Perry Mason: Season 8, Episode 12

The Case of the Wooden Nickels (10 Dec. 1964)

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Minerva Doubleday asks Paul to complete a secretive deal for her uncle involving the sale of a rare coin. Paul follows the instructions but finds himself at the uncle's shop where he stumbles into Minerva over a man shot to death.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Will Kuluva ...
Homer Doubleday
Phyllis Love ...
Minerva Doubleday
Nancy Berg ...
Vivian Norman
Murray Matheson ...
Howard Hopkins
Walter Burke ...
Panhandler (Kelso)
Berry Kroeger ...
Rexford Wyler
George Parsons (as Hunt Powers)
Grandon Rhodes ...
Penny O'Donnell ...
Cigarette Girl


Perry Mason becomes involved in a case involving avid coin collectors, fake coins, fraud - and murder. It all begins when Paul Drake is hired by Minerva Doubleday whose Uncle Homer Doubleday owns a local coin shop. She wants Drake to act as a go between in delivering a rare 1861 Confederate half dollar to an anonymous buyer who has agreed to pay $50,000 for the coin. She's afraid for her own safety so gets Drake to follow the buyers elaborate instructions. Both Drake and Perry wonder if the coin is real and Perry visits an acquaintance, Howard Hopkins, to see if it's real. Hopkins has made many efforts to buy the rare coin but Doubleday refuses to sell to him due to previous interactions. Drake is intercepted along the way and redirected back to Doubleday's coin shop where he finds Minerva standing holding a gun over the body of George Parsons, another who was very interested in the coin. Parsons was blackmailing Doubleday over fake coins he made for Parsons. Perry defends Minerva ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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10 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Ending ruined the show
21 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was a good and interesting story. However it faded at the end. I felt like I had just been giving an ice cream cone and after the first lick the cream left the cone and fell on the ground.

As with all 'Perry Mason' episodes, we are accustom to an ending where someone is painted into a corner and then they confess to end the show in the time alloted. In this episode we get a mess. It resembled a car crash than solving of a mystery.

The show begins with a homely looking women hiring Paul to delivery a very rare coin to a unknown person and follow directions like a scavenger hunt.

And to make a story short- we have a replica coin maker, a rich coin collector, a seedy con artist along with our homely Ms Doubleday. Well the con artist gets shot and Ms Doubleday is seen holding the gun over the body. And she get Perry to defend her against Mr Burger in court.

So just from this information we know we are going to have replica coins being sold as original rare coins in the episode. The story was actually interesting. We have some good acting from the cast and some good dialog that ties the entire show together in one good viewing. Then we have the end!

Perry, outside the courtroom, gathers the entire cast and then begins to explain how and why the murder happened. We are left shaking our heads because we have to take Perry's explanation of events as fact even without the slightest evidence of such things ever happening. Perry wraps the entire case up in that gathering and we are left befuddled trying to make sense of the entire show.

The first 40 minutes of the show was good. The last ten seemed out of place for such an interesting story. The ending made the entire episode seem useless. A middle of the road episode for sure.

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