An investigation is launched when U.S. currency that was supposed to have been destroyed in the Philippines during World War II starts to appear in circulation in the vicinity of an Army base. The officer in charge of the base cashiers office, Major Frank Lessing, has been acting odd lately and his senior Sergeant Joseph Dexter has just about had it. He asks for a transfer which Lessing approves. When his wife Helen Lessing goes to the office late one night she finds him dead at his desk with a gun in one hand and a suicide note in the other. She quickly covers up the suicide to make it look like a murder. Perry Mason shows up at the base that morning as Maj. Lessing had requested the previous evening. Mrs. Lessing eventually tells him of the cover-up and offers to pay for Sgt. Dexter's defense now that he has been charged with her husband's murder.
Did You Know?
The unit patch seen on the left sleeve (current unit patch, previous unit patch is worn on the right sleeve) on most of the active-duty soldiers in this story, is that of the United States 6th Army. This works with the story-line. Since the 6th and 8th Armies were both involved in taking Manila back from the Japanese in1944/45. And the 6th was also involved in the occupation of Manila to enforce the law and protect the civilians immediately after the war. That also fits the story-line. The unit was temporarily disbanded in the middle 90's. But, was reactivated and is currently (2017) based at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, as part of the Southern Command. See more
In an atmosphere of spit-and-polish, squared away soldiering, Major Lewis, Captain Kennedy and Sergeant McKnight all cite the time of former events using non-military vocabulary (e.g., "10:15 p.m." instead of "22:15 hours"). See more
I suppose so. Well, I'd better shove off. I don't want to keep the little lady waiting.
What's the matter, Paul? Your money burning a hole in your pocket?
[Paul pulls out some money that has been burnt
Where did you get that?
Don't worry. It isn't Corregidor money. I put a cigarette down on my money clip this morning. So, I figured it was just the thing to spend on a hot date.