Scott Cahill has a contract with Karl Magovern to take his party to kelp beds near Mexico each weekend. Magovern canceled but suddenly decides to go. Perry is called when Magovern is found murdered by the Coast Guard and smuggling gold.
A gold mine in California is experiencing gold bar thefts for several weeks but they don't know how the gold is stolen or taken out of the country. Perry Mason's plan to go deep sea fishing with Paul Drake is canceled after crusty wheelchair-bound businessman Karl Magovern commandeers the boat they were to go out on. The boat is owned by Perry's friend, Scott Cahill, who has a contract with Magovern to take him into Mexican waters on a scientific expedition. Originally, this weekend's trip was canceled due to Magovern's broken ankle but he has changed his mind. Magovern's partner, Prof. Sneider, has been working on a new seaweed extract that they hope to market. They leave with a substitute diver as the normal diver was drunk. While out on the trip, however, Magovern is found dead, murdered with an overdose of digitalis. The police also find $50,000 in gold, part of a missing half million dollar haul from a robbery at a gold mine. When Cahill is charged with murder, Perry defends him.Written by
The mine is named the Alchemy Gold Mine... alchemy is defined as the attempt to transform base metal into gold. See more »
The attendants bearing the murder victim's body move it effortlessly, betraying the fact that the body is a rather lightweight dummy. See more »
[quoting Charles E. Carryl's poem]
"Oh, a capital ship for an ocean trip, is a Walloping Window-blind." You, uh, are you prone to mal de mer, Perry?
Only on a windjammer, rounding a horn.
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It's always a fine soothing episode when our law hero goes fishing.
Unfortunately Big Mike Fink from the Davy Crockett series is captaining a fishing boat with Paul, Perry and a scientist (Vaughn Taylor) looking to make kelp better understood with his benefactor who is wheelchair bound with a broken foot and may not make it! There's also a load of purloined gold stealthily taken from a mine.
The U.S. Coast Guard shows and while H M Wynant is scuba diving, they barge over to the boat with no care to ol' H M underwater.
The wrong person gets charged with murder and Perry makes everything right then goes and catches a huge marlin!
The scenes move fast enough to keep it interesting. Sorry to see Arch get killed, tho!
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