Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Empty Tin 

Elston Carr is searching for the heir to the Hocksley fortune, with Alan Neil conducting the preliminary interviews. Miriam Hocksley may be the heiress. Another woman, Doris Hocksley, also has reliable credentials but Carr is found dead.


Andrew V. McLaglen


Erle Stanley Gardner (novel), Seeleg Lester (teleplay)




Episode cast overview:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Toni Gerry Toni Gerry ... Doris Hocksley
Warren Stevens ... Alan Neil
Olive Deering ... Rebecca Gentrie
Benson Fong ... Gow Loong
Mary Shipp ... Miriam Hocksley
Anthony Jochim ... Elston Carr
Frank Wilcox ... Judge
Otto Waldis ... John Lowell
Bert Holland ... Dr. Morton


Doris Hocksley with John Lowell reads an ad in San Francisco in the paper looking for the heiress to the Hocksley fortune worth $2,000,000. Lowell pushes Doris to reply to the ad which she does. She has an interview with Alan Neil who is conducting all the preliminary interviews for Elston Carr to weed out obvious impostors. Doris has limited but accurate documentation but is missing a couple of key components Carr is seeking. Although he denies her application, Neil makes a veiled offer that if Doris cooperated she might get the money if she shared half of it with him but she doesn't accept the offer. Doris retains Perry to help with her claim. Perry visits Carr learning that Carr is giving the money to the heir himself. He and his two partners made a fortune in China until the Korean war when one of the partners betrayed the other two. Perry visits Miriam Hocksley who may also have a claim to the fortune. That night Perry receives a call from Neil's secretary saying she heard a shot... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

8 March 1958 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Benson Fong (Gow Loong) was married for 40 years to Gloria Fong (professional name "Maylia"), from 1947 until his death in 1987 (age 70). She died in 2016 at the age of 90. See more »


A bullet fired into a wall achieves implausibly shallow penetration--the bullet base actually protrudes from the wall surface. See more »


[first lines]
[reading from a classified ad in newspaper]
John Lowell: "Personal. Wanted. Information concerning the daughter of a man named Hocksley who was a partner in certain adventures in China during the years 1931 through 1956. Daughter is approximately thirty years old."
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The Case of the Empty Tin
29 March 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Doris Hocksley might be the daughter of someone who was once a business partner with Elston Carr who made his fortune in the far east.

Carr wants to give $2 million to his late partner's daughter and places an ad in a newspaper.

Doris answers the ad and is interviewed by Carr's nephew who calls her a fraud. She goes to visit Perry Mason.

Later when Carr is killed, Doris is found in the room with him. Perry now has to defend her in a murder charge.

Unusually Perry does not break someone down in a witness stand, although at one point that is what you think will happen. There are several possible suspects.

The empty tin in question might prove the identity of the true inheritor of the money.

It was good to see Perry finding enough leads to apprehend the actual murderer away from the courtroom.

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