Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse 

When Perry Mason finds some fans and shoes that belong to a fan dancer, he places an ad that several people mistake for a missing horse. Not only does another fan dancer show up, but so does her husband...dead, leaving Perry confused.


William D. Russell


Erle Stanley Gardner (based on the novel by), Stirling Silliphant (teleplay)




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
Susan Cummings ... Lois Fenton
Scott Elliott ... Arthur Sheldon
Judy Tyler Judy Tyler ... Irene Kilby aka Cherie Chi-Chi
Robert Bice ... Frank Faulkner
Minerva Urecal ... Landlady
Hugh Sanders ... John Callender
Sydney Smith ... Judge Donahue
John Brinkley John Brinkley ... Jasper Fenton
Connie Cezon Connie Cezon ... Gertie Lade
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ... Police Sgt. Holcomb


After a robbery attempt at the Callender ranch, a shot is fired at the robber leaving on a horse. Later, Perry and Della, returning to Los Angles, witness a car turnover. Perry collects a box of possessions which contains a couple of ostrich feathers and a pair of shoes with the initials LF. He places a blind ad in the paper that brings first John Callender and then Arthur Sheldon followed by Cherie Chi-Chi looking for a seven year old palomino horse. The horse used in the robbery attempt belonged to Lois Fenton who is married to John Callender. Perry learns Cherie is a fan dancer who took over the name and act of Lois Fenton when Fenton married. Lois' brother is thought to have tried to steal some checks Callender is holding over Fenton. Sheldon, trying to help Lois, took a hotel room across from Callender. Perry has him leave and Paul's men take over watching Callender's room. When Perry and Paul try to contact Callender, they find him stabbed with his own sword. Perry's case is ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



Did You Know?


Actress Judy Tyler (who played Cherie Chi-Chi), had just finished making a movie with Elvis Presley called "Jailhouse Rock. Tyler (24), her husband Gregory Lafayette (19) and another passenger were killed on U.S. Route 287 near Rock River, Wyoming on July 3, 1957. The accident so traumatized Elvis that he could never watch "Jailhouse Rock". See more »


During the prologue, a pair of leather gloves seemingly teleport from Jasper Fenton's back pocket to his hands and again to his back pocket. See more »


Arthur Sheldon: Where are they?
Perry Mason: In my car.
Arthur Sheldon: They are my favorites! Such a beautiful balance.
[standing up from her seat]
Arthur Sheldon: I'll send Harry out with you to pick them up. Thank you very much Mr. Mason!
[Leaning towards Perry and gave him a kiss]
Della Street: [Watching a numbed Perry eying Irene Kilby leaving from the table] You haven't say a word since she kissed you.
Perry Mason: Didn't I say good night?
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Featuring Judy Tyler
19 June 2011 | by jeffhanna3See all my reviews

Yes, the plot is confusing, but this one has lots of atmospheric touches that make it fun. The highlight is the gorgeous Judy Tyler as a "fan dancer." She was loaded with confidence, energy and sex appeal - and was an excellent actress. What a shame that she was killed in a car accident not long after this was filmed.

There is another actress named Susan Cummings who, like Judy Tyler, wears streetwalker outfits beautifully and is the last word in 1950's glamour.

Also some good jazzy music, the delicious Minerva Urecal doing one of her classic "suspicious old broad/landlady" bits, and even a car crash scene involving Perry and Della in a Ford convertible, a Mexican peasant woman in an old 1940's car, and a speeding tailgater driving a gorgeous 1956 Lincoln Premier.

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Release Date:

28 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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