Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Blushing Pearls 

Hudson Nichols has Mitsou Kamuri arrested for switching his wife Thelma's string of expensive blush pearls, but offers to absolve her if she breaks off her relationship with his son Grove. Her uncle who made the fake pearls is murdered.


Richard Whorf (as Richard B. Whorf)


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Jonathan Latimer




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Nobu McCarthy ... Mitsou Kamuri
Christine White ... Alice Carson
Benson Fong ... Itsubi Nogata
George Takei ... Toma Sakai
Steven Terrell Steven Terrell ... Grove Nichols (as Steve Terrell)
Angela Greene ... Thelma Nichols
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Hudson Nichols
John Gallaudet ... Municipal Judge
Joe Di Reda Joe Di Reda ... Edgar Beals (as Joe De Reda)
Rollin Moriyama Rollin Moriyama ... Ito Kamuri


Mitsou Kamuri calls her close friend Toma Sakai to help her. She found a string of pearls she believes belongs to her boyfriend Grove's mother Thelma in her home and doesn't know what to do. As Toma offers to return them, Grover's father Hudson and private eye Edgar Beals burst in to take a picture of them hugging. Hudson has her arrested. Perry Mason is hired to defend Mitsou who has been charged with stealing the valuable string of natural pearls. Strangely, the man who sought to hire Perry, Hudson Nichols, is also the man who laid the charges against her. His primary purpose seems to be to end Mitsou's engagement to his son Grove but there is also the question of whether the pearls Mitsou supposedly stole are cultured or natural and only Mitsou's uncle Ito Kamuri would be able to make the replacement pearls. Mitsou's uncle is found dead and the scene is made to look as if he committed ritual suicide. The police and Perry determine that he was in fact murdered. Mitsou is accused of ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

24 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The music sting heard at the two minute mark was apparently added to the CBS music library, and was heard throughout the 1970s on "The CBS Radio Mystery Theater," usually right after a plot twist. See more »


[first lines]
Toma Sakai: [knocking on door] Mitsou?
Mitsou Kamuri: Who is it?
Toma Sakai: Toma.
Mitsou Kamuri: [opens door] Oh, Toma, I am so glad you are here.
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A Japanese woman is accused of killing for pearls.
28 May 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This story begins in such a weird way that the viewer gets the feeling that the main character, a young Japanese woman named Mitsou Kamuri is guilty of theft when a private investigator photographs Mitsou with the goods that happen to be expensive blushing pearls. Then we learn that the entire situation appears to have been a set up by a wealthy business man that owned the pearls named Hudson Nichols. He is trying to stop Mitsou from marrying his son named Grove so he can marry a more respectable woman named Alice Carson.. But hold on to your hat because later we learn that the entire show seems to be a red herring when a a jewelry maker ends up dead in an apparent Harakiri suicide. Then, compliments of Lt Traggs office, we learn that the jewelry maker was really murdered and the entire entanglement goes back to the lovely Mitsou Kamuri which Perry will defend in court after accepting a retainer for five Yen.

We already have a plate full of suspects but more will be produced as Perry starts the investigation into the case. And when we get to the courtroom scenes, it appears that it only as mud to the waters before Perry brings us to reality with a forced confession from a person on the stand.

The first half of the show was somewhat confusion and I did not think the show could rebound. But when we learn there are more than one set of pearls the story gains interest and we are back on the edge of our seat waiting for the hammer to drop. The show ended very well and was a pleasure to watch. Good show.

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