Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Bigamous Spouse 

Encyclopedia saleswoman Gwynn Elston has moved in with her friend, Nell Grimes, and her new husband Felton. Gwynn spots a picture in a customer's home and realizes Felton is a bigamist. When Felton is found dead, Gwynn is the prime suspect.


Arthur Marks


Jackson Gillis (teleplay)


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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
Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Anderson
Pippa Scott ... Gwynn Elston
Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ... George Belding Baxter
Karl Swenson ... Corley Ketchum
Michael Conrad ... Felton Grimes
Allan Melvin ... Carl Jasper (as Allan J. Melvin)
Jackie Loughery ... Nell Grimes (as Jacqueline Loughery)
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... Judge
Claude Stroud ... Bolton
Betsy Hale Betsy Hale ... Little Girl


Gwynn Elston, a door-to-door encyclopedia saleswoman, is staying at the home of her friend, Nell Grimes. While making a sale at another house, she discovers that Nell's husband, Felton Grimes, has another wife, who knows him as Frank Gillette. She lets it slip that she knows about this when Grimes makes a pass at her, and then goes to Perry because she thinks Grimes may have tried to poison her to keep her quiet. She then thinks she is being followed when she goes back to the home of Grimes' other wife. Though Gwynn starts to believe she may be overreacting, Perry learns that there really was strychnine in the drink Grimes had given her. When Grimes is found dead in the yard of Mrs. Gillette's neighbor, Gwynn is charged with his murder and Perry defends her. To solve the mystery, Perry looks into the mystery of Grimes' father, who died only two days earlier. Written by rbecker28

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

14 November 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Buick Motor Division provided George Barris with a new 1963 Riviera to customize. The Villa Riviera was originally created by Barris for use as his personal car. The story of the car's onscreen use began when director Leslie H. Martinson was visiting the Barris shop in North Hollywood to look at a vehicle that Barris Kustoms was building for another film. Martinson was quite taken with the Villa Riviera all decked out in cherry red paint over a fire frost white pearl base. He quickly signed a contract that included a clause to repaint the Buick white so it would show up more clearly when filmed. It was used in the movie "For Those Who Think Young (1964)") featuring a young Nancy Sinatra and James Darren. Later the car was used in this episode of the popular "Perry Mason (1957)" TV series. See more »


Gwynn tastes a finger full of the full fluid from the bottom of the sink after she pours out the suspicious fluid. Since the lethal dose of Strychnine is only 60mg for humans, sampling it like that was very dangerous and probably should have at least made her sick. Strychnine is a very dangerous poison. See more »


[first lines]
Gwynn Elston: [as a tea kettle starts to whistle] I'm coming, I'm coming. Keep your hat on.
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The actual title of this episode is Erle Stanley Gardner's The Case of the Bigamous Spouse. See more »

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Well written script makes for a entertaining show
18 October 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Here is another interesting and suspenseful stories that is just as good today as it was in 1963. A good written mystery made better by the actors in the guest cast.

Gwynn Elston, a home-to-home encyclopedia salesperson, has just moved into Felton and Nell Grimes' house. Seems Felton is away much of the time and Nell needs some company while Felton is away on business.

Gwynn makes a call to a house across town to sell books to a women with a small child. When she looks at the picture of the husband it is Felton Grimes. He has another wife across town and is known to that family as Frank Gillette.

When Felton catches Gwynn going trough his desk, he knows that his gig is up. Gwynn then goes to Perry for help and is told to act normal until an investigation is done. So when Gywnn delivers the books to the Gillette house she is fearful on what she may find. Everything goes well until she is leaving and notices a man around her car. She runs a few blocks down the road near the large Baxter Estate. There she gets help from grounds keeper and makes it back to her car.

The next morning Felton/Frank is found dead and there is evidence that Gwynn was the murderer. So Perry will defend her in court against the charge.

The story is just beginning as we get led through a world of blackmail and wanted criminals. Perry leaves no stone unturned as he makes trips to a funeral home and a hermits cabin that has the viewer thrilled. Plus with Pippa Scott playing the accused client that you can actually fell sorry for, the viewer is kept on the edge of their seat the entire time. Very good show!

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