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
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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