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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ethel Andrews
Mr. Park Milgrave
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 ...
Reverend Alford


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 her ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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27 March 1966 (USA)  »

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This is based on the same premise as the season two show "The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll". See more »


When Bruce Strickland is shot, the gun shown is a revolver with a silencer attached, and the sound of the shots is quite low. However, silencers are not effective with revolvers, as the sound escapes from the cylinder too, not just the barrel. See more »


Mr. Park Milgrave: And - and afterwards - when I took the keys, and found the money in his apartment - I thought I was safe!
Hamilton Burger: A murderer is never safe, Mr. Milgrave. That idea is as false as this money you printed.
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Just who REALLY are the stars here?
22 October 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

For the most of Perry Mason's nine-season run, the series is punctuated by a vast collection of famous TV stars from the start in 1957. Their faces pop out at boomer viewers and cause us to remember and say : "Hey...he was on so-and-so as __________ ", or " She played a great witchy character in _________ ". But towards the end of the series run, it becomes very obvious to me that the stars get somewhat upstaged by "automobile counterparts", if you will. For me, as well as perhaps millions of auto buffs, the " CARS ARE THE STARS " in numerous episodes of this last season of Perry Mason. This episode, "The Case of the Fanciful Frail", from 1966, epitomizes this concept perfectly. Younger viewers may also notice this as self-serving commercialism at a glance and come to appreciate it as a kink in television history as well.

Raymond Burr always appears in a top-of-the-line , brand new convertible (or retractable hardtop). He seemed to get a new car every year. Their use conveyed his character and successful career in the series. Yet, on the other hand, the cars used in this production, almost seem to steal the camera (and perhaps some of the limelight from supporting cast.) The camera seems to dwell at times on the action of the sheet metal, instead of the actors, as it makes it's sometimes graceful way and sometimes dramatic way across the little screen in numerous scenes here and there again. Thus, it's not rocket science to figure out that one or another of the Detroit " Big 3 " sponsored Perry Mason at one time or another. Their sponsorship influence upon the screen play is obvious and cannot be overstated : to promote a popular consumerism with their product viewed fashionably and favorably. One can pick up on this easily, in "The Case of the Fanciful Frail".

I'm not spoiling it for you !

You tell me who was the commercial sponsor of Perry Mason at this particular point in time, or any of numerous other points in time, of this fabulous, behind-the-scenes, television history.

It only takes a glance.

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