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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Tobin ...
Ben Huggins
Kevin O'Neal ...
Lennie Beale
Scott Graham ...
Bill Sikes
Lisa Pera ...
Donna Reales
Robin Spring
Tick Gleason
Marc Rambeau ...
Jody Laird
Keg Johnson ...
Tom Loman


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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Ben Huggins is the modern counterpart to Fagin in "Oliver Twist". See more »


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 »


Version of Oliver Twist (1922) See more »

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What? *These* nice boys?
4 May 2012 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Recidivism or rehabilitation? The whitest, most clean-cut bunch of hoodlums L.A. has ever seen attacks Perry's Lincoln Continental for parts rather than just steal the thing (and car theft was easy in those days!). Perry won't press charges because, well, the boy is only 17, and cute besides (irony alert, Raymond Burr).

Considerable comic relief is provided by Victor Buono as the evil henchman Huggins (rotund and in a bathrobe) managing the 'clean-cut' boy gang. "How many pairs of bucket seats can you use?" he coos to his fetching Mexican fence, and pronounces "penchant" in the manner francais. Good thing the gang goes to an expensive prep school so they can understand things like that. Oh for the days when petty criminals wore jackets & neckties...

The exceptionally vivid color, the jazzy score and the silly 'Oliver Twist' theme separate this from most PM episodes. It's definitely not one of the strong, tight Perry Mason plots (see the early seasons for those), but it's fun and scenic.

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