Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Duplicate Case 

Herbie Cornwall is a retired baseball player who is now working as a shoe insert salesman and not doing well while his gorgeous wife is an accountant at a store. After a fire in her office, she is murdered and her husband is charged.

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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Herbert Cornwall
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Burt Blair
Susan Bay ...
Millie Cornwall
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Charlie Parks
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A. K. Dudley
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Ernest Hill
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Millie Cornwall works in the office of a major department store and has the interest of a number of men who work there. The fact that she is married, to Herbie Cornwall, doesn't seem to stop her from seeing those men whenever she feels like it. Herbie was once an up and coming baseball star but, now that he sells insoles for tired feet, he doesn't seem as glamorous to her. Herbie's office is next to Paul Drake's and he inadvertently comes across Herbie's problem: when he got home that day after visiting his wife at the office he found $72,000 in his briefcase. They get in a fight related to their marital issues and the briefcase resulting in Herbie striking his wife. He leaves and calls his boss to meet him at a bar with the police as he tells the bartender he struck his wife. Clearly the case is not his but a mysterious fire at his wife's office not only destroyed many of the company's financial records, his wife is found dead at their home. Perry Mason is soon on the case and, while... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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22 April 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Herbert Cornwall: Seven, please.
Elevator Operator: Um... sorry, those are the executive offices.
Herbert Cornwall: It's all right. I have an appointment.
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Millie Got Around
2 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

William Hopper got his boss Raymond Burr involved in this case which concerned a most unhappily married former baseball player now selling arch supports out of a department store. Martin West is married to Susan Bay and you can see that back in the day she just loved being married to a glamorous athlete. Now he's just getting by on a paycheck in a job he hates working in the same department store as Bay is. And he knows full well that Bay is stepping out on him. Before long we learn it's with half the employees of the store.

When Hopper picked up West's case by mistake he found it contained a lot of cash. Later on when Bay is murdered, the cops zero in on West, but there are a host of alternative suspects. And of course Raymond Burr ferrets out the right one.

What was interesting about this episode was that while West got off as Burr's clients always do, there is no guarantee of a happy ending. This guy for all intents and purposes is still a washed up ballplayer with no great prospects for the future. Unusual for a Perry Mason episode where usually the loose ends were always tied up.


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