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

Perry defends the brother of a woman who returns with a purse containing his gun saying in her nightmare she saw her husband shot and found the gun there. Perry must prove the nightmare was not only real but her other personality.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Helen Reed / Joyce Martel
Robert Crane
Cora Dunbar
John 'Johnny' Davis Hale
Dr. Daniel Maitland
Louise Truax ...
Carleton G. Young ...
David Reed
Cab Driver


To protect his sister, Helen Reed, and her son Robert Crane threatens his brother-in-law, David Reed, with bodily harm. The next morning Helen awakens complaining about a bad nightmare in which she saw her husband Reed dead with a bullet hole in his head. They find she returned with a purse which is not hers which contains her brother's pistol. Helen suffers from continuing nightmares that involve memories she cannot explain so she agrees to return to Dr. Maitland. Helen and her brother visit Perry to retain him to defend them in case something happened to Reed. Perry starts by looking for Mr. Reed who seems to be missing. Using the purse, they find an apartment connected to a promiscuous woman named Joyce Martel, who is having an affair with Johnny Hale. Perry and Paul find David Reed murdered in Joyce Martel's apartment and that Joyce Martel and Helen Reed appear to be the same person. Crane is charged with the crime. It is up to Perry Mason and Dr. Maitland to unravel the mystery. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

1 March 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode introduced the term "schizophrenia" to the audience in place of "dual personality." Today this condition is known as "dissociative identity disorder." See more »


[first lines]
Harry Vance: How are you, Tommy?
Tommy Reed: I'm in conference, Mr. Vance.
Harry Vance: Oh, then I won't disturb you.
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A new twist to a Perry episode
20 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

This episode is different than most of Perry's cases. We still have the basic concept of the show but with a new twist and set of circumstances.

Actress Constance Ford plays a women with dual-personalities. At times she is a meek, mild mannered woman named Helen Reed. Then at other times she is this hot-to-trot women that makes any man succumb to her every whim or wish. Ms Ford does a good job playing both roles. She has a way to make the viewer identify with both characters. The audience follows along because both are so far away from each other that it appears that two people are playing the one role.

Even though there is not much to the story other than the one crime- the physiological part hold the person interest in watching the entire episode.

A good support case helped in making this show enjoyable, Denver Pyle (Uncle Jessie from 'Dukes of Hazzard' fame) does a good job in this dramatic role. Proves he use do serious acting before being typecast as a southern regular.

Watching the episode, it appeared that the storyline was going to be short of a full 52 minutes of show. So they added some extra scenes that involved memorable exchanges between Perry and Lt Tragg. This along is worth watching.

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