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.


William F. Claxton


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Jonathan Latimer




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Margaret Field Margaret Field ... Linda Osborne (as Maggie Mahoney)
Jeanette Nolan ... Emma 'Martha' Benson
Lauren Perreau Lauren Perreau ... Peggy Smith (as Laurie Perreau)
Frances Helm Frances Helm ... Helene Osborne
John Bryant ... Larry Osborne
Gage Clarke ... Edgar Benson
Francis X. Bushman ... Courtney Jeffers
John Banner ... A. Tobler
Robert Karnes ... Deputy D.A.Chamberlin
Nelson Leigh ... Judge
Eleanor Audley ... 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








Release Date:

19 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Banner, who plays A. Tobler, is better known as prison-camp guard "Sergeant Schultz" in the TV series Hogan's Heroes (1965). 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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Good acting makes this mystery a good watch
23 June 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Top notch episode with good acting by the guest-cast makes this show a must watch in the 4th season line-up. Even the person that played the young eight year old girl was a pleasant surprise as her acting was more on the adult level and not like the uncomfortable reading of lines that happens so many times when children are used in a series.

When Peggy Smith was dropped off at a boarding school at the age of three she has never known her true family. She is now eight years old and the only link to her history is that the school funds are paid plus she also receives two dolls a year and both, the fee and dolls, are paid from a bank in Switzerland.

Right before Perry is to take a vacation to Scotland- eight year old Peggy makes a visit to his office. And with a little prodding from Della, Perry decides to make a visit to Switzerland to find out who sends the money to the school and hopes of finding her some form of a family.

When Perry returns to his hotel after check about the dolls, he discovers a sinister message that only make the case more interesting. So Perry cancels his trip to Scotland and returns to LA to look into this interesting mystery.

What he finds is that she is related to an rich ornery man named Courtney Jeffers. Mr Jeffers had no idea about the child and when shown the documents decides to add Peggy to his will. Before that can happen Mr Jeffers is found beaten to death with a fire-poker. And a butler sees his grand-daughter, Linda Osborne, leaving the room. And when murder charges are obtained, Perry decides to defend Ms Osborne mainly because of the young Peggy Smith.

From then own, it is a good who-done-it episode that is a joy to watch. Good writing, good acting and an ending that leaves a viewer feeling better than when the show began. Good watch!!

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