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"Perry Mason" The Case of the Fifty Millionth Frenchman (1964)

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Original Air Date:
20 February 1964 (Season 7, Episode 19)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William Hopper ... Paul Drake

Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Andy Anderson

David McCallum ... Phillipe Bertain

Jacques Bergerac ... Armand Rovel
Roxane Berard ... Ninette Rovel
Janet Lake ... Carole Ogilvie

Jackie Coogan ... Ron Litten

Coleen Gray ... Linda Sutton
Don Collier ... Peter Hayes

Arthur Franz ... Ray Ogilvie

Naomi Stevens ... Mrs. Kransdorf
Gene O'Donnell ... Prosecutor
Tom Greenway ... Dick Jenkins

Stuart Randall ... Sheriff Max Taylor
Kenneth Patterson ... Judge
Lisa Davis ... Girl Skier

Clark Howat ... Tower Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Anderson ... Man at Ski Lodge / Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Prosecutor's Assistant (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Arthur Marks 
Writing credits
Robert C. Dennis (teleplay) and
Jackson Gillis (teleplay) and
Samuel Newman (teleplay)

Robert C. Dennis (story)

Produced by
Jackson Gillis .... associate producer
Arthur Marks .... producer
Gail Patrick .... executive producer (as Gail Patrick Jackson)
Art Seid .... producer
Original Music by
René Garriguenc  (as Rene Garriguenc)
Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz 
Film Editing by
Robert Seiter 
Casting by
Harvey Clermont 
Art Direction by
Duncan Cramer 
Lewis H. Creber 
Set Decoration by
Dorcy Howard  (as Dorcy W. Howard)
Walter M. Scott 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon A. Webb .... assistant director
Music Department
Lud Gluskin .... conductor
Fred Steiner .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Samuel Newman .... story consultant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erle Stanley Gardner  creator

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Good story but loses luster in production, 18 October 2011
Author: kfo9494 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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