Perry Mason: Season 9, Episode 23

The Case of the Tsarina's Tiara (20 Mar. 1966)

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Perry takes a client with questionable jewelry to another client in the building to have the jewelry appraised. Shortly thereafter Gerard Van Ness a partner in the jewelry business is found with a dead body in the trunk of his car.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Romero ...
Ricardo Arena
Virginia Field ...
Madame Sonya Galinova
Kendall Clark ...
Gerard Van Ness
Vivienne Segal ...
Pauline Thorsen
Leonid Kinskey ...
Vyacheslav Gerznov
Joachim DeVry
Phillip Terry ...
Rolf Thorsen
Janet De Gore ...
Lisabeth Wells
Barbara Perry ...
Girl Assistant
Lew Brown ...
Officer One


Jeweler and gem expert Gerard Van Ness returns to Los Angeles from South America only to be pulled over by the police as the car he's driving was reported stolen. More ominously, they find the dead body of Nils Dorrow, an international jewel thief, in the trunk. Perry Mason, who has acted as Van Ness and his partner Joachim DeVry's lawyer, agrees to defend him. Interestingly, Perry had recently been to their store with another client, Sonya Galinova, where DeVry was astounded to see that she was in possession of a priceless Russian tiara that had been thought lost. She had been given the tiara in payment for boarding another Russian, Vyacheslav Gerznov, who works in a circus. He swears his mother brought the tiara with her when they left Russia. Galinova and Gerznov eventually agree to split the proceeds from the tiara between them for two thirds and one third respectively. The two cases are intertwined and there is a very good reason why someone has tried to frame Van Ness for murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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20 March 1966 (USA)  »

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Vivienne Segal's last acting performance. See more »


The episode begins with the theft of diamonds from the settings of a pre-Columbian statue. Pre-Columbian jewelry never utilized diamonds, as pre-Columbian civilizations lacked the technology to cut and polish them. See more »


Madame Sonya Galinova: He thinks like a peasant, he drinks like a peasant, and he lies like a peasant!
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3 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In a most interesting Perry Mason story, Kendall Clark co-owner of a jewelry firm that Raymond Burr is counsel to becomes the latest Mason client when the body of a notorious jewel thief is found in the trunk of his car. Clark had been on a business trip to Chile and it is in Chile where eventually the murder is solved.

But what was truly fascinating here was that a nice group of conspirators actually tried to use Perry Mason as an unwitting dupe in fraud they were perpetrating. Had Clark not returned prematurely from Chile they actually might have got away with it.

The Hitchcockian McGuffin is as the title says a lost tiara of Czarina Alesandra before the Bolshevik Revolution. Virginia Field used Zsa Zsa Gabor as a model for her exiled countess role and Leonid Kinskey a real Russian is in the cast as a circus performer. They play their parts quite broadly and with a bit of humor not often a part of Mason programs.

But bring Perry in on a dastardly scheme? What did they think?

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