Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Duplicate Case 

Herbie Cornwall is a retired baseball player who is now working as a shoe insert salesman and not doing well while his gorgeous wife is an accountant at a store. After a fire in her office, she is murdered and her husband is charged.


James Goldstone


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Philip Saltzman


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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 (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Martin West ... Herbert Cornwall
Don Dubbins ... Burt Blair
Susan Bay Nimoy ... Millie Cornwall (as Susan Bay)
Steve Ihnat ... Charlie Parks
David Lewis ... A. K. Dudley
Herb Voland ... Ernest Hill
Audrey Larkin Audrey Larkin ... Miss Dahlbet (as Audry Larkin)
Dave Willock ... Bartender
Douglass Dumbrille ... Judge


Millie Cornwall works in the office of a major department store and has the interest of a number of men who work there. The fact that she is married, to Herbie Cornwall, doesn't seem to stop her from seeing those men whenever she feels like it. Herbie was once an up and coming baseball star but, now that he sells insoles for tired feet, he doesn't seem as glamorous to her. Herbie's office is next to Paul Drake's and he inadvertently comes across Herbie's problem: when he got home that day after visiting his wife at the office he found $72,000 in his briefcase. They get in a fight related to their marital issues and the briefcase resulting in Herbie striking his wife. He leaves and calls his boss to meet him at a bar with the police as he tells the bartender he struck his wife. Clearly the case is not his but a mysterious fire at his wife's office not only destroyed many of the company's financial records, his wife is found dead at their home. Perry Mason is soon on the case and, while... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

22 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Susan Bay Nimoy married actor Leonard Nimoy in 1989. See more »


[first lines]
Herbert Cornwall: Seven, please.
Elevator Operator: Um... sorry, those are the executive offices.
Herbert Cornwall: It's all right. I have an appointment.
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Millie Got Around
2 April 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

William Hopper got his boss Raymond Burr involved in this case which concerned a most unhappily married former baseball player now selling arch supports out of a department store. Martin West is married to Susan Bay and you can see that back in the day she just loved being married to a glamorous athlete. Now he's just getting by on a paycheck in a job he hates working in the same department store as Bay is. And he knows full well that Bay is stepping out on him. Before long we learn it's with half the employees of the store.

When Hopper picked up West's case by mistake he found it contained a lot of cash. Later on when Bay is murdered, the cops zero in on West, but there are a host of alternative suspects. And of course Raymond Burr ferrets out the right one.

What was interesting about this episode was that while West got off as Burr's clients always do, there is no guarantee of a happy ending. This guy for all intents and purposes is still a washed up ballplayer with no great prospects for the future. Unusual for a Perry Mason episode where usually the loose ends were always tied up.

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