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







Release Date:

28 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


The final scene is supposed to take place at a Hotel in Germany, but a Porsche car with California license plates is plainly visible. See more »


[first lines]
German Border Guard: Your passes, please. Thank you.
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Not the usual timeless Mason episode, and it shows ~
27 March 2018 | by cranvillesquareSee all my reviews

One of the many reasons I enjoy the Perry Mason franchise is because usually, it is NOT topical. These stories could as easily be set in 2018 as in the years 1957-66...except for this one (as well as episode #171, TCOT Two-Faced Turn-a-Bout.) In both instances, the story became topical and therefore dated rather quickly...especially after the Communist governments fell like dominoes behind the Iron Curtain after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. (I will remember to my dying day, my roomie and me watching that on the TV...his parents were Lithuanian escapees to the West in the early 1950s, shortly after he was born.) Mason had the deck stacked against him, but in the face of immutable truth even Herr Stromm had to see reality and let Frau Ritter free. There are a lot of people still alive who remember what it was like, to pass from Western Europe to the East - it really WAS like entering a prison - but making a TV show about the experience dated it immediately. Once us older viewers die off, future viewers will scoff at the animosity and distrust between East and West.

This is not so far removed from reality, but it is overdone a bit. Nevertheless, when truth conquers evil, even evil has to admit to it. Gregory Morton plays his usual, delightful bad guy and Ronnie Long gets his - nice and early. A good watch, all things considered.

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