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


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Barry Trivers | 1 more credit »


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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 ... Police Lt. Arthur 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 ... Richard Hyett
Harvey Stephens ... Lawrence Victor Squires
S. John Launer ... Judge
Chuck Webster Chuck Webster ... Police 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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second time that Joan Banks plays a drunken wife in the Perry Mason (1957) series. The first time was in Perry Mason: The Case of the Negligent Nymph (1957) 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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Out for payback
28 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Some years ago someone stole big time from Frank Silvera's firm and comptroller William Phipps took the fall. Evidence is now found to free Phipps, but he's looking to take some names and numbers and find out who put him in that jackpot.

The guy who really did the deed Ralph Clanton is found dead and you know the cops zeroed right in Phipps. But Clanton was an all around sleazebag and it's with alternate suspects and theories that Perry Mason makes his living.

Highlght of the story is when one of the suspects blurts out in court they did it. Kind of throws Raymond Burr off his game. But he recovers nicely.

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