Perry Mason: Season 3, Episode 4

The Case of the Blushing Pearls (24 Oct. 1959)

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Hudson Nichols has Mitsou Kamuri arrested for switching his wife Thelma's string of expensive blush pearls, but offers to absolve her if she breaks off her relationship with his son Grove. Her uncle who made the fake pearls is murdered.

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Mitsou Kamuri
Christine White ...
Alice Carson
Benson Fong ...
Itsubi Nogata
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Toma Sakai
Steven Terrell ...
Grove Nichols (as Steve Terrell)
Angela Greene ...
Thelma Nichols
Ralph Dumke ...
Hudson Nichols
John Gallaudet ...
Municipal Judge
Joe Di Reda ...
Edgar Beals (as Joe De Reda)
Rollin Moriyama ...
Ito Kamuri
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Mitsou Kamuri calls her close friend Toma Sakai to help her. She found a string of pearls she believes belongs to her boyfriend Grove's mother Thelma in her home and doesn't know what to do. As Toma offers to return them, Grover's father Hudson and private eye Edgar Beals burst in to take a picture of them hugging. Hudson has her arrested. Perry Mason is hired to defend Mitsou who has been charged with stealing the valuable string of natural pearls. Strangely, the man who sought to hire Perry, Hudson Nichols, is also the man who laid the charges against her. His primary purpose seems to be to end Mitsou's engagement to his son Grove but there is also the question of whether the pearls Mitsou supposedly stole are cultured or natural and only Mitsou's uncle Ito Kamuri would be able to make the replacement pearls. Mitsou's uncle is found dead and the scene is made to look as if he committed ritual suicide. The police and Perry determine that he was in fact murdered. Mitsou is accused of ... Written by garykmcd

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Fake Hara Kiri
10 May 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Perry Mason episode involves Raymond Burr defending Nobu McCarthy from a charge of murdering her uncle who was a dealer in pearls. It is always amazing at how much knowledge Perry Mason had accumulated in his life. For instance in this episode he could tell that the uncle had not committed hara kiri and that the murderer had staged it in a rather clumsy attempt at concealing the crime. That would have been not unlike Raymond Burr in real life who did have an eclectic mind and knowledge in a wide variety of subjects according to friends. Unfortunately Ray Collins as Lieutenant Tragg figured it was a fake suicide also, but he grabbed the wrong suspect as usual.

It turns out there are two crimes were dealing with here and two separate perpetrators. One involved the theft of real pearls as opposed to cultured ones and the other was the murder. And McCarthy of course was guilty of neither.

George Takei who worked for the uncle and is in love with Nobu gets one of his earliest roles in this episode. He does a good job and the voice and features of the future Ensign Sulu are unmistakable.

Some nice twists has William Talman and Ray Collins left in the dust as usual. Part of it involves Burr figuring out that the crimes were done by two people and had a tenuous connection. What it is you watch the episode for.


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