Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands 

Nancy Banks comes to Perry wanting him to redeem bets at the horse track for her. When he does, he learns her brother is wanted for embezzlement by his boss Marvin Fremont. When Fremont is found dead in her room, she is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Nancy Banks
Rodney Banks (as Dick Davalos)
Lisabeth Hush ...
Lorraine Lawton
Larsen Halstead
Marvin Fremont
Inez Fremont
Sgt. McClanahan
Henry Norell ...
Jarvis Nettle Gilmore


Nancy Banks hires Perry Mason to hold five $50 tickets she has from the local racetrack. The race hasn't been run yet and, should she win, she wants Perry to collect her winnings for her. Her horse comes in a winner and, when Perry and Della go to the track to collect the winnings, Perry is immediately accosted by Marvin Fremont and policeman Sgt. McClanahan, who claim that Nancy's brother, Rodney, stole the money from his business to buy the tickets and therefore the winnings are his. Perry isn't buying any of it and remains calm while Fremont accuses him of being a crooked lawyer. Rodney is in jail for stealing the money and, at Nancy's request, Perry arranges for his bail. Perry, however, is frustrated by his client's refusal to be honest with him. When Fremont is found murdered in her hotel room, however, it's Nancy who is charged with murder and Perry defends her. His work is made harder by a trick she read in a mystery novel and mentioned to several people earlier. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

23 January 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Perry is in bed and the phone rings, you can see a "ghost" imagine pass across the left side of the screen. It is actually a policeman coming from behind a corner from the previous scene at a police station that was faded into Perry's bedroom scene. See more »


When the court reporter repeats D.A. Hamilton Burger's question to Rodney Banks, he says: "Question: 'All right, where did you get that money? Where did you get this bill?'" Burger didn't say, "All right." See more »


[first lines]
Race Announcer: [start of horse race] The flag is up... and they're off!
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All too familiar
14 May 2014 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

There seems to be a propensity of writers to include "dumb blondes" in at least one episode per season, invariably accompanied by the usual oboes, clarinets and muted trumpets that scream out to the viewer "stoopid girl hahaha" and of course she couldn't possibly be guilty.

These episodes are cute once -- maybe, as comic relief. They are bloody annoying by the second or third iteration.

The courtroom sequences somewhat rescue this one (I suspect this was ESG's contribution), if only because we hear less of the dumb blonde and see more plot development and some pretty strong acting. Unfortunately, anyone who's seen enough Mason episodes and is familiar with the regular stable of character actors will know who the guilty bastard is -- at least I did, because this actor is almost always the baddie.

One final gripe: does anyone really take William Hopper seriously as a ladies' man? He's almost 50 here, and gaining weight almost as quickly as Raymond Burr, yet the producers time and again employ Hopper as bon vivant, gigolo and comic foil. Maybe it was easier to buy 50 years ago, but it is just ridiculous to these modern eyes.

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