Diamond cutter and confidence man Hans Breel owes a large sum to gambler William Walker. Breel convinces Irene Bedford to let him sell her diamond to raise money. He sells the diamond to Virginia Trent, but swindles Irene out of her share.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Werner
Marion Marshall ...
Irene Bedford
Virginia Trent
Hans Breel
Jerry Morrow
Adolph Van Beers
Ivan Triesault ...
Fred Schoenbeck
Theodore Marcuse ...
William Walker
Robert Carson ...
Lawrence David


Hans Breel is a diamond cutter who is prepared to go to any lengths to raise cash. He's a heavy gambler and loan shark William Walker wants Breel to make good on his losses of $15,000. Breel makes a deal with Irene Bedford who has a fabulous uncut diamond that if cut properly, could be worth $100,000. Breel has offered to pay her only $15,000 for it and then cons a diamond broker, Virginia Trent, into paying him substantially more- $30,000. However, the diamond is considered a very difficult diamond to cut as it might shatter. He loses the first $15,000 in a poker game and when he tries to cut the diamonds it shatters, vastly reducing its value. At around the same time, Perry Mason is approached by Sarah Werner who is searching for her missing husband Hugo who lost her daughters inheritance of $90,000 on gambling debts. It doesn't take Paul Drake very long to realize that Breel and Hugo Werner are the same person. When Breel is found dead, there is no shortage of possible culprits. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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3 January 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Mr. Van Beers lived right across the hall from the murder victim and certainly must have heard the shot that killed him/her, but this fact is never addressed by either Perry Mason or Hamilton Burger. See more »


[first lines]
William Walker: Oh, Breel? It's the 15th.
Hans Breel: I know, Walker. I haven't got the money.
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A gem of an episode in more ways than one.
25 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those full plate episodes. From beginning to end the viewer has to follow along in order to trace the trail of the gem and to keep everyone separated in this interesting tale.

It begins when a cad of a gentleman named Hans Breel is late on paying some money to some bookies. They give him 48 hours to come up with the scratch. The first thing he does is go to his sweetheart and advises that he will sale her diamond. But as usual he is trying to swindle her out of the money.

Next we learn that Hans is also known as Hugo Werner, a married person that has left his wife and small child. His wife, Sarah, has looked up with Perry in order to find her husband and make him pay back the money he swindled from their child's trust fund. So this guy is an all out bad guy when money is concerned.

The story then goes to the diamond that he is going to cut himself and then try to sell both parts for even more money. But the diamond shatters in front of several witnesses and he is left with small inexpensive pieces.

So when he is found dead in his apartment there is a host of suspects that are not sad about his passing. When the diamond that was supposedly shattered is found in the possession of Sarah Werner, then Perry has more work than just finding a husband. He will defend Ms Werner on charges of murder.

There are a lot of characters in this episode and at times it maybe hard to follow. But when we get to the courtroom scenes the entire story comes together. When a person confesses to the crime, Perry has doubts. And with the approval of the court and Hamilton Burger, Perry will examine one more witness to find the true murderer of Mr Breel/Werner. Good watch.

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