Millie Crest is framed for embezzling money by her fiancé so she decides to flee. She picks up another woman who causes them to have an accident. The woman is killed so Millie takes her name but finds she has walked into a scandal.

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Senator Baylor
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Carl Davis
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Millie Crest
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Marjory Davis
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Bob Wallace breaks off his engagement to Millie Crest after involving her in an embezzlement scheme. Millie hurriedly leaves town and gives a lift to Fern Driscoll, who tries to highjack the car, causing it to plunge down a canyon. Fern is killed and Millie assumes her identity, traveling on to Los Angeles. There she is contacted by a shady insurance investigator, Carl Davis. Davis tries to recover incriminating letters from Fern/Millie, who knows nothing about them. That evening Millie protects herself by stabbing an intruder with an icepick. As the wounded intruder, Davis later contacts Millie, threatening to harm her if she does not produce the letters. Davis is representing Senator Baylor up for re-election who wanted his son separated from Fern Driscoll. Millie sends Perry Mason to represent her in the matter. Davis dies and Millie is charged with his murder. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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24 January 1959 (USA)  »

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Set malfunction! During the obligatory climax in which the culprit confesses, an emotional actor leans on the gates in the courtroom bar, which then appear to detach from their hinges. The actors in the shot try not to let it throw them. See more »

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Senator Baylor was supposedly stabbed in the right shoulder when he broke into Millie Crest's apartment. Senator Baylor injuries prevent him from raising his right hand to be sworn in during his testimony. No injury is apparent to his right arm when he meets with Perry in his hotel room prior to his court appearance. See more »

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1st Girl: We've had a wonderful time.
Millie Crest: Oh, not nearly as much fun as I've had. Oh, my gifts are so beautiful. How can I ever thank you all?
1st Girl: We'll get it back when we get married. That is, if we ever do.
Millie Crest: Well, I promise to throw you all half the bridal bouquet.
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'From the pot into the fire' is a nice phrase for this episode
1 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a lot of things in this episode that does not make sense. I know we have to take some things with a grain of salt just for TV sake but this episode was full of items that was so strange even for a condensed one hour show.

The episode begins with Millie Crest receiving a phone call from her fiancé saying that he just stole some money from the firm where both of the work and it is going to look like she was an accomplice. Instead of calling the police or a lawyer, she gets into her car and drives away. Later she picks up a woman, Fern Driscoll, that was having car trouble. Fern is a troubled woman that decides to pull a gun on Millie to steal her car but the action causes Millie to loose control of the car and drive off a cliff killing Fern.

With Fern dead, Millie takes on her identity. Little does Millie know but she will find more trouble assuming the identity of Fern than keeping her own name. When she is visited by a sleazy investigator it will lead to a situation involving a Senator, some letters and an ice pick. When the investigator is killed with the ice pick it will lead to Millie confessing about her true name but this has no bearing on a murder warrant issued by Hamilton Burger's office.

But as the episode continues we find an odd twist to this mystery. People are not exactly whom they seem nor are people telling the exact truth. With the true murderer rather easy to spot the episode ends with the bailiff having to restrain someone from leaving the courtroom. Then we get a confession that is a constant of any Perry Mason episode. Even with some odd events in this episode it was still a worthy watch.


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