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"Perry Mason" The Case of the Dead Ringer (1966)

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Original Air Date:
17 April 1966 (Season 9, Episode 26)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason / Grimes

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William Hopper ... Paul Drake

William Talman ... Hamilton Burger

Richard Anderson ... Lt. Steve Drumm
Dan Tobin ... Terrance Clay
Indus Arthur ... Barbara Kramer

Arlene Martel ... Sandra Dunkel
Oliver McGowan ... Otis Swanson

Henry Beckman ... William March
Stewart Moss ... Dan Swanson
Maurice Manson ... Jess Parkinson
Tom Palmer ... Franklin Bates
Chet Stratton ... Minister
Alan Fordney ... Harley
Grandon Rhodes ... Judge No. 2
Anthony Jochim ... Makeup Man

Ed Prentiss ... Judge No. 1
Roland La Starza ... Bouncer
Mike De Anda ... Mexican Worker (as Mike Miguel De Anda)
Alex Bookston ... Assistant Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leon Alton ... Juror (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Juror (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Barfly (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Juror (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Attorney (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Juror (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Juror (uncredited)

Carl Sklover ... First Mate (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Barfly (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Arthur Marks 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erle Stanley Gardner  characters created by
Jackson Gillis  written by

Produced by
Arthur Marks .... producer
Gail Patrick .... executive producer (as Gail Patrick Jackson)
Art Seid .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Shores 
Cinematography by
John M. Nickolaus Jr. (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard W. Farrell 
Casting by
Harvey Clermont 
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Set Decoration by
Carl Biddiscombe 
Makeup Department
Annabell .... hair stylist
Irving Pringle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon A. Webb .... assistant director
Art Department
Ray Thompson .... properties
Sound Department
Herman Lewis .... production sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Dalzell .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Evelyn Carruth .... wardrobe supervisor
Bob Wolfe .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Fred Steiner .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Ernie Frankel .... story consultant (as Ernest Frankel)
Orville H. Hampton .... associate story consultant
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Erle Stanley Gardner  creator

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Raymond Burr, also played a dual role in his second successful series, in a episode of Ironside, as a artist named DuffySee more »
Anachronisms: 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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The good name of Perry Mason, 6 June 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Usually a show that has had a run as long as the Perry Mason series gets a bit stale by a 9th season. But I have a feeling that the idea of both Perry Mason losing a case and having Raymond Burr play a double role was something they must have saved until they knew the show was concluding its run.

Raymond Burr is bringing a civil lawsuit on behalf of Indus Arthur who accuses Oliver McGowan of stealing an intellectual property. Stewart Moss who is McGowan's nephew has a plan to discredit Perry Mason by having a lookalike British cockney sailor offer a bribe to key witness Arlene Martel in a most public place.

Witness tampering is serious business for any lawyer. Later on however in addition to defending his own reputation Burr has to defend Arthur when she's accused of murdering McGowan.

Burr looks like he's having a great old time playing the cockney sailor Grimes. It's the kind of part where he can overact outrageously and does. William Hopper and that Drake Detective Agency do yeoman service in clearing the good name of Perry Mason.

You don't think Perry Mason loses even a civil case without the other side cheating?

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