Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Twice-Told Twist 

Lennie Beale is a teenager in a car stripping gang who is caught after Perry's car is stripped. Perry sees something good in Lennie, giving him a second chance. When a ringleader of the gang is stabbed to death, Lennie is charged.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Ernest Frankel | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Richard Anderson ... Police Lt. Steve Drumm
Dan Tobin ... Terrance Clay
Victor Buono ... Ben Huggins
Kevin O'Neal Kevin O'Neal ... Lennie Beale
Scott Graham Scott Graham ... Bill Sikes
Lisa Pera Lisa Pera ... Donna Reales
Lisa Seagram ... Robin Spring
Nicolas Surovy ... Tick Gleason
Marc Rambeau Marc Rambeau ... Jody Laird
Keg Johnson Keg Johnson ... Lester
Judson Pratt ... Tom Loman


After stopping to drop off some papers for a client's signature, Perry and Della return to find that his car has been stripped for parts. They were gone for no more than 10 minutes but the gang that stripped his car were expert at their job. The LAPD have had a rash of these thefts and they arrest a juvenile, Lennie Beale, who was trying to sell a camera from Perry's car. Perry refuses to press charges. Lennie is in love with the older Robin Spring, an entertainer at a night club. A leader of the gang, Bill Sikes, is also in love with Robin as is the older manager of the club, Tom Loman. Sikes pitches a new idea to the true leader of the gang, Ben Huggins, to have Robin get a job parking cars at the club for a gang member. He can copy the keys and addresses from the cars so they can rob their homes. However, on the first job the police are called and Lennie is wounded. When Sikes and his supposed girlfriend are both killed, Lennie is charged with murder. Lennie provides information on... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

27 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Perhaps because this was the only episode of the series made in color, many incidental items seen in the background (props like furniture, tablecloths, exterior walls and costumes on some extras) are either bright red or pink. After this one "experiment" with filming in color, the series reverted to black-and-white for its final handful of episodes. See more »


After Lennie Beale is shot in the arm, blood soaks his jacket sleeve. Beale then goes to Bill Sikes' apartment. But before he enters, Beale removes his hand which had been holding the wound on his arm. The jacket does not have a hole in it where the bullet would have entered. See more »


[first lines]
Della Street: At least Mr. Dandrige is getting a fair price for his place. At his age, it must be hard to lose a home by condemnation.
Perry Mason: It isn't easy at any age.
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Version of Oliver Twist (1960) See more »

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Medium episode, shot in color but lit for b/w
7 June 2006 | by BJ_AhlenSee all my reviews

Just saw this for the second time on KDOC.

It's easy to see why viewers were so shocked when they saw this episode that the series was canceled immediately.

1. The "More is Better" approach to color makes it look a bit like colorized b&w film. This is especially apparent in the faces of all the actors, looking like they were just plucked from a fruit bowl.

2. The contrast is way too great between these faces and especially their clothes, there is a feel that the conversations are between free-floating heads sometimes (on a calibrated NTSC Sony PVM monitor).

I think the DP and gaffers just didn't have enough experience with color design yet at this time. Can't help think what could have been done with today's way more subtle film stocks...

This episode is on the DVD series, would be interesting to convert it to monochrome and see what that would look like (I'm talking about a competent professional conversion, not just reducing the color saturation which looks just awful).

The back story was OK, but somehow not quite gripping in this presentation, and the lady from "Mechico" (Lisa Pera) although offering a passable performance, sounded like she had an Italian accent...

Cool to see a glimpse of the now gone L.A. Downtown funicular!

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