Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Nine Dolls 

As Perry prepares to go to Scotland on vacation, a little girl arrives in his office asking him to determine who she is. His search takes him to Switzerland where he meets a woman who becomes his client after a murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Margaret Field ...
Linda Osborne (as Maggie Mahoney)
Emma 'Martha' Benson
Lauren Perreau ...
Peggy Smith (as Laurie Perreau)
Frances Helm ...
Helene Osborne
John Bryant ...
Larry Osborne
Edgar Benson
Courtney Jeffers
A. Tobler
Deputy D.A.Chamberlin
Headmistress Lorimer


Perry, preparing to go to Scotland for a fishing vacation, takes on a very special client when 8 year-old Peggy Smith appears in his office and asks him to find out who she is. Perry learns that she attends a prestigious school and has been there since the age of 3. Her school and residential fees are paid automatically by the Tobler bank in Switzerland and twice a year she receives a lovely handmade doll from a Swiss toy shop. He flies to Switzerland but, due to Swiss law, he cannot find out who is funding Peggy's life. During a chance meeting with American tourists at the doll shop in Switzerland, Perry learns of little Peggy's family. While in Switzerland, he receives a doll with a broken neck and a note that the same thing can happen to little girls. After initially denying her existence, Perry eventually convinces her grandfather, Courtney Jeffers, that his daughter gave birth to the girl. Soon after, as the old man changes his will in Peggy's favor, he is killed and Perry finds ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 November 1960 (USA)  »

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John Banner, seen here as "A. Tobler," is best remembered for his recurring role as bumbling prison guard Sgt. Schultz ("l see nothing!") in 168 episodes of the 1960s POW sitcom Hogan's Heroes. Ironically, Banner is famous for playing a Nazi, though he himself is Jewish. See more »


The murder victim is a wealthy man who was about to change his will. A witness on the stand testifies that he and his wife were the only heirs to the original will, and the DA, presumably in possession of all the facts, does not correct him. Later it is revealed that there were at least two other heirs, one of whom turns out to be the murderer. See more »


[first lines]
Paul Drake: [testing out Perry's fly-rod] Hey, I wouldn't mind having this myself. Come in handy for snagging the olives out of martinis.
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The little girl with no family, but a Swiss bank account
10 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

Poor Perry Mason who is ready to go fishing in Scotland gets a client he can't resist. An 8 year old girl named Peggy Smith played by Lauren Perreau without a clue to her identity comes knocking on his door and Raymond Burr can't resist. Her plaintive cry was one that Medusa couldn't resist. She wants to know who she is.

A Swiss bank account with an automatic checking privilege pays for her in fine style at an exclusive private school where she boards. But young Ms. Perreau has never been contacted by any family. This intrigues Burr so that he goes to Switzerland to check out John Banner's Swiss bank and just who sends dolls routinely twice a year to her at the boarding school. Normally that would have been a job for Paul Drake, but William Hopper is kept busy enough in this episode.

It all traces to reclusive, cantankerous, oil millionaire Francis X. Bushman whom many regard as the first matinée idol of the silver screen. Bushman played many character roles as he got older having gone through a few fortunes. Later when Bushman winds up murdered, a niece Margaret Field is charged with his murder.

How Field is connected to Bushman and Perreau, in fact how they all connect is for you watch the episode. But the Perry Mason paradigm prevails, Perry never defends guilty clients.

This episode is a bit far-fetched, but charmingly presented.

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