Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Fancy Figures 

Martin Ellis, a former employee of Jonathan Hyett, is serving time for embezzlement, a charge he strongly denies. New evidence curiously emerges that may cast doubt on Ellis' conviction, so his wife Caroline consults Perry about the case.


Arthur Hiller

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg
Frank Silvera ... Jonathan Hyett
Joan Banks Joan Banks ... Valerie Brewster
Anne Barton Anne Barton ... Carolyn Pulaski Ellis
William Phipps ... Martin Ellis
Ralph Clanton Ralph Clanton ... Charles Brewster
Ray Kellogg Ray Kellogg ... Richard Hyett
Harvey Stephens ... Lawrence Victor Squires
S. John Launer ... Judge
Chuck Webster Chuck Webster ... Sgt. Brice
Leslie Kimmell Leslie Kimmell ... Mailman


Charles Brewster, Vice President of of the business management firm Hyatt, Brewster and Hyatt, is an embezzler having spent $300,000 of clients funds. He put the expenditures through the company accounts but destroyed the evidence. Martin Ellis, comptroller for the firm, was convicted of the crime as he had no proof Brewster is the culprit. Jonathan Hyatt knows Brewster is guilty but he is married to the elder Hyatt's daughter Valerie, an alcoholic. Ellis' wife Carolyn Pulaski Ellis approaches Perry Mason after she receives a roll of microfilm with copies of the bills that disappeared. When Brewster is found dead, Martin Ellis is charged with murder and Perry defends him. The case is difficult because Brewster's ring has blood from where he hit Ellis in the face as Ellis visited Brewster before he was murdered and the Ellis marriage is found to be invalid. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

13 December 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ray Kellogg, who plays Frank Silvera's son, was born only 5 years after he was. See more »


[first lines]
Jonathan Hyett: Well, Richard?
Richard Hyett: It all adds up, Dad. Oh, it adds up beautifully.
Jonathan Hyett: Miss Kirby, I want to see Mr. Brewster the moment he comes in.
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A very good episode that will keep you on the edge of your seat
24 April 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode is one of the better shows. From the well written script and the fine acting, this episode kept you on the end of your seat the entire time. You know that the show is fantastic when at the end of the episode you wished the program would continue.

At a firm that handles rich clients named -Hyett, Brewster and Hyett- they have found evidence that Brewster has embezzled over $300,000 from the company. But the bad thing is that an employee, Martin Ellis, has already been convicted of the theft and is spend time in state prison. But Brewster is married to Johnathan Hyett's daughter and there are some secrets that Brewster will reveal if they turn him in to authorities.

But someone sends information to Ms Ellis that will clear her husband. With the help from Perry and Hamilton Burger, Martin Ellis is released from prison but vows to make Charles Brewster pay for sending him to prison.

When Brewster was arrested for the embezzlement, he plans a scheme with an bond agent investigator to return some of the money only if his bail is posted. So the agent, Lawrence Squire, helps Brewster make bond and he is released. The next day Charles Brewster is found dead and of course Martin Ellis is the main suspect. When information is revealed that Martin Ellis did meet with Brewster that evening, it only adds to the mound of evidence that the DA's office has on Martin.

Perry will defend Martin Ellis in court for the murder of Brewster. Even with the evidence pointing toward guilt, Perry will have a large amount of suspects in the mix that are not sadden by Brewster's death. There will be some loopholes along the way that Perry will have the Paul Drake Detective Agency on full alert as they look at each event that comes up in court. Some shocking testimony concerning Martin Ellis's wife will finally link the entire case together. And someone will be tripped up on the stand that will bring down the case and the true murderer will be revealed. Very good watch.

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