Perry Mason: Season 9, Episode 24

The Case of the Fanciful Frail (27 Mar. 1966)

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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
Barry Kelley ...
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 episode (and at least one other) features an instrumental of the song "You Need Us," which was sung by the Honeybees on Gilligan's Island: Don't Bug the Mosquitoes (1965). See more »


The bumper sticker and the rear bumper of the car initially driven by Ethel Andrews was damaged on their first meeting. After they switched identities, and cars, when she turned around and passed her car wrecked and in a ditch, the bumper sticker and bumper were undamaged. 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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A rather tall tale
10 May 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A plot too convoluted for its own good and a lead character that's truly impossible to believe characterize this Perry Mason episode. How could anyone like Pippa Scott get herself in the potential jackpot she's in.

Pippa who's a rather shy girl works in a brokerage house and her fiancé not only leaves her at the altar, but holding an empty bag where $50,000.00 from her firm is supposed to be. She takes it on the lam to get clear of the law and find her missing man.

And then she runs into Abigail Shelton who suggests they switch identities since they do have something of a physical resemblance to her. Shelton also has money and man troubles. But Shelton is killed in a car crash and buried with Pippa's identity.

So Pippa comes to Raymond Burr with this rather tall tale which he and everyone else is having trouble with. Sad to say including the audience.

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