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)
Lt. Andy Anderson
Armand Rovel
Roxane Berard ...
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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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 »


[first lines]
Ninette Rovel: Ninette:
[answering door]
Ninette Rovel: Phillipe! Entrez, vite, vite.
Phillipe Bertain: Bonsoir, Ninette.
Phillipe Bertain: Phillipe... Oh, I am so frightened!
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Not the Best Episode, But Dialects Not the Problem
31 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Hilarious that the previous two commenters single out the accents as a weakness of this episode. Two of the three French characters in the episode are, in fact, native French speakers. One is a Frenchman and one is French Canadian. David McCallum, the third actor using an accent, is a trained dialectician, and to a French native-speaking ear, his dialect work in this episode is quite good. Most viewers are not discerning or educated when it comes to actors' accents, (the correct professional term of art is actually "dialect", not "accent"), and it seems that the famously put-on one used by Maurice Chevalier in GiGi is the standard most audiences are familiar with and accept. Of course, there are as many authentic dialects/accents in every language as there are American accents, and there are at least two in this Perry Mason episode. In this instance, the episode's plot is not the series' strongest and the acting, in general, is not terrific, but the accents are actually one of the stronger elements of the episode.

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