Perry Mason: Season 4, Episode 19

The Case of the Blind Man's Bluff (11 Mar. 1961)

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The Kincannon family jewels are all the family has left and son James needs to sell them but the manager at Slade's jewelry refuses to allow the sale. James is charged with his murder after the jewels are stolen by the blinded manager.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Conte ...
Karl Addison
Charles Slade
Helen Slade
Jack Ging ...
James Kincannon
Berry Kroeger ...
Edgar Whitehead
Merry Anders ...
Adele Bentley
Benny Rubin ...
Alexander Lockwood ...
Arthur Hanson ...
Police Sgt. Ferris


Karl Addison is the manager of an elite jewelry store who advances his plans when he learns that his employer, Charles Slade, is unexpectedly returning from a long absence. Addison has been selling stolen jewelry through the store but he really has his eye on the Kincannon family jewels that are for sale. James Kincannon wants the collection back but technically, they belong to his mother and his family is heavily in debt, thus the planned sale. James needs the money to replay money Slade's dead son embezzled from the company where they work. James had covered the loss in the books but an audit is planned due to a merger. Addison has been practicing stealing the jewels at night without the benefit of sight with the aid of his girlfriend and fellow employee Adele Bentley. His planned eye operation will temporarily blind him and who would accuse a blind man of committing a major burglary? When Addison is found dead however, Jim Kincannon is charged with murder and it's left to Perry ... Written by garykmcd

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The title references a childhood game played with a blindfold. See more »


Sgt. Ferris calls the holder of the Black-Ray UV lamp Eddie instead of Charlie (as listed in the credits). See more »


Charles Slade: Sit down, Jim, sit down. Well, I haven't seen you for some time. Harry became a stranger to us too after he moved away and married that... Well, you young people move in different circles. You find new friends.
Charles Slade: Are you in some sort of trouble? Money, perhaps?
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For a great concept this ended rather bland
24 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This started off with a great concept but for some reason just did not have the flair or interest that other episodes have possessed. A very smart idea that was just to bland.

Karl Addison is the manager of a jewelry store that is owned by Charles Slade. Seems that Karl is working at little overtime when some of the jewelry sold at the store is being recognized as containing stolen gems. Well, Karl has this plan of stealing from the store and has a nice alibi. He is going in for eye surgery and will be totally blind for weeks. But that does not stop Karl, he rehearses stealing from the company while blindfolded so that when he is really blind he can perform the robbery. With a little help from the inside, Karl makes his play for the loot.

But things to not go as planned and Karl is killed and the jewelry he stole is missing. All the evidence points to a young man named Jim Kincannon. His mother has valuable jewelry stored at store and Jim is in desperate need of money. And when he is seen at Karl's penthouse pad at the time of the murder, Perry will make an appearance to save Jim from the gas chamber.

Even with the nice plot, no one in this episode seemed enthusiastic about the story. There's a lot of misleading information that has the viewer guessing but nothing that made this show stand out from others. Not really a bad episode but one that looked so promising and then ended like fat-free milk.

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