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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Did You Know?


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


Perry has to prod Lt. Drumm into realizing that someone may have entered Bruce Strickland's apartment with a key taken from his dead body. Considering that there was no apartment key on Strickland's body when it was found, Drumm should already have reached that conclusion. 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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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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