Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Empty Tin 

Elston Carr is searching for the heir to the Hocksley fortune, with Alan Neil conducting the preliminary interviews. Miriam Hocksley may be the heiress. Another woman, Doris Hocksley, also has reliable credentials but Carr is found dead.



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Episode cast overview:
Perry Mason
Della Street
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg
Toni Gerry ...
Doris Hocksley
Alan Neil
Rebecca Gentrie
Gow Loong
Mary Shipp ...
Miriam Hocksley
Anthony Jochim ...
Elston Carr
Dr. Morton


Doris Hocksley with John Lowell reads an ad in San Francisco in the paper looking for the heiress to the Hocksley fortune worth $2,000,000. Lowell pushes Doris to reply to the ad which she does. She has an interview with Alan Neil who is conducting all the preliminary interviews for Elston Carr to weed out obvious impostors. Doris has limited but accurate documentation but is missing a couple of key components Carr is seeking. Although he denies her application, Neil makes a veiled offer that if Doris cooperated she might get the money if she shared half of it with him but she doesn't accept the offer. Doris retains Perry to help with her claim. Perry visits Carr learning that Carr is giving the money to the heir himself. He and his two partners made a fortune in China until the Korean war when one of the partners betrayed the other two. Perry visits Miriam Hocksley who may also have a claim to the fortune. That night Perry receives a call from Neil's secretary saying she heard a shot... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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8 March 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The photograph of Lowell, Hocksley and Carr standing on a day-lit Chinese street is faked, because none of the men casts a shadow. See more »


[first lines]
[reading from a classified ad in newspaper]
John Lowell: "Personal. Wanted. Information concerning the daughter of a man named Hocksley who was a partner in certain adventures in China during the years 1931 through 1956. Daughter is approximately thirty years old."
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The holy book is never wrong
21 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

In this episode Perry Mason starts out representing Toni Gerry who is the possible heir to a gift of money from her father's old business partner, if in fact she can prove she's the real daughter. In the meantime the partner gets himself shot and she's the only other person in a locked room.

The locked room is a favorite of mystery writers everywhere not excluding Erle Stanley Gardner. But remembering the paradigm of Perry never defending a guilty client, the real murderer is an obvious one.

For an added attraction another murder and a near fatal shooting occur. All by the same perpetrator. One of those was someone I thought was the guilty party, but he was one of the best red herrings ever provided in a Mason episode.

As for the solution, it's in the bible of Perry's client. That whet your appetite a bit?

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