Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Nimble Nephew 

A developer sets up a trap to catch one of his nephews who he suspects of stealing information for their own profit. When the trap catches no one but the information leaks, he turns to Perry. Perry finds the thief - dead in his garage.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Gist ...
Deputy D.A. Claude Drumm
Adam Thompson (as William H. Wright)
Carl Benton Reid ...
Victor Logan
Harry Thompson
Frank Jarrett
Ellen Foster
Lydia Logan
S. John Launer ...
Joel Lawrence ...
Elliott Carter
Autopsy Surgeon


Adam Thompson thinks one of his nephews, Harry Thompson or Elliott Carter, is rifling the house. He sets up an infrared camera near a wall safe to catch the thief. Adam openly marks a survey map to indicate property that he will soon buy, which his assistant, Ellen Foster, puts in the safe. Unknown to Adam, Frank Jarrett as "Norman Durston," puts up earnest money to buy the precise tract drawn on the map. Adam consults with Perry Mason to find out how the land was sold from under him without the safe having been opened. Adam reveals that he never intended to buy the land, but drew the map as a ruse for the thief. Jarrett, needing money, blackmails Victor Logan over a problem with Logan's credentials. Perry and Paul Drake find Jarrett's body in a running auto in his garage. Later, Harry is discovered rifling Jarrett's office and is arrested for murder. Lydia Logan, Victor's daughter and Harry's fiancée, asks Perry to defend them both. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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23 April 1960 (USA)  »

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The opening scene wall safe combination is Right 80, Left 20, Right 80. See more »


In the opening scene, Adam Thompson (Will Wright) tests a security camera, set to take a picture of anyone opening his wall safe, by opening the safe himself. At the time, he is wearing a gray tweed suit with a striped shirt. However, in the resulting picture, he is wearing a solid black suit and a plain white shirt. See more »


[first lines]
Technician: The shutter's muffled and can't be heard. The light's infrared and can't be seen. It's a brand-new model. Automatic and foolproof. As soon as that safe door opens, the picture's snapped. Since you already have a darkroom here in the house, you don't even have to call us to develop it. We've found it the most effective discourager of burglaries yet devised.
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An Inside Job
21 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Will Wright has two nephews in which he is the trustee of their estate and they both like to live good and that takes money. But they can't get the money just yet. But Wright devises a trap for nephews Joel Lawrence and Bert Convy to fall into. He announces and puts some plans where he's planning to purchase a tract of land for development. Although Convy tries, he's interrupted by Lawrence and never opens the safe. Some hidden camera film shows no one broke in. But then the land is purchased in any event.

There's a few more schemes working here and a lot of people have their own agenda. But when an associate of Wright's who did the purchase winds up murdered and Convy is caught breaking in his office, the services of Raymond Burr are desperately needed.

The other reviewer mentioned that this was when William Talman was fired and that producers re-shot a lot of episodes to eliminate him. Robert Gist plays a Deputy DA who gets his clock cleaned in court by Perry Mason. I'll go a bit further and say that I think that someone else was originally meant to be the guilty party, but that was changed as well.

Still it's not a bad episode even if the cracks are visible.

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