Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Reckless Rockhound 

Reba Burgess has kept a small mine functioning, which helps keep the locals at Burgess, California working, based on diamonds she found herself. When her dead husbands ex-partner returns, he wants half the diamonds but, instead, is killed.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Perry Mason
... Della Street
... Paul Drake
... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
... Reba Burgess
... Malone
... Reelin' Pete (as Elisha Cook)
... Kelly
Douglas Lambert ... Kinder (as Doug Lambert)
... Carl Bascom
... Prosecutor Clark
... Chief Polek
... Murphy
Lenore Shanewise ... Mrs. Munger
... Jenkins


Carl Bascom returns to Burgess, California after several years absence. He visits Reba Burgess, showing her a signed agreement with her husband giving him half interest in the mine she operates. Reba takes it to Perry, who does not have good news, but she prefers to handle the problem herself. Perry sends Paul in to investigate the situation, anyway. Prior to Bascom's departure, he had closed down the Burgess mine, putting many of the locals out of work. Bascom had become a partner in the mine but claimed to have found irregularities in the books. Today, the mine is still being operated on a small scale by Reba Burgess, widow of the man who founded the business. With the help of two long-time employees, Kelly and Reelin' Pete, she's kept the place going thanks to a kindly banker, Mr. Malone, and loans using a million dollars worth of diamonds as collateral. Bascom was viewed as a crook by many and frequently visited the bank, leading employee Mr. Kinder to wonder just what he's up to.... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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26 November 1964 (USA)  »

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When Banker Malone sends Mr. Kinder to get police Chief Polek, Mr. Kinder is wearing a light colored suit with a polka dot bow tie. When Mr. Kinder returns with Chief Polek, he is wearing a dark suit with a dark sweater vest and dark bow tie. See more »

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Lot of familiar faces
23 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Audrey Totter who just left us about a week ago is the Perry Mason client in this story. Seems as though she's saddled with an unwanted business partner from her late husband. The partner is Jeff Corey who's quite the con artist and we're never quite sure of what he wants, but everyone wants him out of this mining town where Totter is trying to get her husband's mine back in production.

So no one is too unhappy when Corey winds up very dead and a whole lot of people would have wanted it so. But it's Totter who is charged by sheriff Ted DeCorsia and it's up to Raymond Burr and William Hopper who've come to this Sierra mining town to defend her.

Sometimes you feel sorry for the prosecutors that are going against Perry Mason. But Donald Buka who played the prosecutor here was such an obnoxious lout it was a real pleasure to see Burr take him down.

A whole lot of familiar faces are in this one. Besides those mentioned the cast also included Bruce Bennett, Ben Johnson, Elisha Cook, Roy Barcroft, and Ralph Moody. That in itself is a reason to see this episode.

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