Perry Mason: Season 2, Episode 6

The Case of the Buried Clock (1 Nov. 1958)

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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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Hamilton Burger (credit only)
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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Dr. Blane
Fredd Wayne ...
Jack Hardisty
June Dayton ...
Sue Hardisty
Jeanne Bates ...
Jean Strague
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Charles Cooper ...
Philip Strague
Robert Foulk ...
Sheriff Bert Elmore
Robin Hughes ...
Rodney Beaton
Howard Wendell ...
A. J. Randall
Harry Tyler ...
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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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A near unbelievable series of events.
18 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The ending of this episode is rather confusing. It involves a flash of a camera that was rigged at a different time than a witness stated he saw the flash. From the testimony, I was confused about how many flashes went off and how the rig was set up without being spotted by what someone that claimed to be an experience tracker. It was a nice story if you are able to bypass a near unbelievable series of events.

The story involves a real cad named Jack Hardisty that steals about a hundred grand from a bank where his father-in-law, Dr. Blane, got him a job. He even brags to Dr Blane about the theft knowing that the fine doctor would not want any scandal to follow his daughter, Sue.

Dr Blane contacts Perry about being blackmailed by Jack and Perry agrees to make the trip outside LA to Sierra City to check on things. But when he arrives, Jack Hardisty has been killed and all the evidence is pointing to Dr. Blane as the murderer. Instead of blackmail, Perry will be defending Dr Blane for murder in a courtroom outside the usual setting.

A suspect will emerge as Perry reveals some suspicious facts about a witness right near the end of the show. Perry, with little if any evidence, will rig a camera that sets the courtroom ablaze when Perry gets the finger pointed at another person. The entire circumstance seemed forced and improbable but it ended the show within the required minutes and provides us with something to remember.

Note- this episode does contain one of my favorite Judges in the series. Jamie Forster plays the residing Judge in his usual country manner. He makes about four appearance as Judge through the run.


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