Perry Mason

The Case of the Dead Ringer

Season 9, Ep 26, Aired 4/17/66
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  • Episode Description
  • Perry loses a case at the beginning of this episode. Actually, it's a civil case involving a patent dispute and he lost because the opposition led the jury to believe that Perry paid a witness to change his testimony. How did this happen? A merchant seaman named Grimes was paid to impersonate Perry and passed an envelope to a key witness. Grimes, it seems, is a dead ringer for Mason. The civil case soon turns into a criminal one when the winning party in the patent dispute is murdered.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Raymond Burr

    Perry Mason

  • Indus Arthur

    Barbara Kramer

  • Barbara Hale

    Della Street

  • Arlene Martel

    Sandra Dunkel

  • William Hopper

    Paul Drake

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Perry: You know, I can still hear him in the courtroom, laughing at everyone. "Which one of you ain't posin' and playactin'?" You know, there's a lot of truth in that.
      Drumm: Ah-ha. A lawyer's weakness. Empathizing with a criminal despite himself.

    • Clay: Gentlemen, being in a ship is being in jail with a chance of drowning. A man in jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company.
      Drumm: Now who said that?
      Clay: I said that.
      Perry: Yes, but Samuel Johnson said it two hundred years before you did.
      Clay: Great minds frequently trod the same path.

    Notes (1)

    • Raymond Burr plays a dual role in this episode--Perry Mason and sinister merchant seaman Grimes.

    Trivia (1)

    • Perry loses the civil case in this episode due to chicanery on the part of the opposing party.

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