Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Deadly Double 

Perry defends the brother of a woman who returns with a purse containing his gun, who says that in her nightmare she saw her husband shot and found the gun there. Perry must prove the nightmare was real, but why does the woman think it was a dream?


Andrew V. McLaglen


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Sam Neuman


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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 ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Constance Ford ... Helen Reed / Joyce Martel
Denver Pyle ... Robert Crane
Carole Mathews ... Cora Dunbar
Paul Langton ... Harry Vance
Murray Hamilton ... John 'Johnny' Davis Hale
Abraham Sofaer ... Dr. Daniel Maitland
Louise Truax Louise Truax ... Sarah
Carleton G. Young ... David Reed
Pierre Watkin ... Judge
Frank Jenks ... Cab Driver


To protect his sister Helen Reed and her son, Robert Crane threatens his brother-in-law David Reed with bodily harm. The next morning Helen awakens complaining about a bad nightmare in which she saw her husband Reed dead with a bullet hole in his head. They find she returned with a purse which is not hers which contains her brother's pistol. Helen suffers from continuing nightmares that involve memories she cannot explain so she agrees to return to Dr. Maitland. Helen and her brother visit Perry to retain him to defend them in case something happened to Reed. Perry starts by looking for Mr. Reed who seems to be missing. Using the purse, they find an apartment connected to a promiscuous woman named Joyce Martel who is having an affair with Johnny Hale. Perry and Paul find David Reed murdered in Joyce Martel's apartment. Crane is charged with the crime. It is up to Perry Mason and Dr. Maitland to unravel the mystery. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

1 March 1958 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kellogg Junge Jr.'s second and final television/film appearance. Josef Elman's only ever appearance in television or film. First of only two appearances in television or film for Peter Opp. First of 46 appearances in Perry Mason for George E. Stone. See more »


There is a knock at the door leading from Perry's private office to the outside corridor. Perry asks Della to open it, saying it must be Paul. But Paul has a special knock, not one used by the caller; Perry should not have been surprised when the caller turned out to be Lt. Tragg. See more »


[first lines]
Harry Vance: How are you, Tommy?
Tommy Reed: I'm in conference, Mr. Vance.
Harry Vance: Oh, then I won't disturb you.
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An Unusual Episode
16 October 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Most Mason episodes revolve around ensemble acting and a whodunit plot. This is one, if not the only one, that revolves around a single central performance-- Constance Ford in a dual role. In 1958, multiple personality disorders were only beginning to be known to the American public thanks to the popular film Three Faces of Eve, which treated the problem in a clinical manner unlike Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde which remains a popular literary stereotype.

Ford's role is more like Jekyll and Hyde. As Helen Reed, she's timid, demure, and plain-faced; as Joyce Martel, she's boisterous, beautiful and aggressive. Of course, this is a demanding part that few actresses of the day could manage. It's to Ford's great credit that she brings off the two persona's as well as she does. The transition on the witness stand is almost hair-raising. The whodunit is routine but supplements nicely Ford's outstanding performance, the entry's unusual centerpiece.

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