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Jack Hardisty steals $100,000 from the bank where he works and asks his father-in-law, Dr. Blane, the chairman of the board, to repay it to avoid a scandal. While investigating, Drake discovers Dr. Blane rifling Jack's home and Jack dead.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Dr. Blane
Fredd Wayne ...
Jack Hardisty
June Dayton ...
Sue Hardisty
Jeanne Bates ...
Jean Strague
Philip Strague
Robert Foulk ...
Sheriff Bert Elmore
Robin Hughes ...
Rodney Beaton
Howard Wendell ...
A. J. Randall
Harry Tyler ...
Court Clerk


While his father-in-law Dr. Blane who is chairman of the bank board talks with a bank officer, Jack Hardisty working at the bank calmly steals $100,000 in cash from the bank vault as he closes up and leaves the bank. He is to join his wife and Dr. Blane at his summer house for supper but is late. After he arrives, he has a chat with Dr. Blane which turns into a loud argument. Jack confesses he took the money and with bank examiners coming next week he would like Dr. Blane to help payback the money that he spent on gambling. Dr. Blane calls Perry to get Paul Drake to help investigate. Perry and Della will also visit Dr. Blane that evening to help. Paul's man lost Jack's trail so Paul goes to Jack's house where he finds Dr. Blane searching the house and Jack shot dead. They then call the Sheriff. The murder weapon turns out to be a pistol a neighbor loaned to Dr. Blane as well as Jack and Sue but was missing from Dr. Blane's car. Sue is having an affair with the neighbor Philip Strague.... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

1 November 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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"No Way To Kill Time"
2 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Perry Mason episode derives its title from the fact that a clock is used to set up an alibi. Just one of those old mechanical windup clocks that you rarely see today. It means the murder as planned could not be done today.

Fredd Wayne is the no account husband of June Dayton and he's just embezzled over $100,000.00 dollars from the bank he works at and where his father-in-law got him a job. It's the father-in-law Don Beddoe who brings in first Perry Mason and then Paul Drake to get to the bottom of the story and avoid a scandal.

But when Wayne turns up dead, it's Beddoe in the jackpot and who needs Perry Mason. Of course Perry unravels the the prosecution's case and the real perpetrator discovered.

Paul Fix made one of five appearances as an alternative prosecutor to William Talman. Perry's not in the jurisdiction on this case of Los Angeles county and Hamilton Burger. Of course Fix has no more success than Talman ever did.

I'm not sure this trick would actually have worked in real life in any event. You'll have to watch the episode to see what I mean.

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