Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Substitute Face 

Carl Houser quits his bank job and loads his money belt with cash as he leaves. He takes his family on a ship cruise where his wife consults Perry about the cash but when Carl apparently goes overboard she is charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Anna Houser
Maureen Cassidy ...
Laura Houser
Joan Tabor ...
Evelyn Whiting Carter
Ralph Dumke ...
Roland Carter
Theodore Newton ...
Carl Houser
Maurice Wells ...
Andrew Dale
Judge Romley
Gavin Gordon ...
Capt. Walters
Donald Lawton ...
Daniel James
Noel Drayton ...
Frank Buchanan - Ship Purser


Carl Houser secretly loads up a money belt in the bank where he worked but has quit, and takes his wife Anna and their daughter Laura on a cruise. Coincidentally, Perry Mason and Della Street are on the same ship, along with a patient confined to a wheel chair whose face is completely covered with bandages. Anna consults Perry about the fact her husband is carrying almost $100,000 in cash which she believes he embezzled from the bank. One night, Carl disappears overboard, and Anna is charged with murder when her wet dress shows she was on the deck in the bad weather with him. Perry notices, however, that a picture of the Houser family has disappeared. The investigation clears Carl of embezzlement, but the Chicago mob might somehow be involved when Anna tells Perry the family moved from Chicago after Carl was on a mob trial jury. The questions for Perry are: who has jurisdiction in the case, and where is the mysterious patient? Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

10 May 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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What she thought she saw
28 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Perry Mason gets his clients it seems wherever he goes. In this case Lurene Tuttle becomes his client after her husband is seen going overboard after a shot is heard being fired. The witness is Tuttle's own daughter.

As for the husband Theodore Newton he's an accountant and we see him at the beginning of the show stuffing quantities of money on his own person before he leaves on that same cruise with wife Tuttle and daughter Maureen Cassidy. I will say this, being an accountant allows him the opportunity to if not launder, bury illegal monies.

I'll say this for Cassidy she proves to be a damaging witness because of what she thought she saw.

Taken from one of Erle Stanley Gardner's mysteries, this is a very good Mason episode.

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