Perry Mason: Season 9, Episode 12

The Case of the Fugitive Fraulein (28 Nov. 1965)

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Perry is asked to help retrieve the granddaughter of a scientist from East Germany which wants him back. During the negotiations a go between is murdered with the wife of the scientist charged so Perry defends her in East Germany.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susanne Cramer ...
Gerta Palmer
Emma Ritter
Gregory Morton ...
Wolfgang Stromm
Samuel Carleton
Franz Hoffer
Lilyan Chauvin ...
Frau Zimmer
Wolfe Barzell ...
Prof. Hans Ritter
Eileen Baral ...
Elke Dietrich
Barbara Morrison ...
Woman Magistrate
Peter Hellman ...
German Sergeant
Horst Ebersberg ...
German Border Guard
Hans Heyde ...
Guard at Courtroom


In Los Angeles, Perry Mason is hired by Prof. Hans Ritter and his wife Emma who had recently tried to smuggle, with the help of his assistant Gerta, their granddaughter Elke from East Germany. The attempt to smuggle her out fails and the East Germans offer to release the girl if the Professor voluntarily returns to the East. Hans decides to return to East Germany against the wishes of everyone. Perry has Paul trail Hans to ensure his safety while Perry travels to Berlin in the hopes of arranging a transfer. Perry makes a counter offer of money for Elke's release but it is turned down. Unbeknowst to Perry, Emma and Gerta have returned to East Berlin with a check for $50,000. Perry soon finds himself in an East German court defending Emma Ritter, who has been charged with murdering an East German middleman. Perry finds the court proceedings to be somewhat one-sided and must find the true murderer if Emma is to be released and if the Ritters have any hope of having their granddaughter ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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28 November 1965 (USA)  »

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Actors Kevin Hagen and Susanne Cramer would marry in 14 months. Sadly Susanne would die of pneumonia, a result of possible medical malpractice less than two years later at the age of 32 on the 7th of January, 1969 in Hollywood. See more »


The final scene is supposed to take place at a Hotel in Germany, but a Porsche car with California license plates is plainly visible. See more »

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Perry takes on the commies- should have stayed in LA
3 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perry takes on the commies in this dated episode as he travels to East Germany to dish out some justice- Mason Style.

Professor Hans Ritter (Wolfe Barzell) and his wife Emma Ritter (Jeanette Nolan) have been contacted by the East Berlin authorities that their grand-daughter is in a orphanage. And if Prof. Ritter agrees to return to East Germany they will release the child to Emma so that she may live in the United States.

The Ritter's contact Perry to see if he could help in the exchange of the child. Perry does not agree with the decision for Prof. Ritter to return so he goes over to East Berlin to help negotiate a a better deal and to also prove that the child in indeed their grand-daughter.

And because the Ritters did not take Perry's advise- Prof. Ritter is in the hands of East Germany and Ms Ritter is in the East Berlin Jail accused of murder. Plus the child is still in the orphanage. So it went from bad to worse.

However through some nifty work, Perry is able to make everyone in the NATO region happy and everyone in East Berlin disappointed.

I am sure that at the height of the 'cold war' that this episode played well to viewers. But for todays audiences it played as well as watching a silent movie. It was not a bad script but just so out-dated and unreal. It was so far-fetched that at times seemed almost comical. About the only thing interesting was trying to find out who in the crew was providing information about the Ritters to the East Berlin authorities. Other than that we knew at the beginning how this was going to end.

Not one of the better episodes.

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