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Dorrie Ambler breaks into Perry's office wanting him to verify who she is. She won't give details but says she is mixed up in some scheme. Della spots a gun in her purse. When the man who hired her is killed, she is charged but who is she?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Ben Cooper ...
Clyde Jasper
Mary Mitchel ...
Dorrie Ambler / Minerva Minden
Allyson Ames ...
Rita Jasper
Marge Redmond ...
Henrietta Hull
Paul Lambert ...
Del Compton
Phil Arthur ...
Joe Billings
Kenneth MacDonald ...
Second Judge
Charles Martin ...
Stanley Clements ...
Second Taxi Driver


Perry Mason is more that just a bit taken aback when a ditsy blond, Dorrie Ambler, barges into his office asking him to have a good look at her so he can identify her later, should the need arise. She says she went to a casting call where she was hired to dress a certain way and just go around town shopping, meeting people and generally being seen. Now that she's been doing it for a while, she's convinced that there has to be something illegal going on, though she has no idea what that might be. Della becomes concerned when she spots a gun in Dorrie's purse but Perry quietly finds it's loaded - with blanks. A faked incident at the airport where the gun is fired adds to the mystery. It turns out that Dorrie bears an uncanny resemblance to wealthy heiress Minerva Minden who is known for her madcap escapades. Paul Drake traces Dorrie's employer to Joe Billings, a less than reputable private investigator who Drake is certain is involved in all of this. When Billings and Dorrie Ambler both... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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13 May 1965 (USA)  »

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19 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Perry Mason got to show that his ethics are of the highest caliber in this particular episode. When client Mary Mitchel wants to blurt out everything he cautions her that he is an officer of the court and might have to give evidence against her at some point. Lawyer/client privilege only goes so far. But it is a truism that if you are in trouble and in need of an attorney only answer what you're asked, no more no less.

Over the course of those nine seasons Raymond Burr got to defend a few really dizzy clients. Mary Mitchel is one of them, a woman who bursts into his office, rushing past Barbara Hale and demanding he identify her. Her story is that she was hired by a bottom feeding private investigator played by Phil Arthur simply to wear certain clothes and be seen at certain places in said outfits.

Of course it's all quite a bit different and it has to do with the blackmailing of an heiress by the PI who later with another woman is found dead. Mitchel really needs the services of Perry Mason at that point.

I really can't say more lest I give too much away. But Perry Mason's advice to Mitchel proves quite sound. The writers came up with a really interesting plot with more twists than a pretzel.

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