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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Classical Whodunnit Plot Line, with a smile and a tear
15 August 2018 | by mbanakSee all my reviews

A couple of good sub-plots in this Perry Mason episode. I viewed it because another web page listed it high on the all-time best-episode list. If you are off-guard, that little girl will steal your heart. Be careful. The story line is lifted considerably by an international backdrop, and the needs of a very sweet, and very reasonable little girl, who doesn't know who she is. Q: Is the grouchy millionaire really all that mean? You decide.

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