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Della Street (Character)
from "Perry Mason" (1957)

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The Case of the Black Cat (1936)
Perry Mason: Give me a 7 letter word that starts with S that means lawyer.
Della Street: Shyster.

Della Street: [seated at a booth in the waffle house] Are you tickling my ankle?
Perry Mason: You think I would?
Della Street: I know you are.
[looks down and sees Clinker]
Della Street: Oh!
[picks him up, looks at Perry]
Della Street: I'm sorry, I really thought that was you.
Perry Mason: Well, it's not a bad idea.

Perry Mason: [Working on a crossword puzzle] I tell you what I'll do, Della. I'll settle for a seven letter word beginning with S meaning lawyer.
Della Street: Shyster!
Perry Mason: Getting a bit fresh, aren't we, Della?

Della Street: You and your cats! You'll probably end up in jail!
Perry Mason: A lot of interesting people in jail, Della.


The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)
Detective Johnson: Who was that on the phone?
Della Street: Well, it was the garbage man. I told him to bring up enough for four.

Col. Bradbury: [after finding Perry passed out on his office floor] Is this the office of the eminent attorney Perry Mason or an insane asylum?
Della Street: Sometimes I wonder.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Jaded Joker (#2.18)" (1959)
[last lines]
Lt. Tragg: Well, I'm glad this one's over. I'm beat.
Della Street: [amused] Dig the hipster.
Lt. Tragg: Now, don't bug me, Granny. I'm one of the cool ones. I don't dig slick chicks trying to goof me up... Daddy-o.
[as Tragg is leaving Perry's office]
Lt. Tragg: Good night, counselor.

Della Street: Perry, what's a schnook?


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Spurious Sister (#3.1)" (1959)
[last lines]
Della Street: Incidentally, Mr. Chapman, I have a message for you from her. She says that work's piling up, things are in a turmoil, and the office needs you.
Perry Mason: That sounds exactly like a secretary.

Perry Mason: Della, how would you like to get a divorce?
Della Street: I thought you were supposed to be married first.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Madcap Modiste (#3.22)" (1960)
Perry Mason: Della...
Della Street: Mm-hm?
Perry Mason: ...Della, think like a woman, will you?
Della Street: I'll try.

Perry Mason: Number 42. I saw that today. What's wrong with it?
Della Street: Well, it doesn't belong. Forty-one of them do, but this one doesn't. Reason: her deep-seated inconsistency.
Perry Mason: You mean she was a normal woman.
Della Street: I'll try to overlook that.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink (#1.13)" (1957)
[first lines]
Morey Allen: Miss Street, Mr. Mason.
Della Street: Hello, Morey.
Perry Mason: How's it going, Morey?
Morey Allen: Fine. I have your table all ready.

[last lines]
Morey Allen: How about a little dessert?
Della Street: I might just find room for a piece of pie and coffee.
Paul Drake: Ice cream for me, Morey, chocolate.
Morey Allen: Right. How about you, Mr. Mason?
Perry Mason: Oh, anything, and coffee.
Morey Allen: Anything?
Perry Mason: Well, anything but a moth-eaten mink.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Angry Mourner (#1.7)" (1957)
Della Street: Is that the cook?
Perry Mason: And housekeeper.
Della Street: You'll never convince me she was hired just to dust the furniture.

[last lines]
Belle Adrian: Mr. Mason, were you surprised when you found I didn't do it?
Perry Mason: Of course not, Mrs. Adrian. I knew that all along. You just weren't the type.
Paul Drake: And who is the type, pray tell?
Della Street: Oh, that's easy, Paul. Anyone who is not represented by Perry Mason.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Larcenous Lady (#4.12)" (1960)
[last lines]
Della Street: What about us?
Perry Mason: Plans? I've got some.
Della Street: I'm not talking about our jobs.
Perry Mason: Well, I am. Here. Take a note. New French restaurant, just opened up, specializes in rack of lamb, mint sauce, Lyonnaise potatoes... Crepes Suzette. Hmm?


