Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Fugitive Fraulein 

Perry is asked to help retrieve the granddaughter of a scientist from East Germany, which wants him back. During the negotiations, a go between is murdered with the wife of the scientist charged so Perry defends her in East Germany.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Jonathan Latimer


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Susanne Cramer ... Gerta Palmer
Jeanette Nolan ... Emma Ritter
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Wolfgang Stromm
Kevin Hagen ... Samuel Carleton
Ronald Long ... Franz Hoffer
Lilyan Chauvin ... Frau Zimmer
Wolfe Barzell ... Prof. Hans Ritter
Eileen Baral ... Elke Dietrich
Barbara Morrison ... Woman Magistrate
Peter Hellman Peter Hellman ... German Sergeant
Horst Ebersberg ... German Border Guard
Hans Heyde Hans Heyde ... Guard at Courtroom


In Los Angeles, Perry Mason is hired by Prof. Hans Ritter and his wife Emma who had recently tried to smuggle, with the help of his assistant Gerta, their granddaughter Elke from East Germany. The attempt to smuggle her out fails and the East Germans offer to release the girl if the Professor voluntarily returns to the East. Hans decides to return to East Germany against the wishes of everyone. Perry has Paul trail Hans to ensure his safety while Perry travels to Berlin in the hopes of arranging a transfer. Perry makes a counter offer of money for Elke's release but it is turned down. Unbeknowst to Perry, Emma and Gerta have returned to East Berlin with a check for $50,000. Perry soon finds himself in an East German court defending Emma Ritter, who has been charged with murdering an East German middleman. Perry finds the court proceedings to be somewhat one-sided and must find the true murderer if Emma is to be released and if the Ritters have any hope of having their granddaughter ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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28 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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Actors Kevin Hagen and Susanne Cramer would marry 14 months after this aired. Sadly, Susanne would die of pneumonia, a result of possible medical malpractice, less than two years later at the age of 32 on the 7 January 1969 in Hollywood. They also later appeared together on The Guns of Will Sonnett: One Angry Juror (1969) which aired two months after she had passed away. See more »


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German Border Guard: Your passes, please. Thank you.
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A different venue
24 April 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this episode Perry Mason takes on a client in a different venue than the Los Angeles County Court. The clients are Wolfe Barzell and Jeanette Nolan who are after their granddaughter whom they've never met and who is behind the Iron Curtain. She's being used by the East German government to leverage a defection east by scientist Barzell.

The People's Court in East Germany does not have the protections of one in where the Anglo-Saxon system of jurisprudence is used. And he's up against a ruthless public prosecutor in Gregory Morton. Still when Nolan of all people is accused of murdering one of those Ugarte like scoundrels played by Ronald Long, Mason if not actually in the court itself where he has a much limited role in that rigged system does prove who actually did the deed.

Perry Mason still triumphs in a rigged system. And beats the Communists at a propaganda game. Who could ask for more?

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