Saturday, December 19, 2009

Catalina Channel Movie Trivia

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In March 1965 during the eighth season of a very famous American TV detective series called Perry Mason had an episode called Perry Mason, The Case of the Murderous Mermaid.

In this episode, former swimming champion Victoria Dawn is overweight, out of shape, and the owner of a chain of failing health spas. Desperate to regain some of her former glory she hires young actress Regina Lambert to impersonate her in a swim across the Catalina Channel to Los Angeles.

Reggie runs into trouble along the way in her swim, but is rescued by boat captain Charlie Shaw in a typical who-done-it episode that generated particular interest in the American marathon swimming community in the 1960's.

Our question is, "Who was the stand-in swimming model for Reggie in this episode?"

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