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Pint-Sized Client (#2.3)" (1958)
[last lines]
Della Street: Well, then you'll both have a lot of money.
Nicky Renzi: Well, yeah, but when?
Perry Mason: In a few days, Nicky. A few days.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Torrid Tapestry (#4.23)" (1961)
Della Street: What do you know about art?
Paul Drake: Me? I don't even know what I like.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Unwelcome Bride (#5.14)" (1961)
[last lines]
Della Street: Maybe Greg was trying to make up for some of the things he'd done.
Sue Ellen Frazer: You needn't say that, Miss Street. There are some things that... just don't need any more explaining.
Walter Frazer: Thank you, Sue Ellen. Thank you.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Clumsy Clown (#4.7)" (1960)
[last lines]
Della Street: Now we're going to celebrate the beginning of a honeymoon you've never had. There you are.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Lucky Legs (#3.10)" (1959)
[last lines]
Marjorie Cluny: I wouldn't call that a guess, I'd call it a logical deduction.
Della Street: I see a great career ahead of you, Margy. As a diplomat.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Daring Decoy (#1.28)" (1958)
[last lines]
Della Street: He's about 33, isn't he? That's a good age for her, don't you think?
Perry Mason: What are you up to now, Miss Fix-it?
Della Street: Well, I just thought since they were both so interested in Cal-Texas, it would be a good time for a merger.
Perry Mason: [amused, exasperated] Oh, come on.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Waylaid Wolf (#4.16)" (1961)
[last lines]
Della Street: Comedy of errors.
Paul Drake: Uh, just errors, Della, no comedy. As Perry would say, murder is never funny.
Della Street: Okay, boss. Okay.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife (#1.26)" (1958)
Della Street: Are we going to Pinewood Lake?
Perry Mason: Not we, me.
Della Street: Wanna bet?


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Long-Legged Models (#1.33)" (1958)
[last lines]
[asking Perry about a blank check he received for services rendered]
Della Street: Want me to fill it in?


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Ill-Fated Faker (#4.3)" (1960)
[last lines]
Carl Gorman: But poor Betty, here, having to bear all the burden.
Della Street: Nonsense, Mr. Gorman. That's what secretaries are for, isn't it?
Perry Mason: Excuse me.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Runaway Corpse (#1.10)" (1957)
[last lines]
[Della has been struggling with trying to get a painting to hang straight]
Della Street: What's wrong with this picture, anyway?
Perry Mason: It's Beckmeyer's influence, Della. Just a case of a slightly crooked frame.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Sardonic Sergeant (#2.4)" (1958)
[last lines]
Paul Drake: I suppose so. Well, I'd better shove off. I don't want to keep the little lady waiting.
Perry Mason: What's the matter, Paul? Your money burning a hole in your pocket?
[Paul pulls out some money that has been burnt]
Della Street: Where did you get that?
Paul Drake: Don't worry. It isn't Corregidor money. I put a cigarette down on my money clip this morning. So, I figured it was just the thing to spend on a hot date.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Substitute Face (#1.32)" (1958)
[last lines]
Perry Mason: And just in case your interested, Della...
Della Street: Mm-hmm.
Perry Mason: ...it floored me, too.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece (#1.2)" (1957)
[last lines]
Perry Mason: Nice people.
Della Street: Mm-hm. They deserve a wonderful honeymoon.
Perry Mason: I hope he doesn't walk in his sleep.
Della Street: After waiting 15 years?


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Restless Redhead (#1.1)" (1957)
[last lines]
Perry Mason: [to Evelyn Bagby] He wanted you to have some compensation for that trouble in Riverside. And then too, you have red hair.
Della Street: What does that have to do with it?
Perry Mason: Well, Helene Chaney has red hair. He must be partial to redheads.
Della Street: [chuckles] Oh.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (#2.20)" (1959)
Della Street: He's a nice fellow. He has all the finer instincts of a scorpion.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Crooked Candle (#1.11)" (1957)
[last lines]
Della Street: And if you can't help her recapture her past?
Paul Drake: Well, the, uh... least I can do is, uh, brighten up her future.
[Perry hands Paul the money he asked for]
Paul Drake: Thank you.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Deadly Toy (#2.27)" (1959)
Della Street: [to Paul Drake] Hi, beautiful. Where have you been?


"Perry Mason: The Case of the One-Eyed Witness (#1.23)" (1958)
[last lines]
Perry Mason: Where do you want to go?
Della Street: Ferrold's Cafe.
Perry Mason: Why there?
Della Street: Well, there's something that still puzzles me in this case.
Perry Mason: Mmm-hmm?
Della Street: What could they possible put in a cup of coffee to make it worth a dollar?
Perry Mason: No more questions, please.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Irate Inventor (#3.25)" (1960)
[last lines]
Della Street: Well, it may be all over for all of you, but it's certainly no over for me.
Perry Mason: Oh, what's unfinished as far as you're concerned, Della?
Della Street: A little matter of my 40 percent in the company.
Robert Hayden: That's right you own it.
Della Street: Uh-huh. Of course, I don't mean to be mercenary. I'll gladly give up my interest for the purchase price.
Robert Hayden: Well, how much?
Della Street: One dollar. Just exactly what I paid for it. That's the least I can expect if I'm going to give up the idea of being rich.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Drowning Duck (#1.4)" (1957)
[last lines]
Marv Adams: I only saw the whole town turn against me overnight.
Perry Mason: Did you, Marv? Helen's part of the town.
Della Street: [to Marv] Well, don't just stand there. Do something.
[Marv kisses Helen]


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Ominous Outcast (#3.24)" (1960)
[last lines]
Bob Lansing: You know, after all is said and done, My father was still what he was.
Della Street: He did try to take care of you, Bob.
Bob Lansing: Yeah, I guess so. Doesn't seem to matter much.
Perry Mason: Doesn't matter at all, Bob, because you are what you are.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Bedeviled Doctor (#2.22)" (1959)
[last lines]
Della Street: I don't know a secretary who would go to bat like that for her boss.
Perry Mason: I don't either. Shall we?


