Marie Claudet trails her husband to the USA from France as he left her and illegally married a wealthy heiress. When he is killed, she is charged as everyone begs Perry to help her. He must contend with very daffy and devious people.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Lau ...
Annie Fargue ...
Marie Claudet (as Anne Farge)
Elaine Meacham
Pierre Dubois
Jimmy Meacham
John Larkin ...
Todd Meacham
Roger Brody
Victor Billings
Paul Dubov ...
Monsieur Arnaux


Todd and Jimmy Meacham anxiously await the return of their recently widowed Aunt Nellie to the United States. Their uncle Herbert died and they wish to pursue the planned conversion of the family estate, Hacienda Grande, into a residential subdivision that could generate $10 million in just a few years. Imagine their shock when she arrives with a new French husband, the much younger Pierre Dubois. Nellie is eccentric and flighty and refuses to talk business, and they're sure Dubois is a gigolo, so they try to tempt him to stray by hiring pretty French maid Marie Claudet. They know they have a rival for the development in Roger Brody, who has offered $2 million in cash for the land as is. Jimmy Meacham hires his good friend Paul Drake to go to Paris to see what he can learn about Nellie's new husband, but when Pierre Dubois is found dead floating in the pool, it's Marie Claudet who is charged with murder. Perry Mason agrees to defend her in court and find the true killer. Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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22 October 1964 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


John Larkin, the voice of Perry Mason on the radio, appeared in four episodes of this series. See more »


In the courtroom, Perry addresses Nellie as "Mrs. Dubois". Perry knew that Pierre Dubois was already married and that his marriage to Nellie was therefore bigamous, so he should have addressed Nellie as "Mrs. Meecham", her former married name. See more »

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The French Maid
15 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In this Perry Mason episode everyone is concerned about dotty old Aunt Jeanette Nolan. After the death of her husband her two nephews John Larkin and Guy Stockwell are concerned about her dissipating the family legacy that they would inherit. Especially after she returns from Paris and has a new younger husband Michael Forest. Warning bells go off in everyone's head, most especially in butler Neil Hamilton's who hires a lovely French maid Annie Farge to put temptation in Forest's path.

When Forest is found dead in the pool though like William Holden in Sunset Boulevard the police the lovely Ms. Farge and Perry Mason who becomes her attorney shows some remarkable forgiveness as Annie fled the crime scene stealing Raymond Burr's car.

This was a really good episode with a lot of plot twists, the last one naming murderer quite a turn of events. Don't miss this episode at all.

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