Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Singular Double 

A woman fed up with working as a mule carrying money for illegal activities fakes her own suicide to get away. When the money on her last trip turns up missing, she finds herself involved in the murder of the woman who picked up the money.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Seeleg Lester (teleplay) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Harry Townes ... A.D.A. Grosvenor Cutter
Connie Hines ... Lucy Stevens
Arch Johnson ... John Ruskin
Alan Baxter ... Whitney Locke
Andrea King ... Catherine Locke
Wilton Graff ... Hugo Burnette
Mary Webster ... Marjorie Ralston
Morris Ankrum ... Judge
Michael Fox ... Autopsy Surgeon
Sue England ... Switchboard Girl
Dick Geary Dick Geary ... Skin Diver (as Richard Geary)


At the Los Angeles airport parking lot, Lucy Stevens puts a briefcase in a car and telephones Hugo Burnette in New York to report a successful delivery of $60,000, which will be a bribe to secure favorable zoning for developer John Rushkin. During the phone call she tells Burnette that she can no longer be involved in the illegal activity and that she has found a way out. Marjorie Ralston drives the car to meet her boss, Whitney Locke, and hand over the briefcase, which proves to be stuffed with newspaper rather than cash. Burnette thinks Lucy stole the money. She disguises herself as a blond, writes a note and sends money to her cousin, Carol Morgan. Then she drives her car into the ocean, faking suicide. Pretending to be Carol, Lucy asks Perry Mason to look for Lucy. When Lucy's car is recovered, there is a woman's body inside, which is identified at first as Lucy, but later as Marjorie. Carol is a sham, and Lucy is arrested for murder. Perry must defend a duplicitous client. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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8 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the final scene of the episode, a flowered glass coffee pot was used by Della to pour Perry and Paul Drake a cup. It was the same pot sold by Maxwell House Coffee to promote their product. It came filled with ground coffee at the grocery store. See more »


The defendant spends considerable time standing beside the open door of a coupe without noticing a dead body lying in the back seat. See more »


[first lines]
Lucy Stevens: Operator? I want to place a collect call to New York City, please. Person-to-person to Mr. Hugo Burnette.
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A bribe delivery that goes wrong plays out well for us viewers.
15 June 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The episode begins as we see Lucy Stevens delivering a suitcase with $60,000 of bribe money into an unoccupied car at the airport parking lot. She calls Hugo Burnette all distressed saying that her involvement with money is over.

Meanwhile Marjorie Ralston picks up the car at the airport and delivers the suitcase to Whitney Locke. When Mr Locke opens the suitcase there is only cut up newspaper and no money. Mr Locke calls Mr Burnette to tell him that he has been double-crossed.

Lucy Stevens is so distressed that she fakes her suicide by writing a note to her cousin, Carol Morgan, and then drives her car into the ocean. She left the door open so that the police would think that the ocean's current move the body out into the deep water.

Lucy changes her hair color and changes her name. She is present when the police lift her car from the ocean and to her surprise there is a dead body inside. And after Lucy's identity is found out- Lt Tragg believes that Lucy killed the women in the car and covered it up by faking her suicide. Perry agreed to take the case as charges of murder are brought up against Ms Lucy Stevens.

During the course of the trial, we not only have to find the true murderer but we also get into the situation of the missing money. And the money will finally lead to a courtroom gallery confession that ties all the loose ends up and ends nicely for Perry's client.

This episode is another good watch for any mystery buff. Perhaps not as exciting as the last few shows- but it leaves us feeling satisfied with another 'Perry Mason' episode. Good Watch

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