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:
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Lt. Andy Anderson
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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Courtroom scene saves this episode
13 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

The main character in the episode is Nancy Banks (Joyce Bulifant) who begins with some horse-racing tickets that she wants Perry to keep her. The tickets pay off but when Perry goes to cash the tickets for Nancy we begin the mystery of the week which leads to robbery and murder.

Maybe this is wrong of me, but every time I see or hear the voice of Joyce Bulifant I am reminded of the Saturday morning sitcom of "Big John Little John". Even though it was made for children it has to be an embarrassment whenever she remembers that show. It was one of the worse shows ever made for TV and Joyce will forever be remembered for starring in that series.

However, Joyce Bulifant does a great job as the young women caught up in a situation beyond her control. And all the time trying to keep her brother Rodney Banks (Richard Davalos) from going to jail for a number of bad choices.

In this episode we also get some of the best courtroom exchanges we have seen since the first two seasons. In fact DA Hamilton Burger even loses his cool during testimony and has to apologize to Perry. The courtroom scene also produces Inez Fremont(Phyllis Coats) on the witness stand talking about her dead husband. Her testimony is darling. The episode alone is worth seeing just for the courtroom exchanges.

We can be thankful for the courtroom scene because this story is mostly dull. One even starts to lose interest before Inez gets on the stand. We are brought back to life and the mystery play out right in the courtroom for all to see.

This episode could have been a lemon- but with good acting by the entire cast it ranks as a viewable show.

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