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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$27.00 retainer
19 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Joyce Bulifant who specialized in playing innocent if somewhat airheaded blonds long before Suzanne Somers became Chrissy Snow on Three's Company makes her second appearance on Perry Mason in this kind of part. She was not as good in this second appearance.

I suppose that her child like innocence is supposed to intrigue people like Perry, Della, and Paul. But in this trip out Bulifant was just too much. When she hands Perry a $27.00 retainer I thought I would heave.

For said retainer he's to take these tickets from the track and cash them in if they prove to be winners. And Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale do it and promptly get accused by Arch Johnson of taking these from one of his employees who embezzled money for betting. The employee is Dick Davalos and Bulifant is his sister.

Later on Johnson is found dead and Bulifant really needs Perry Mason.

Even with the usual Perry Mason paradigm of no guilty clients for Perry, you know Joyce could never have done it. Besides Davalos there are others as usual.

Still Bulifant's unreal character, so Jessica Simpson like, just annoyed in this episode.

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