The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Episode Guide - The Ninth Season

April 17, 1966 [267] "The Case of the Dead Ringer"

Director--Arthur Marks
Teleplay--Jackson Gillis

Perry Mason as a killer? Never! Except this once. This episode is a rare bird indeed, and the only time you'll see double when you see Burr. Raymond Burr appears in his regular role as Perry, and also plays Mr. Grimes, a murderer, troublemaker, and the spitting image of Perry Mason. The "Mr. Grimes" role is a lot closer to the characters Burr was used to playing before he came to the Mason series.

Perry finds himself on the losing end of a patent dispute case when his opposition leads the jury to believe that Mason paid a witness to change his testimony. How could this have happened? A cockney merchant seaman named Grimes is a dead ringer for the noted attorney. With a little makeup and some coaching, Grimes merely impersonated Perry and passed an envelope full of money to a key witness.

The civil case turns into a criminal one when the winning party in the patent dispute is murdered. The number one suspect is Perry's client, Barbara Kramer, but the lawyer thinks the murderer may be someone a lot closer to home.

Mr. Grimes--Raymond Burr
Barbara Kramer--Indus Arthur (defendant)
Otis Swanson--Oliver McGowan (victim)
Judge--Grandon Rhodes

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