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
Did You Know?
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
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.