Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Buried Clock 

Jack Hardisty steals $100,000 from the bank where he works and asks his father-in-law, Dr. Blane, the chairman of the board, to repay it to avoid a scandal. While investigating, Drake discovers Dr. Blane rifling Jack's home and Jack dead.


William D. Russell


Francis M. Cockrell (teleplay), Erle Stanley Gardner (story)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Don Beddoe ... Dr. Blane
Fredd Wayne ... Jack Hardisty
June Dayton ... Sue Hardisty
Jeanne Bates ... Jean Strague
Paul Fix ... District Attorney Hale
Charles Cooper ... Philip Strague
Robert Foulk ... Sheriff Bert Elmore
Robin Hughes ... Rodney Beaton
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... A. J. Randall
Harry Tyler ... Court Clerk


While his father-in-law Dr. Blane who is chairman of the bank board talks with a bank officer, Jack Hardisty working at the bank calmly steals $100,000 in cash from the bank vault as he closes up and leaves the bank. He is to join his wife and Dr. Blane at his summer house for supper but is late. After he arrives, he has a chat with Dr. Blane which turns into a loud argument. Jack confesses he took the money and with bank examiners coming next week he would like Dr. Blane to help payback the money that he spent on gambling. Dr. Blane calls Perry to get Paul Drake to help investigate. Perry and Della will also visit Dr. Blane that evening to help. Paul's man lost Jack's trail so Paul goes to Jack's house where he finds Dr. Blane searching the house and Jack shot dead. They then call the Sheriff. The murder weapon turns out to be a pistol a neighbor loaned to Dr. Blane as well as Jack and Sue but was missing from Dr. Blane's car. Sue is having an affair with the neighbor Philip Strague.... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

1 November 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Days before filming, Paul Fix learned that he had been cast in a ABC western 'The Rifleman' and filming was starting about the same time as this show. Arthur Gardner, one of the producers of 'The Rifleman', let Fix fulfill his obligation before appearing in the new show. See more »


In the courtroom scene, when they show Phil Strague the picture that was taken of him, in that picture his watch is on his right wrist. However, in the scene in Doctor Blane's cabin, which took place later on the same day that the picture was taken, the watch is on Strague's left wrist. It can also be seen on his left wrist in the courtroom. See more »


[first lines]
A. J. Randall: Well, if you're going to be at your lodge all summer, Dr. Blane, I guess I'd better not send any mail to your house here in the city.
Dr. Blane: Well, no harm if you do. The house here in town is still open. Sue likes to drop in once in a while. Glad to get away from her house, I guess.
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Too complex for a fifty minute show
12 September 2016 | by lewis-51See all my reviews

This is one of the many episodes that were adapted from one of Gardner's Perry Mason novels, the Case of the Buried Clock. That is actually one of the my favorite Mason novels. It is quite complex, involving more characters and situations than could be put into a fifty minute TV program. A lot of compression and abridging was done by the writers of the TV episode -- so much that it ends up being unbelievable.

There are holes in the plot. The clock is introduced very late, unlike in the book. It's not explained how Perry found the clock. It's not explained why Beaton didn't discover what was going on.

Read the book!

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