Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Blind Man's Bluff 

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
James Kincannon
Edgar Whitehead
Adele Bentley
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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11 March 1961 (USA)  »

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


Perry Mason and Hamilton Burger cite conflicting times when the victim is supposed to have died according to previous medical testimony. See more »


[first lines]
Karl Addison: [answering the phone] Yes?
Adele Bentley: Karl? Karl, I've been calling and calling. Are you all right?
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He got so good he could do it blindfolded
25 October 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jack Ging is Perry Mason's client in this episode, a young man who wants to get his mother's jewelry on display at a Tiffany like store in Los Angeles, owned by George MacReady and run by John Conte. Conte and a few others have a nice little racket going of selling stolen jewels through the store.

But Conte is having a cash flow problem and he decides on a daring robbery. You've got to have the guts of a burglar for this one. He knows he's going to need eye surgery soon that will leave his eyes bandaged for a week. For weeks he works out a route to a company penthouse next door that he can run blindfolded.

The robbery goes off as planned, but Conte gets himself killed and the stolen jewels are stolen from him. And Ging is on the hot seat for the murder.

Just by the description of Conte's activities, there are any number of possible murderers, sworn enemies and greedy friends. And a lovely female accomplice in Merry Anders.

The murderer in fact is no surprise, mainly because this player has a history of playing some of the slimiest creeps on celluloid. They should have had this one as a red herring, might have worked better in terms of suspense.

Still not a bad episode.

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