Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Dead Ringer 

Perry loses a patent case for Barbara Kramer, whose father had died. A missing letter would prove her case but the other side used a sailor who looks like Perry to implicate him in bribery. When the winner is killed, Barbara is charged.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Jackson Gillis

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason / Grimes
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Richard Anderson ... Police Lt. Steve Drumm
Dan Tobin ... Terrance Clay
Indus Arthur Indus Arthur ... Barbara Kramer
Arlene Martel ... Sandra Dunkel
Oliver McGowan Oliver McGowan ... Otis Swanson
Henry Beckman ... William March
Stewart Moss ... Dan Swanson
Maurice Manson Maurice Manson ... Jess Parkinson
Tom Palmer Tom Palmer ... Franklin Bates
Chet Stratton Chet Stratton ... Minister
Alan Fordney Alan Fordney ... Harley


Perry Mason finds himself the target of an attempt to discredit him while he is in the middle of a major lawsuit. Perry is representing a young woman, Barbara Kramer, who accuses Otis Swanson of stealing her father's intellectual property. Swanson will stop at nothing to win and endorses his nephew Dan's elaborate plan to discredit the famous attorney in court. Using an investigator, Dan has located a British sailor, Grimes, who is the spitting image of Mason. He arranges to have Grimes - dressed and groomed to look like Perry - try and bribe a prospective witness. A missing letter will prove Barbara's case but, without it, Perry loses the case and not only has to defend his reputation but also protect Barbara who continues to involve herself in risky behavior with Dan Swanson trying to find the missing letter. Barbara is accused of murder after Otis Swanson is found dead by Paul with Barbara standing behind a curtain. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

17 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite his extensive on-screen time as the scruffy sailor, Mr. Grimes, and a powerful performance which is strikingly different from his Perry Mason role, Raymond Burr is not listed in the closing credits as Mr. Grimes. Apparently the studio thought the usual closing credit which simple says "Raymond Burr as Perry Mason" was enough. See more »


The murder weapon is a Colt New Service revolver, which Hamilton Burger describes in court as having been newly purchased. The New Service was, in fact, discontinued twenty years before this episode aired. See more »

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The good name of Perry Mason
6 June 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Usually a show that has had a run as long as the Perry Mason series gets a bit stale by a 9th season. But I have a feeling that the idea of both Perry Mason losing a case and having Raymond Burr play a double role was something they must have saved until they knew the show was concluding its run.

Raymond Burr is bringing a civil lawsuit on behalf of Indus Arthur who accuses Oliver McGowan of stealing an intellectual property. Stewart Moss who is McGowan's nephew has a plan to discredit Perry Mason by having a lookalike British cockney sailor offer a bribe to key witness Arlene Martel in a most public place.

Witness tampering is serious business for any lawyer. Later on however in addition to defending his own reputation Burr has to defend Arthur when she's accused of murdering McGowan.

Burr looks like he's having a great old time playing the cockney sailor Grimes. It's the kind of part where he can overact outrageously and does. William Hopper and that Drake Detective Agency do yeoman service in clearing the good name of Perry Mason.

You don't think Perry Mason loses even a civil case without the other side cheating?

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