Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Tsarina's Tiara 

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:
Della Street
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Steve Drumm
Kendall Clark ...
Gerard Van Ness
Pauline Thorsen
Vyacheslav Gerznov
Joachim DeVry
Rolf Thorsen
Janet De Gore ...
Lisabeth Wells
Carlos Romero ...
Ricardo Arena
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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The thief in the opening scene uses a grasping tool to steal the diamonds. When he uses that same tool to replace the real stones with the fake ones. He puts some putty that is to hold the stone in place, on the tool first. And then he applies the stone. That is in the wrong order. If he wants the stone to stick he would have to put the stone first and the putty. So the putty can be pushed against the statue until it adheres. And the tool could then release the stone. He did this the other way around. The adhesive would have to be the last thing put on the tool. Not the first. See more »


[first lines]
Madame Sonya Galinova: Betrayed. I have been betrayed by my own countryman. It's not for the money alone I am weeping, but when a White Russian has survived the terrors of the Reds only to fall from honor, when I become a victim at the hands of my own countryman, I should be preserved from such a day.
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3 June 2014 | by 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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