Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Twice Told Twist 

Lennie Beale is a teenager in a car stripping gang who is caught after Perry's car is stripped. Perry sees something good in Lennie, giving him a second chance. When a ringleader of the gang is stabbed to death, Lennie is charged.

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Paul Drake
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Hamilton Burger
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Lt. Steve Drumm
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Terrance Clay
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Bill Sikes
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Tick Gleason
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Jody Laird
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Lester
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After stopping to drop off some papers for a client's signature, Perry and Della return to find that his car has been stripped for parts. They were gone for no more than 10 minutes but the gang that stripped his car were expert at their job. The LAPD have had a rash of these thefts and they arrest a juvenile, Lennie Beale, who was trying to sell a camera from Perry's car. Perry refuses to press charges. Lennie is in love with the older Robin Spring, an entertainer at a night club. A leader of the gang, Bill Sikes, is also in love with Robin as is the older manager of the club, Tom Loman. Sikes pitches a new idea to the true leader of the gang, Ben Huggins, to have Robin get a job parking cars at the club for a gang member. He can copy the keys and addresses from the cars so they can rob their homes. However, on the first job the police are called and Lennie is wounded. When Sikes and his supposed girlfriend are both killed, Lennie is charged with murder. Lennie provides information on... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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27 February 1966 (USA)  »

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The basic plot is borrowed from Charles Dickens's classic novel, "Oliver Twist", even to the point of including a character named Bill Sikes. See more »

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Perhaps due to poor color photography, the stage blood on Lennie's sleeve is appallingly fake-looking, a sort of sun-glo magenta color. See more »

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Della Street: At least Mr. Dandrige is getting a fair price for his place. At his age, it must be hard to lose a home by condemnation.
Perry Mason: It isn't easy at any age.
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The screen was in color but the script was dull gray
1 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The big thing about this show was it was the only 'Perry Mason' episode filmed in color. I assume that some people remember the show for the color and then overlooked the story that was a dull mix of rehashed plots and 'Mod Squad' type music.

A seventeen year old juvenile, Lennie Beale, is caught with stolen property from Perry's car. Perry, feeling like he should help the teenager, refuses to prosecute. But unknown to Perry, Lennie is part of a teenage gang that strips cars for a man named Ben Huggins (Victor Buono).

When Lennie is charged with a murder, Perry again feels led to come to the defense of the teenager that will tried as an adult. Perry will cross-examine witnesses until he finds the true murderer, in a rather poor confession, and brings down a ring of thieves that is helpful to LA Police Department.

The only bright spot of the episode is the acting ability of Victor Buono. His acting was entertaining and believable. The young actor that played Lennie, Kevin O'Neal, seemed more like reading lines than acting. At the conclusion of the show, while in the military uniform, was some of the poorest acting seen in a long time. The episode was really not that bad but it just did not have the power that previous episodes contain. Don't be fooled by the color - the color was nice it was the script that was black and white.


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