer whose father had died. A missing letter would prove her case but the other side used a sailor who looks like Perry to implicate him in bribery. When the winner is killed Barbara is charged.

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Perry Mason / Grimes
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Dan Tobin ...
Indus Arthur ...
Barbara Kramer
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Sandra Dunkel
Oliver McGowan ...
Otis Swanson
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William March
Stewart Moss ...
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Jess Parkinson
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Franklin Bates
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Alan Fordney ...
Harley
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Perry Mason finds himself the target of an attempt to discredit him while he is in the middle of a major lawsuit. Perry is representing a young woman, Barbara Kramer, who accuses Otis Swanson of stealing her father's intellectual property. Swanson will stop at nothing to win and endorses his nephew Dan's elaborate plan to discredit the famous attorney in court. Using an investigator Dan has located a British sailor, Grimes, who is the spitting image of Mason. He arranges to have Grimes - dressed and groomed to look like Perry - try and bribe a prospective witness. A missing letter will prove Barbara's case but without it Perry loses the case and not only has to defend his reputation but also protect Barbara who continues to involve herself in risky behavior with Dan Swanson trying to find the missing letter. Barbara is accused of murder after Otis Swanson is found dead by Paul with Barbara standing behind a curtain. Written by garykmcd

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17 April 1966 (USA)  »

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Raymond Burr, also played a dual role in his second successful series, in a episode of Ironside, as a artist named Duffy See more »

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The murder weapon is a Colt New Service revolver, which Hamilton Burger describes in court as having been newly purchased. The New Service was, in fact, discontinued twenty years before this episode aired. See more »

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This is the Droid We Were All Looking For!
17 April 2016 | by (Bigtown, Montana USA) – See all my reviews

This show is remarkable because it stars not only Raymond Burr as Perry Mason, but a controversial 'actor' who is the spitting image of Burr as Mason. The person playing 'Grimes,' the false Mason, is not listed on the program's 1966 credits.

There have been a number of popular yet groundless speculations, including by the IMDb, that Grimes is simply Burr in a dual role. But by 1966 Burr or his agents would have had enough 'star power' to demand double billing so why not take on-screen credit?

No, the more logical solution is that this unique role is actually essayed by an android, a half-man mechanical apparatus NASA was experimenting on the 1960s. This was just before the Moon landing was faked, so the American government's skill with electronic tomfoolery was well advanced. Just check out the opening of a show called "Mission Impossible" – it proves that by 1965 American technocrats had developed self-destructing tape recorders.

The android Grimes is programmed to speak in a growling voice that sounds vaguely British, like Popeye pretending to be a Beatle. He presents himself as a salty old sea dog looking for his white whale, but willing to settle for a snog with the Blue Nun instead. Grimes habituates seedy waterfront bars, the type where the T-shirted toughs from Batman might hang out. Soon he is shanghaied by villains out to frame Perry Mason over a patent fight. All sorts of hijinks happen after that I don't have to tell you.

In the end Mason proves his client is innocent, even though no one cares by then. It doesn't matter as the real star of this show is America's lead in the Space Race. You kids should go read up on that.


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