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