Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Fugitive Nurse 

The wife of a prominent physician is arrested for drugging her husband, causing him to crash his private plane. But then he turns up alive, living in Mexico with a beautiful nurse after the dead man's identity is revealed.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg
Dr. Charles Morris (as Sheppard Strudwick)
Janet Morris
Dave Kirby
Maxine Cooper ...
Mrs. Kirby
Woody Chambliss ...
Philip Connors (Phil) Reese (as Woodrow Chambliss)
Helen Brown ...
Mrs. Strome
Arthur Strome (as Anthony Lettier)
Arthur Hanson ...
Lt. Brewer
Smith (as Larry Blake)


Janet Morris knows her husband, a doctor, is having an affair with his nurse Gladys Strome but up to now has refused to agree to a divorce. She has the police track and arrest a close friend of her husband who is trying to help the doctor move some money but the husband clears the man. He's about to fly off in his own airplane when Janet meets him at the airport to tell him she will give him the divorce he wants. She also gives him a thermos of coffee for his trip. When the plane crashes, there is little left but the autopsy on the remains shows Morris had been drugged. Janet is charged with her husband's death and Perry defends her. After a more detailed inspection of the crash site reveals the dead pilot is not the doctor but his friend. Then Dr. Morris is found alive in Mexico living with Gladys, the case takes a sudden twist. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

15 February 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mrs. Kirby's first name is Angela. See more »


Perry's schedule displays "Wednesday, February 18." IMDB says this first ran Feb 15, 1958. Feb. 18th was a Tuesday that year; the schedule pad was for 1959. See more »


Perry Mason: Will you come back?
Gladys Strome: Why should I? For the first time in my life, I'm happy.
Perry Mason: What kind of happiness can you build on someone else's misfortune?
Gladys Strome: Please, spare us the bromides.
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That particular motive
14 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The unhappily married Bethel Leslie, unhappily married to Dr. Sheppard Strudwick is the Perry Mason client. Originally she comes to Raymond Burr because her private detectives have discovered an apartment belonging to her husband with a wall safe that has $92.000.00 in it. Of course it's a love nest that Strudwick and his nurse Maxine Cooper share. With that Leslie is sure she wants a divorce now.

But she may not have to because Strudwick is reported killed flying his private plane to Salt Lake City. The body is discovered to have been drugged and burned beyond recognition.

Leslie is arrested for killing her estranged husband. But I can't go further into this one. Let's say a pair of people would gain greatly if Leslie is convicted for that particular motive.

Nicely written and well played episode.

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