Perry Mason: Season 9, Episode 17

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

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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... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Talman ...
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. 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 he and manages to get her released only to have D.A. Hamilton Burger arrest her on another charge. Perry believes there's something else going on and can't help but think that the ongoing theft of pharmaceuticals from the factory has something to do with it 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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Lisa Gaye in a shower scene...too bad it was 60s TV and not 21st century Cinemax
8 September 2011 | by (Arlington, TX) – See all my reviews

Well this is the sixth and final guest appearance for the lovely Lisa Gaye on PM and while she isn't one of the lead characters she still makes quite an impression during her time on screen.

Our first glimpse of Ms. Gaye is not of her beautiful face but instead of her sexy and shapely legs as she is finishing up a shower. This is quite a tease and even though I knew there was no way it was going to happen I was screaming at my TV for the cameraman to pan up! I guess I was influenced by Booger's line in Revenge of the Nerds ("This is b___ s___! Pan down, I want bush!").

Well her introductory scene gets even better after she exits the shower and engages Perry in a discussion while she's wearing nothing more than a towel and an expression of disgust. Great stuff indeed.

The overall story is a pretty good one, involving the poisoning of a man while he's flying his plane to a business meeting. Perry casts enough doubt on the identity of the recovered body to frustrate Hamilton Burger greatly. The scenes of a flustered DA Burger screaming at his adversary and the judge are tremendous.

John Launer gives his normal fine performance as the judge and there are some other nice supporting performances too. But of course Lisa Gaye is the reason that this episode will stay saved on my DVR for a long time.

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