Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Mischievous Doll 

Dorrie Ambler breaks into Perry's office so he can verify who she is. She won't give details but says she is mixed up in some scheme. Della spots a gun in her purse. When the man who hired her is killed, she is charged. But, who is she?


Jesse Hibbs


Erle Stanley Gardner (story), 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 ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Ben Cooper ... Clyde Jasper
Mary Mitchel ... Dorrie Ambler / Minerva Minden
Allyson Ames Allyson Ames ... Rita Jasper
Marge Redmond ... Henrietta Hull
Paul Lambert ... Del Compton
Phil Arthur Phil Arthur ... Joe Billings
Kenneth MacDonald ... Second Judge
Charles G. Martin ... Judge
Stanley Clements ... Second Taxi Driver


Perry Mason is more that just a bit taken aback when a ditsy blond, Dorrie Ambler, barges into his office asking him to have a good look at her so he can identify her later, should the need arise. She says she went to a casting call where she was hired to dress a certain way and just go around town shopping, meeting people and generally being seen. Now that she's been doing it for a while, she's convinced that there has to be something illegal going on, though she has no idea what that might be. Della becomes concerned when she spots a gun in Dorrie's purse but Perry quietly finds it's loaded - with blanks. A faked incident at the airport where the gun is fired adds to the mystery. It turns out that Dorrie bears an uncanny resemblance to wealthy heiress Minerva Minden who is known for her madcap escapades. Paul Drake traces Dorrie's employer to Joe Billings, a less than reputable private investigator who Drake is certain is involved in all of this. When Billings and Dorrie Ambler both... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

13 May 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This is Wesley Lau's final appearance as Lt. Andy Anderson. See more »


[first lines]
Perry Mason: [using intercom] No, I can't see anyone just now, Della.
Della Street: She says it would only take a minute, Perry. Her name is, uh, Dorrie Ambler, and...
Perry Mason: Well find out what she wants, make an appointment for...
Della Street: Miss Ambler, wait! I told...
Dorrie Ambler: [enters Perry's office] But you don't understand! What I want is that he... that you, Mr. Mason, that you see me!
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Last show of season 8 is a Home Run
16 December 2011 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

A great way to end season eight. -- After 241 episodes you know that the writers have done, and redone, about every way Perry can solve the mystery of the week. You know the regular actors have played the same part for eight years and know that the series is getting stale. You even know that the viewing public must be getting tired of the regular way that nearly each story ends. But I have to say that episode 241 is just as good as any episode in the entire series.

It is a simple plot that is seen on nearly all long playing sitcoms or dramas. It is when a character plays two parts and you either have a twin or someone trying to play a part of a twin. In this episode we have a young beautiful actress, Mary Mitchel, playing two roles. We first see her as Dorrie Ambler, a young nutty girl that claims she has been hired to impersonate a rich famous heiress. Then she also plays the part of the heiress named Minerva Minden, a rich spoiled young girl that seems to be in trouble with the law at every turn.

And with this simple plot we learn that Minerva, the trouble girl, is trying to use Dorrie, the nut, in order to escape the wrath of a hit and run crime. The only problem is that she runs into much more serious problem trying to get out of a small problem.

Minerva said she hired Joe Billings to help her in the scam. When Joe is found dead in Dorrie's apartment the true mystery begins. He was killed by a gun that was in possession of Minerva. And with the death of Dorrie from a fiery car crash and some other evidence that Lt Anderson discovers, Minerva is put on trial for the murder of Joe Billings. And Perry, somewhat reluctantly, takes the case.

I do not want to give too much away for the viewer. The story has a very interesting twist and some very good acting by the entire cast. This was one of those times when I was sorry to see the ending of the show.

Mary Mitchel was candy to the screen in this episode. Ben Cooper, who played Clyde Jasper, did a great job acting the part of the tough guy that is ruled by his wife. And Wesley Lau, who of course played Lt Andy Anderson got more face time in this episode that any other show that I remember. Perhaps since this was the last episode for Wesley Lau the writers gave him a 'thank-you'. I am sure by this time they knew that Mr Lau would not be returning since he already had plans to be on another TV show for the 65-66 fall season.

Season eight ends on a very high note. This is a good episode for any Perry viewer. If you only see one episode from this season this is the one to watch.

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