Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Fickle Filly 

Jennifer Wakely is upset her uncle sold her prize horse after her dad died. Given a chance to get him back, she is interrupted by the man who bought the horse. Right after their run in, he is found dead killed by the tool she used.


Allen H. Miner


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Bob Mitchell | 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 (credit only)
Lisabeth Hush Lisabeth Hush ... Roberta Harper
Jim Davis ... George Tabor
Mort Mills ... Police Sgt. Ben Landro
Joan Freeman ... Jennifer Wakely
Jennifer Howard ... Madelon Haines Shelby
Strother Martin ... Joe Mead
Bartlett Robinson ... Emmett Pierson
Robert McQuain Robert McQuain ... Brad Shelby
Frederick Worlock ... Judge (as Frederic Worlock)
Bill Quinn ... H. B. Durell


Jennifer Wakely owns a beautiful racehorse, Tiger Lil, but runs into trouble after her father dies saving the animal from a barn fire. Her uncle and the executor for her father Howard's estate, Emmett Pearson, tells her there is little left for her to inherit. He even sells her beloved Tiger Lil to her former boyfriend Brad Shelby who is now married to a rich neighbor, Madelon Haines, owner of Shamrock stables. George Tabor, trainer at Shamrock stables, was fired by Shelby. Jennifer is devastated by it all and is comforted by her father's one-time secretary, Roberta Harper. Then she receives a call from Mrs. Shelby saying she can have the horse back. She goes to retrieve the horse at night but is surprised by Shelby. She reacts by striking at him with a spreader (large pitch fork) but didn't think she hurt him seriously. When Shelby is found dead however, it's Jennifer who is charged with murder and Perry Mason defends her. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

13 December 1962 (USA) See more »

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The Case of the Fickle Filly See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Fifth and last appearance on Perry Mason (1957) of actress Jennifer Howard. It was also her last appearance on screen, as she retired to raise her four children with husband Samuel Goldwyn Jr.. See more »


[first lines]
Jennifer Wakely: [referring to a racing horse] Isn't she beautiful, Brad?
Brad Shelby: Just like her owner.
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An enjoyable show with a good mystery
14 September 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Young Jennifer Wakley owns a up-and-coming race horse called Tiger Lil. During a barn fire Jennifer's father dies of a heart-attack and her uncle is the executor of the estate.

Jennifer learns that little is left in the estate and hopes to gain money from racing Tiger Lil. Sadly her uncle sells the horse to Jennifer's former boyfriend Brad Shelby of Shamrock Stables. According to the uncle this would pay much of the bills of the estate. Brad had just been involved in a quickie Las Vegas wedding with well-to-do Madelon Haines.

Madelon, appears not to be happy with the purchase of the horse, calls Jennifer to pick up the horse. When Jennifer arrives she is rushed by Brad Shelby. Jennifer throws a pitch-fork at Brad and runs off. Later Brad is found dead with wounds from a pitch-fork. Since Jennifer had been to Perry to consult about the horse sell, Perry will defend her against the charge of murder.

During the course of Perry and Paul's investigation we learn that strange things are afoot. Seems like Brad Shelby paid five times too much for the horse- when a horse is purchases or sold the trainer is always consulted, in this case neither trainer said they had no idea of the sell or buy- there seemed to be something wrong with Tiger Lil's leg. With all these circumstances Perry believes there is much more to this murder.

When all the questions are answered the viewer knows they have been a witness to a good mystery with a great outcome. Good watch for viewers.

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