Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Borrowed Brunette 

Attractive brunette Eva Martell interviews with Melvin Slater for a special assignment--to pose as Helen Reynolds. Eva takes the job chaperoned by her Aunt Agnes Nulty. Eva and Agnes find Slater dead and are charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Perry Mason
... Della Street
... Paul Drake
... Hamilton Burger
... Lt. Tragg
Margaret Field ... Eva Martell (as Maggie Mahoney)
... Helen Reynolds
... Agnes Nulty
Adrienne Marden ... Barbara Slater
... Grant Reynolds
... Melvin Slater
... Judge Bates
Herman Rudin ... Thomas Folsom
Gisele Verlaine ... Secretary
Howard Van Proyen ... Samuel Dixon


Eva Martel is hired by Melvin Slater to impersonate Helen Reynolds. He assures her there is nothing illegal going on and her aunt, Agnes Nulty, is free to stay with her. All Eva has to do is live in Helen's apartment, wear her clothes and just generally pretend to be her. After a few a days Slater's wife Barbara comes to the apartment looking for Slater to collect child support money from him. This along with the fact they are being watched causes Eva and her aunt to become concerned and decide to seek legal advice. Perry Mason tells them that while their activities might be innocent, anything illegal Slater might be up to could result in them being accomplices. He also tells the aunt she should get rid of the gun she admitted to carrying. Perry forces Slater to have Helen Reynolds come to his office to sign a document to indemnify the women from any charges. They then return to the apartment only to find Slater shot in the forehead. It's Eva and Agnes who are charged and Perry ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

10 January 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Perry is confronting the murder in this episode, the camera cuts back to the guilty on the stand. When returning to Perry to say, he wouldn't stand in the guilty person's way, Perry is standing with the court behind his left, and behind him on the right is open space, with out any showing of Perry moving to this position in the previous shot. See more »


[first lines]
Secretary: [on telephone] I'm sorry, Mr. Lane. Mr. Slater is still busy. Yes, I'll tell him. Goodbye.
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Another fine episode
10 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

This episode involves a women hired to impersonate someone in order to deceive another. Just by that line we know this is not going to end well for the hired women. Not only for her, but she brings along her aunt that also gets caught up in this spider web of deception.

This episode has a good cast. Beautiful Margaret Fields (also known as Maggie Mahoney after marriage) does a good job casted as the person hired to impersonate Helen Reynolds, played by Paula Raymond. Rounding out the guest actors are Shelia Bromley, who played many bit parts in the 50 and 60's, and John Stephenson, who is Mr voice-over, worked in many roles in the 60's and now is doing voice-overs for cartoons around the world.

Not really much action in this episode other than classic Perry. We do get to see Hamilton Burger's office. (This is a treat that I will leave for the viewer) We also get Lt Tragg at his best when we see him arrest and testify during this episode. And Paul Drake seems to have a lot of face time and more dialog than in other later episodes.

At the end of the show I am left with a feeling that I get many times while watching "Perry Mason"- Why did someone not lawyer up? Anyway I gave this a seven. Not the best of the early shows but one you feel like you did not waste time watching.

PS- If you watch more episodes then get ready to see Paula Raymond and Shelia Bromley again. They each played in five other "Perry Mason" episodes throughout the series run.

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