When Perry Mason finds some fans and shoes that belong to a fan dancer, he places an ad that several people mistake for a missing horse. Not only does another fan dancer show up, but so does her husband...dead, leaving Perry confused.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Cummings ...
Lois Fenton
Scott Elliott ...
Arthur Sheldon
Judy Tyler ...
Irene Kilby / Cherie Chi-Chi
Frank Faulkner
Hugh Sanders ...
John Callender
Sydney Smith ...
Judge Donahue
John Brinkley ...
Jasper Fenton
Connie Cezon ...
Rusty Wescoatt ...


After a robbery attempt at the Callender ranch, a shot is fired at the robber leaving on a horse. Later, Perry and Della, returning to Los Angles, witness a car turnover. Perry collects a box of possessions which contains a couple of ostrich feathers and a pair of shoes with the initials LF. He places a blind ad in the paper that brings first John Callender and then Arthur Sheldon followed by Cherie Chi-Chi looking for a seven year old palomino horse. The horse used in the robbery attempt belonged to Lois Fenton who is married to John Callender. Perry learns Cherie is a fan dancer who took over the name and act of Lois Fenton when Fenton married. Lois' brother is thought to have tried to steal some checks Callender is holding over Fenton. Sheldon, trying to help Lois, took a hotel room across from Callender. Perry has him leave and Paul's men take over watching Callender's room. When Perry and Paul try to contact Callender, they find him stabbed with his own sword. Perry's case is ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

28 December 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Judy Tyler, the actress who plays Cherie Chi-Chi, died in an automobile accident before this episode aired. Incidentally, 'chi-chi' is period slang for 'breast'; it's surprising that the censors didn't demand a name change. See more »


When Perry Mason is cross-examining "Chi-Chi" the judge asks the court reporter to read back Perry's question. The shot before this shows a water cooler and file cabinet behind the court reporter. The close up shot of the court reporter shows the water cooler but the file cabinet is blocked by a guard who is standing in front of it. He was not in the earlier shot. See more »


[last lines]
[waiter gives Perry a package]
Perry Mason: [reading card] "Just so you'll remember a grateful client, Lois. The real Cherie Chi Chi."
[Perry opens the package to find a feather fan]
Paul Drake: Well, you won't be needing me again. From now on, you'll be well-covered.
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Judy Tyler's last TV performance
7 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the first few minutes of this early 'Perry Mason' episode we have some very interesting things happen. We witness a burglary, a shooting, a car wreck, finding a fan-dancer's props and get a man complaining about a horse. We fasten our seat belts cause we know we are in for a wild ride.

But then we slow way down when the story hinges on two beautiful women that look almost alike and have the same occupation. Unless you are keen to the subtle differences in each women it can get confusing. Both women are going by the name Lois Felton- so when someone is talking about Lois- is it the real Lois or the other Lois? At times i was confused to which Lois went to a room at 2am and when the other Lois went at 220am.

The time is critical since Lois's (one of them)ex-husband is found murdered and it seems everyone in the cast went to see the dead guy from about 2am till 245am. And this was again confusing when you have people's testimony in the courtroom scenes.

Even with the lag in the middle of the episode it comes together in the end to make it an enjoyable watch. Along the way we get good banner from Lt Tragg and regular frustration from Hamilton Burger. There is also this one scene when a police detective fails to notify the DA that two line-ups were used. The detective was so embarrassed that he tried to flee the courtroom. That was odd.

Could have been better but it passes the mark.

Note- Last TV show for Judy Tyler. She had died in a car wreck on July 3rd 1957- five months before the episode aired on December 28th.

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