Perry Mason: Season 3, Episode 12

The Case of the Frantic Flyer (9 Jan. 1960)

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Howard Walters and his mistress, Janice Atkins, plan to rob Wade Taylor's company, blame his son, and fake Walters' death. Janice schemes with Roger Porter to double-cross Howard. Plans go amiss and the son's wife is charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Janice Atkins
Howard Walters
Rebecca Welles ...
Carol Taylor
James Bell ...
Zack Davis
Virginia Vincent ...
Ruth Walters
Ed Kemmer ...
Roger Porter
Wilton Graff ...
Wade Taylor
Richard Gaines ...
Jon Lormer ...
Autopsy Surgeon
Joey Faye ...
Motel Manager


Howard Walters has what he thinks is the perfect plan to steal from his employer Wade Taylor and run off with his mistress, Janice Atkins. While flying his small private airplane on a business trip he will parachute to safety allowing the airplane to crash. After he has left, Janice takes $130,000 from the company safe and the plan is to meet at a remote cabin before setting off on their new life. Things start to go wrong when Walters breaks his leg on landing and finds himself stranded with a hermit of sorts, Zack Davis, and snowed in for nearly two months. By the time he gets back to Los Angeles, everyone had pretty much given up hope of him ever being found. That's okay with Janice who has been carrying on with Roger Porter, who works at the same company as Walters. The police eventually find the crash site and recover a body, that of the missing Andrew Taylor, Wade Taylor's ne'er-do-well son who everyone had assumed had taken the missing money. Andrew's wife Carol seeks Perry ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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9 January 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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A plane departing Fresno, California, and heading for Portland, Oregon, crashes in the upper elevations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. At no point does the air route between Fresno and Portland pass over the Sierras. See more »


Zack Davis: That's... real tricky. Real complicated and tricky. I - I guess murder's like that.
Perry Mason: No, sir. Murder is usually very simple. It's the getting away with it that's real complicated and tricky.
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Veteran Actor Simon Oakland Is The Victim
8 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show in the middle of Season 3 is again written by a team of writers who seem to be writing some good shows to supplement the 85 episodes or so that are based directly on Gardnener material during the series.

I mention Simon Oakland here as he is a well known character actor from quite a few TV series. By the time Simon started his acting career, he was already over 40 and by the time of his death in the 1980's he had logged a lot of television work including his boss role for Darren McGavin's "Night Stalker".

In this episode, he is involved with a woman trying to steal over $300,000 dollars. He murders someone with a plane and breaks his leg parachuting to safety. Interestingly, this part of the plot is used later in an episode of Columbo with guest star Johnny Cash.

From here though, it varies as this episode gets a lot done in 52 minutes. Mason has to work pretty hard to find out who has done it in this episode.

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