Perry Mason

Season 9 Episode 26

The Case of the Dead Ringer

Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Apr 17, 1966 on CBS
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The Case of the Dead Ringer
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

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Raymond Burr

Raymond Burr

Seaman Grimes

Guest Star

Indus Arthur

Indus Arthur

Barbara Kramer

Guest Star

Arlene Martel

Arlene Martel

Sandra Dunkel

Guest Star

Grandon Rhodes

Grandon Rhodes


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In 1963 California license plates changed from yellow to black. In courtroom transition scenes shown from time to time through the end of the series, Perry gets out of an early 60s black Ford and walks behind in toward the court. The plate on the back of his car is clearly yellow '62 XCF.

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

  • 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)