Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Bluffing Blast 

Linda Blake arrives in Ladera looking for her father only to find he has been dead for several years. His death occurred with suspicions that Charles Lambert killed him. When his alibi, Floyd Grant, is murdered, Linda is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Floyd Grant
Deputy D.A. Nelson Taylor
Mary LaRoche ...
Donella Lambert (as Mary La Roche)
Charles Lambert
Sheriff Orville Ramsey
Gertrude Flynn ...
Sylvia Lambert
Jonathan Kidd ...
Joe Italiano
Dr. Lieberson


A young English woman, Linda Blake, arrives in Ladera looking for her father, Addison Blake. She was the product of a World War II liaison between Blake and her mother and had only become aware of his existence when going through her recently deceased mother's papers. She arrives to learn that her father had died several years before in a hunting accident. He had been quite wealthy but, as he died without a will and with no known relatives, his estate was sold and the funds went to the State of California. The newspaper he owned was bought by Clay Elliot who had recently printed negative stories about the local dairy, much to the annoyance of its manager, Floyd Grant. Rumors always blamed the dairy owner, Charles Lambert, for his death but Grant provided Lambert with an alibi at the time and he was never prosecuted. When Grant is found dead, Linda is charged with murder and Perry Mason defends her. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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10 January 1963 (USA)  »

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Barbara Hale's husband, Bill Williams, guest stars in this show. See more »


When Perry and Paul are in the plant talking to Joe, Joe states that there is liquid ammonia in the tank, but the gauge is labeled nitrogen. See more »


[first lines]
Linda Blake: Excuse me. I'm looking for the office of a newspaper, the Ladera Ledger? Could you take me there, please?
Cab Driver: You don't need me, miss. It's just up the street. Can't miss it.
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Many suspects in this interesting mystery
19 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Linda Blake, a WW2 baby, arrives in Ladera CA looking for her father Addison Blake. However Mr Blake had been killed in a suspicious hunting accident some seven years ago. Since Mr Blake had no known relatives, all his property had been sold by the State of California during the last few years.

Linda Blake's mother had been married to US soldier in Europe but after the quick wedding there was also a quick divorce. And Mr Blake had never known about his wife was with child.

With Linda Blake asking questions about the property, the suspicious death of Mr Blake comes back to haunt the town. When Mr Blake died he was hunting with Charles Lambert, owner of a dairy, and Floyd Grant. Even though Mr Lambert was drunk at the time of the shooting- Mr Grant gave Lambert an alibi and no prosecution was ever sought. And afterward Mr Grant was chosen to be manager of the Lambert Dairy.

When Floyd Grant is murdered, Linda Blake is seen standing over the body with the murder weapon in her hand. Perry will defend Ms Blake in court where some interesting testimony will be forthcoming from the witness-stand. The viewer will learn that many people in the town of Ladera may have wish to see Floyd Grant dead.

This is another interesting and entertaining mystery. Many suspects and many twist keep the viewer on their toes the entire time. Good watch

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