Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll 

Framed for embezzlement by her fiance, Millicent Crest decides to flee. She picks up another woman who causes them to have an accident. The woman is killed, so Millie takes her name but finds she has walked into a scandal.


William D. Russell


Erle Stanley Gardner (novel), Jonathan Latimer (teleplay)


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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
Barton MacLane ... Senator Baylor
Robert Bray ... Carl Davis
Ruta Lee ... Millie Crest
Betty Lou Gerson ... Marjory Davis
Eve McVeagh Eve McVeagh ... Laura Richards
Sam Buffington ... Fred Ernshaw
Richard Gaines ... Judge
Susan Dorn ... Grace
Helene Stanley ... Fern Driscoll
James Kirkwood Jr. James Kirkwood Jr. ... Johnny Baylor (as Jim Kirkwood Jr.)


Bob Wallace breaks off his engagement to Millie Crest after involving her in an embezzlement scheme. Millie hurriedly leaves town and gives a lift to Fern Driscoll, who tries to hijack the car, causing it to plunge down a canyon. Fern is killed and Millie assumes her identity and travels on to Los Angeles, where she is contacted by a shady insurance investigator, Carl Davis. Davis tries to recover incriminating letters from Fern/Millie, who knows nothing about them. That evening Millie protects herself by stabbing an intruder with an icepick. The intruder is Davis, who later contacts Millie and threatens to harm her if she doesn't produce the letters. Davis is representing Senator Baylor, up for re-election, who wanted his son separated from Fern Driscoll. Millie sends Perry Mason to represent her in this matter. Davis dies and Millie is charged with his murder. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

24 January 1959 (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?


The plot line of this episode was used again in 1966's "The Case of the Fanciful Frail". See more »


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[first lines]
1st Girl: We've had a wonderful time.
Millie Crest: Oh, not nearly as much fun as I've had. Oh, my gifts are so beautiful. How can I ever thank you all?
1st Girl: We'll get it back when we get married. That is, if we ever do.
Millie Crest: Well, I promise to throw you all half the bridal bouquet.
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'From the pot into the fire' is a nice phrase for this episode
1 May 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

There is a lot of things in this episode that does not make sense. I know we have to take some things with a grain of salt just for TV sake but this episode was full of items that was so strange even for a condensed one hour show.

The episode begins with Millie Crest receiving a phone call from her fiancé saying that he just stole some money from the firm where both of the work and it is going to look like she was an accomplice. Instead of calling the police or a lawyer, she gets into her car and drives away. Later she picks up a woman, Fern Driscoll, that was having car trouble. Fern is a troubled woman that decides to pull a gun on Millie to steal her car but the action causes Millie to loose control of the car and drive off a cliff killing Fern.

With Fern dead, Millie takes on her identity. Little does Millie know but she will find more trouble assuming the identity of Fern than keeping her own name. When she is visited by a sleazy investigator it will lead to a situation involving a Senator, some letters and an ice pick. When the investigator is killed with the ice pick it will lead to Millie confessing about her true name but this has no bearing on a murder warrant issued by Hamilton Burger's office.

But as the episode continues we find an odd twist to this mystery. People are not exactly whom they seem nor are people telling the exact truth. With the true murderer rather easy to spot the episode ends with the bailiff having to restrain someone from leaving the courtroom. Then we get a confession that is a constant of any Perry Mason episode. Even with some odd events in this episode it was still a worthy watch.

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