Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Fifty Millionth Frenchman 

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Phillipe Bertain has loaned $5000 to fellow Frenchwoman Ninette Rovel to get away from her abusive husband. However, when the money is not repaid, he tracks down her husband only to be ignored by him. The husband is then murdered.


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Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Robert C. Dennis (teleplay) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Anderson
David McCallum ... Phillipe Bertain
Jacques Bergerac ... Armand Rovel
Roxane Berard ... Ninette Rovel
Janet Lake Janet Lake ... Carole Ogilvie
Jackie Coogan ... Ron Litten
Coleen Gray ... Linda Sutton
Don Collier ... Peter Hayes
Arthur Franz ... Ray Ogilvie
Naomi Stevens ... Mrs. Kransdorf
Gene O'Donnell Gene O'Donnell ... Prosecutor


Phillipe Bertain has been seeing a married woman, Ninette Rovel, while her husband Armand is away at the ski lodge he works at. Using his savings from his job at a bookstore, Phillipe loans Ninette $5000 so that she can obtain a divorce. He also learns that Armand has been beating Ninette. Phillipe consults with Perry about helping Ninette obtain the divorce but when they call her, she refuses to get a divorce telling Phillipe that Armand took the money. Phillipe heads to the ski lodge, where he attacks Armand after learning he has used the money to buy partial ownership of the lodge but is easily repelled by Armand. After becoming inebriated, Phillipe swipes Armand's coffee thermos to take it to him and confronts him again but is knocked out. When Armand is killed in a plane crash, it is discovered that he had barbiturates in his system. Phillipe is charged with the murder and Perry defends him. Perry begins to wonder if the murder of Armand is tied in with the death of the lodge's ... Written by rbecker28

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






English | French

Release Date:

20 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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The Case of the Fifty Millionth Frenchman See more »

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The title refers to the 1927 song "Fifty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong" by Willie Raskin, Billy Rose, and Fred Fisher. See more »


[first lines]
Ninette Rovel: Ninette:
[answering door]
Ninette Rovel: Phillipe! Entrez, vite, vite.
Phillipe Bertain: Bonsoir, Ninette.
Phillipe Bertain: Phillipe... Oh, I am so frightened!
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Vive le Sport!
26 September 2017 | by Enrique-Sanchez-56See all my reviews

I found this episode to be intriguing. This whole row about the French accents on this board is rather infantile.

Regardless, the players did a good job. And so did the production people. I enjoyed seeing a young David McCallum as I recalled how well he did on "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and many other series on television. Perhaps the plot could have been fleshed out but the end result was fine for my taste.

The title line, is the last line spoken by Raymund Burr. It elicited a smile and pleased feeling on my part. Good episode with interesting story.

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