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?


Judy Tyler, the actress who plays Cherie Chi-Chi, died in an automobile accident six months before this episode aired. See more »


When Perry Mason is cross-examining "Chi-Chi" the judge asks the court reporter to read back Perry's question. The shot before this shows a water cooler and file cabinet behind the court reporter. The close up shot of the court reporter shows the water cooler but the file cabinet is blocked by a guard who is standing in front of it. He was not in the earlier shot. See more »


Perry Mason: [Speaking to Paul by phone] And Paul, I have one other job for you. I want you to find a horse.
Paul Drake: A HORSE? Perry, for the love of Pete...
Perry Mason: A 7-year old Palomino quarter horse.
Paul Drake: Why don't you go to bed like everyone else?
[sighs; gets pencil and pad]
Paul Drake: Okay, it's a 7-year old Palomino quarter horse, whatever that means.
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Perry's not ambulance chasing
8 June 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The 15th episode of the first season of Perry Mason was the farewell performance of young Judy Tyler recently of Broadway, Elvis Presley and the Howdy Doody Show. She had one bright promising career and on this Perry Mason episode she showed a lot of verve and style as a Sally Rand like fan dancer.

It would almost seem like he's ambulance chasing but Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale are in fact just driving along and they witness an accident. That leads the whole crew into a story involving a stolen quarter horse, an estranged husband, and two women who look somewhat alike, one of whom is married to the estranged husband and becomes Burr's client and the other is Judy Tyler.

The story is a confused one, but this show breaks the paradigm somewhat in that the real perpetrator isn't discovered at trial. Burr knows who it is, but he lets William Talman figure it out on his own.

For a 9 year old late of the Howdy Doody Show by a few years the death of Princess Summerfallwinterspring was quite the childhood trauma. Judy really steals this Perry Mason show from the rest of the cast.

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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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