Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Fifty Millionth Frenchman 

Phillipe Bertain has loaned $5000 to fellow Frenchwoman Ninette Rovel to get away from her abusive husband. However, when the money is not repaid, he tracks down her husband only to be ignored by him. The husband is then murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Phillipe Bertain
Armand Rovel
Roxane Berard ...
Ninette Rovel
Janet Lake ...
Carole Ogilvie
Ron Litten
Linda Sutton
Peter Hayes
Ray Ogilvie
Mrs. Kransdorf
Gene O'Donnell ...


Phillipe Bertain has been seeing a married woman, Ninette Rovel, while her husband Armand is away at the ski lodge he works at. Using his savings from his job at a bookstore, Phillipe loans Ninette $5000 so that she can obtain a divorce. He also learns that Armand has been beating Ninette. Phillipe consults with Perry about helping Ninette obtain the divorce but when they call her, she refuses to get a divorce telling Phillipe that Armand took the money. Phillipe heads to the ski lodge, where he attacks Armand after learning he has used the money to buy partial ownership of the lodge but is easily repelled by Armand. After becoming inebriated, Phillipe swipes Armand's coffee thermos to take it to him and confronts him again but is knocked out. When Armand is killed in a plane crash, it is discovered that he had barbiturates in his system. Phillipe is charged with the murder and Perry defends him. Perry begins to wonder if the murder of Armand is tied in with the death of the lodge's ... Written by rbecker28

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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20 February 1964 (USA)  »

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The title refers to the 1927 song "Fifty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong" by Willie Raskin, Billy Rose, and Fred Fisher. See more »

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Good story but loses luster in production
18 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can imagine that when the producers saw the episode they said 'Give it a long title and then maybe no one will remember the show'.

Even though the story was good - it comes across on the screen as sappy. It involves Phillipe Bertain (David McCallum of man from UNCLE fame) who plays a wimpy french-man with this awful accent who befriends a married women Ninette Rovel (Roxane Berard). She is married to a ski instructor played by Jacques Bergerac (later becomes head of Revlon Paris and quits acting).


Anyway the husband ends up dead and the wimpy french-man is left holding the lethal, tainted thermos. And here comes Perry to defend the rights of the wimps everywhere.

The story set in a mountain resort. The story is slow and one starts to lose interest. We also have some of the worse acting I have seen in a 'Perry Mason' episode. Roxane Berard, that plays Ninette, should not list this on her resume. She may have done well in a high-school play but playing in this show seemed to be over her head. When she is told of her husband's death the look on her face is more humorous than a look of sadness. Her court performance is stunning- and not in the good way.

There is also a sheriff in this episode that should be given his own show. He knows more about the way medicine acts inside of one's body that any doctor could possible know. He could have solved this case if he would have had five more minutes of air time. That must be why we only see him for about three minutes the entire show.

This is a re-hash of other Perry tales. Only the accent has been changed- and not to protect the innocent.

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