Major Frank Lessing, an Army payroll officer, is found murdered and Sgt. Joseph Dexter is charged with the crime. The case hinges on a payroll robbery committed in the Phillippines years before but the bills are now appearing on base.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt Tragg (credit only)
Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Major Lewis
Walter Haskell
Lori March ...
Helen Lessing
John Archer ...
Major Frank Lessing
Harry Jackson ...
M Sgt. William Smith (as Larry Jackson)
Grant Richards ...
Capt. Kennedy
Sgt. Joseph Dexter
Wendell Holmes ...
Howard Evans
Rikki Stevens (as Barbara Luna)
Sgt. Burke


An investigation is launched when U.S. currency that was supposed to have been destroyed in the Philippines during World War II starts to appear in circulation in the vicinity of an Army base. The officer in charge of the base cashiers office, Major Frank Lessing, has been acting odd lately and his senior Sergeant Joseph Dexter has just about had it. He asks for a transfer which Lessing approves. When his wife Helen Lessing goes to the office late one night she finds him dead at his desk with a gun in one hand and a suicide note in the other. She quickly covers up the suicide to make it look like a murder. Perry Mason shows up at the base that morning as Maj. Lessing had requested the previous evening. Mrs. Lessing eventually tells him of the cover-up and offers to pay for Sgt. Dexter's defense now that he has been charged with her husband's murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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11 October 1958 (USA)  »

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In this, the first episode that concludes with a military court martial, the unfailingly polite Perry Mason sets a precedent by addressing certain witnesses by their surnames, not preceded by 'Mr.' The witnesses are enlisted men, and Perry, as a naval officer who presumably still has a reserve commission, is following standard military protocol. See more »


The MP captain testified that the typist using the defendant's typewriter was a touch typist because of the equally strong key indentations left on the typewriter ribbon. This is untrue; a touch typist leaves fainter indentations with the outer keys because he is typing with his little fingers. See more »

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Corregidor Money
12 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's quite a tale that Army Major Frank Archer tells Perr Mason one night as he drops $1500.00 in cash on Raymond Burr's desk for a retainer. Later on that night Archer is found shot to death with a suicide note. But he's found by his widow Lori March who destroys the note and then it looks like murder. And it's Sergeant Paul Picerni who worked in the finance office who looks good. But the widow March thinks there's no way Picerni could have done the deed and she insists that Burr keep the money and defend Picerni.

What this is all about is money that should have been burned before the surrender at Corregidor is showing up and being circulated. It's not counterfeiting as such, but it still brings the Treasury Department to investigate. Several people in the cast were at the island fortress in the Phillipines when General Wainwright surrendered. Makes for an interesting pool of suspects.

John Dehner plays the army prosecutor at the court martial. He fares no better than Hamilton Burger.

Interesting, but a bit too far fetched.

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