Perry Mason: Season 9, Episode 17

The Case of the Vanishing Victim (23 Jan. 1966)

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Miriam Fielding is charged with poisoning her husband when he is killed in a plane he was piloting. They had a rocky marriage and she suspects him of stealing money from his company. Perry suspects the murder may not be what it appears.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Gaye ...
Laraine Keely
Miriam Fielding
George Wallace ...
Stacey Fielding
Jud Bennett
Russell Arms ...
Reed Kavanaugh
John Matthews ...
F.A.A. Inspector
S. John Launer ...
Judge Telford
John Goddard ...
Al Dolby
Carl Prickett ...
Operations Clerk
Carol Brewster ...
Ruth Kavanaugh


Stacey Fielding is a renowned pharmaceutical chemist who is apparently killed when the private airplane he was piloting crashed and burned. Prior to his departure, he had been drinking from a flask of whiskey his wife prepared for him and made an offhand remark that she would like nothing better than to see him dead. The cold natured Miriam Fielding hires Perry and Paul to check into her husband's alternate life including checking out an apartment he had to look for $100,000 in missing funds but they find an empty wall safe and the picture of his mistress so Perry is concerned he may be being set up. After the crash, the dead man's wife, Miriam Fielding, is arrested and charged with murder. She hires Perry Mason to defend her but the forensic evidence doesn't support the charge and he manages to get her released only to have D.A. Hamilton Burger re-arrest her on the charge. Perry believes there's something else going on and can't help but think that the ongoing theft of ... Written by garykmcd

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23 January 1966 (USA)  »

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Hamilton Burger: He has treated us in this case to a time-wasting exhibition of legal hocus-pocus which reaches a new low - even for him.
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Reason not to drink and fly
10 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some of the best things about this episode are the way Perry uses the judicial system for his client. We get to see Perry use the Judge's chambers to get around his client being arrest and how he uses the 'best-evidence' clause of judicial procedures to have the charge against his client dropped.

The episode involves Stacey Fielding and Miriam Fielding. Their marriage is not the best and Mr Fielding even comments to others that his wife would like to see him dead. Anyway Mr Fielding is going to pilot his plane to Salt Lake City. His wife, Miriam, has backed him the usual stuff which contains a flask with whiskey.

During the flight the small planes crashes and burns. And when the FFA and Lt Drumm start looking for the cause of death they find out that the whiskey contained a powerful sleep agent. And all evidence points to Miriam as the one who killed her husband. Perry comes to her side to defend her against the charges presented by Hamilton Burger.

SPOILER ALERT-- Not long afterwards Mr Fielding is found alive and now we have a possible murder but we do not know the identity of the dead person. Someone is dead and someone poisoned the whiskey. Who? and How? Before the show ends the questions are answered inside the Judges's chambers and someone confesses without being warned of his right to remain silent. (not sure if they could use that confession in court). Anyway Ms Fielding will be able to walk the streets of LA unabated thanks to Perry.

A nice tight show that is interesting. Maybe not the most exciting episode but one that provides the viewer with a good mystery.

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