Scott Cahill has a contract with Karl Magovern to take his party to kelp beds near Mexico each weekend. Magovern canceled but suddenly decides to go. Perry is called when Magovern is found murdered by the Coast Guard and smuggling gold.
A gold mine in California is experiencing gold bar thefts for several weeks but they don't know how the gold is stolen or taken out of the country. Perry Mason's plan to go deep sea fishing with Paul Drake is canceled after crusty wheelchair-bound businessman Karl Magovern commandeers the boat they were to go out on. The boat is owned by Perry's friend Scott Cahill and has a contract with Magovern to take him into Mexican waters on a scientific expedition. Originally this weekend's trip was canceled due to Magovern's broken ankle but he has changed his mind. Magovern's partner Prof. Sneider has been working on a new seaweed extract that they hope to market. They leave with a substitute diver as the normal diver was drunk. While out on the trip however, Magovern is found dead, murdered with an overdose of digitalis. The police also find $50,000 in gold, part of a missing half million dollar haul from a robbery at a gold mine. When Cahill is charged with murder, Perry defends him. Written by
[quoting Charles E. Carryl's poem]
Oh, a capital ship for an ocean trip, was the Walloping Window Blind... Are you prone to mal de mer, Perry?
Only on a windjammer, rounding the Horn.
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Jeff York is Raymond Burr's client in this Perry Mason episode. York plays a charter boat captain who was going to host Burr and William Hopper on a fishing excursion. But Perry Mason and Paul Drake get bumped because he has a contract with millionaire Arch Johnson for first call on the boat.
Johnson is financing Professor Vaughn Taylor's experiments with sea kelp, but there are others using it for a blind as a hideout for stolen gold bullion. And Johnson has a nice young sultry and shapely wife in Lisa Gaye who gets a lot of attention from the male sex and it's not something she discourages.
It's the proverbial locked cabin door where Johnson is found dead and York is suspected. This Mason episode is about as much in the how as in the who and why.
Moral of the story, never bump Perry Mason from a fishing trip.
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