Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Fanciful Frail 

Ethel Andrews thinks she is about to be married but finds herself accused of stealing $50,000 from her company. On the run, she changes identities with another woman, who dies in an accident. When Ethel's fiancé is killed, she is charged.



(based on a novel by), (as Ernest Frankel) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Lt. Steve Drumm
Frank Carruthers
Joan Huntington ...
Althea Milgrave
Martha Erskine
Abigail Shelton ...
Peggy Sutton
John Rayner ...
Bruce Strickland (as Hunt Powers)
Phil Arthur ...
Pit Boss
Henry Hunter ...


Ethel Andrews is a quiet woman, successful in her career at a financial management firm. She's understandably upset when her coworker, Bruce Strickland, leaves her standing at the altar. As if that weren't enough, she learns that $50,000 she signed for is missing from the office accounts. She decides to look for Strickland who supposedly went on vacation. While driving, she nearly has an accident causing another woman, Peggy Sutton, to run off the road and damage her car. Peggy Sutton, is herself, on the run after she receives an anonymous phone call telling her the mob has put a contract out on her. Ethel needs time to find out what happened to the money so when Peggy suggests they switch identities for a week, she accepts. When Ethel has a flat in Peggy's car, the man who changes the tires finds a package in the trunk which Ethel discovers contains over $50,000. Peggy is soon killed in a car accident and Ethel approaches Perry Mason to help her get out of the jam she's in. He finds ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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27 March 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Peggy/Ethel looks up Perry Mason's phone number in a Los Angeles phone book. His number is MA5-1190. See more »


A burglar's POV of a box full of money shows real US currency at the top of each bundle of bills. When the money is shown again a few seconds later, each bundle of bills is topped with obvious stage money. See more »


[first lines]
Ethel Andrews: Oh, it'll be just-just perfect, Mrs. Alford. And thank you, Reverend Alford, for letting us use the chapel when there won't be any people here.
Reverend Alford: Every girl wants music and flowers, Ethel.
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There's always Della
5 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Okay, I've watched this episode about twice. The reason that it's "about" is because the defendant is just too goofy for words; I can't summon up the fortitude to witness all the details. There is one thing about it that is completely consistent with almost all other episodes, and that is the ability of the actors. Especially the main characters, the acting is top notch. The fact that the show persevered for as long as it did proves that point, I believe. To be able to confront so many weird defendants every week and do it with a straight face is my evidence.

The "Cars" interest should be clear. OF COURSE Perry has a new car every year; anyway he should. The guy is a legal and business genius. How many times has he had to interrupt a legal/business case to give his attention to a homeless waif, little rich kid, hopelessly romantic idiot, or other turkey that can't afford his services, and which he'll almost always write off? Because he's a litigation shark. He's made a fortune in business law.

In fact, I find it absurd that he's reduced himself to driving a Ford anywhere, when it's obvious that he should have the latest Cadillac convertible to drive himself and Della around in. It HAS to be a convertible when you have someone that beautiful as passenger.

Earlier in the series, he'd sometimes have a real pretty Buick, But a FORD? utter nonsense. Paul many times has a Thunderbird, and that is entirely acceptable, It actually makes far more sense for Perry to have a T-Bird than Paul (private detectives are supposed to be unseen, aren't they?) In the end, there is a currency question when Paul borrows $50 from Perry it a funny line.

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