The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Episode Guide - The Second Season

November 1, 1958 [45] "The Case of the Buried Clock"

Director--William D. Russell
Teleplay--Francis Cockrell
Story--Erle Stanley Gardner's 1943 novel

Dr. Blane's son-in-law Jack Hardisty embezzled $100,000 from the good doctor and is trying to blackmail him for more. Blane hires Perry to put a stop to Hardisty's misconduct. But before the lawyer can swing into action, Hardisty is found dead, and Perry must defend the doctor against a murder rap.

Perry does some fascinating courtroom work in this episode. He finds out that a wildlife camera, triggered by a buried clock, took misleading pictures of the real killer to "prove" the man was not at the murder scene.

Notice the old-style split screen used when Perry is talking to his client on the phone.

Doctor Blane--Don Beddoe (defendant)
Jack Hardisty--Fred Wayne (victim)
District Attorney Darwin Hale--Paul Fix
Philip Strague--Charles Cooper
Judge Norwood--Jamie Forster

Webmaster's Note: Tom Grossman notes that the correct first name of the actor who plays Jack Hardisty is Fredd.


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