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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Another good show with a sky full of stars
17 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

A very good episode with a night sky of guest stars that add to the interest of the show.

This involves Burgess Mine Company located outside LA. Mr Burgess had died and left the mine to his wife, Reba Burgess. Everything is going well until Carl Bascom comes to town.

Mr Bascom was the bookkeeper for the mine before Mr Burgess's death. He had found problems with the books and it seemed that Mr Burgess gave half ownership of the mine to Mr Bascom just days before his death. Since Mr Bascom thought the mine was going to shut down and criminal charges was forthcoming he tailed it off to South America.

After the death, Ms Burgess had some diamonds stored in the local bank's vault. She would use them for collateral to try pay off all the outstanding debts and get the mine running again. When Mr Bascom gets wind of this he is back to claim his half of the mine company. Much to the dislike of everyone in the town.

But before he can get his money he ends up dead by Ms Burgess's gun and she is charged with the murder. Perry comes in to defend her in a courtroom outside the boundaries of LA county.

Even with this simple story- the characters do a good job of making the viewer interested in the outcome of the mystery. We have bank presidents to handymen that seem to be a suspect in the case. But leave it to Perry to find the true closure to this set of circumstance.

In this we have a slew of guest guest actors. Bruce Bennett plays the bank president---Elisha Cook plays Reeling Pete---Ben Johnson plays Kelly---Ted de Corsia plays the police chief--- and some of older stars play minor roles like Ralph Moody and Lenore Shanewise (Ms Shanewise played in one of my favorite 'Perry Mason' episode in the 1958 The case of the Fiery Fingers)

This was a good show with a nice twist at the end. Good watch for all viewers.

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