The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
[last lines]
Della Street: [to Perry] You're so wonderful. If only you couldn't cook.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Surplus Suitor (#6.19)" (1963)
Hamilton Burger: Well Miss Street, having you here just as a witness for the prosecution is a rare experience for both of us
Della Street: I'll try not to be hostile, Mr. Burger.
Hamilton Burger: Well... That would be a rare experience too.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Fancy Figures (#2.10)" (1958)
[last lines]
Della Street: That's your trouble, Paul. You're a cynic. You keep looking for things that just aren't there.
Paul Drake: Is that what you call a cynic?
Della Street: Mm-hm.
Perry Mason: Of course, when a man looks for things that aren't there and finds them... then we call him a detective. Here.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Calendar Girl (#2.24)" (1959)
[last lines]
Della Street: The way I see it, Dawn Manning got by by the skin of her teeth.
Paul Drake: [looking at a photo Dawn] The way I see it, there's more skin than teeth.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister (#1.21)" (1958)
[last lines]
[as Perry is about to leave to catch a much delayed plane to London, Della brings Harriet in to see him]
Harriet Bain: I wanted to say thank you, personally Mr. Mason, before I left town.
Perry Mason: You going away?
Della Street: Yes. Harriet's taking a vacation in Europe.
Harriet Bain: And my plane leaves in an hour.
Paul Drake: Taking the polar route to London, by any chance?
Harriet Bain: Why, yes. Della managed to get me a seat on the plane.
Perry Mason: [chuckles] What a remarkable coincidence. Well, Miss Machiavelli?
Della Street: Well, with this new hairdo and new outfit, a girl needs an escort. I just couldn't think of a better one for the trip.
Perry Mason: [to Paul] After you.
Perry Mason: [to Harriet and Della, offering his arms] Shall we?


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Missing Melody (#5.3)" (1961)
[first lines]
Perry Mason: Hello, Mr. Courtland.
Templeton Courtland: Afternoon, Perry; Miss Street.
Della Street: Aren't you lucky to have such a beautiful day for your daughter's wedding?
Templeton Courtland: Perhaps.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Romantic Rogue (#2.17)" (1959)
[last lines]
Paul Drake: Well... I still say you were lucky that that option bit paid off.
Della Street: How can you say that, Paul? That was skill. Now, if Perry had been lucky, he would have found uranium.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Deadly Double (#1.24)" (1958)
[last lines]
Della Street: Well, if she, uh, remains Helen Reed all the time, she'd still be allergic to fur. You do know what that means to a woman?


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Shattered Dream (#2.12)" (1959)
[last lines]
Della Street: Well, you won't make expenses on this case, Perry, but... it's dividends like that that make it all worth while.


The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937)
Perry Mason: Uh, remind me to give me a raise in the morning.
Della Street: I'll remember to forget that.


The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
Della Street: I'm afraid you're on pretty thin ice, Mr. Mason.
Perry Mason: Will you skate with me? I haven't fallen through yet.
Della Street: It's dangerous.
Perry Mason: Will you take a chance?
Della Street: You know I will.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde (#1.37)" (1958)
[last lines]
Perry Mason: Well, let's put it this way, Della. Mr. Bartlett has a new lease on life, Bobby has a home and all the love he'll ever need. Can you give me one good reason we should destroy all that?
Della Street: I can't even give you a bad one.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Wintry Wife (#4.17)" (1961)
[last lines]
Della Street: He figured she'd be a pretty good alibi for him, of course.
Paul Drake: That's right. It's all pretty obvious.
Della Street: Well, anyway, it's all pretty obvious now.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Sun Bather's Diary (#1.17)" (1958)
[first lines]
Della Street: Ever hear the story of the little girl who has nothing to wear? She wants to talk to you.
Perry Mason: Heh. All right, Della, I give up.
Della Street: No joke. She lives in a trailer, and somebody stole it. Trailer hitch and all, along with everything she owns.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Howling Dog (#2.23)" (1959)
[last lines]
Della Street: [referring to a dog] Well... what do we do with him?
Paul Drake: Just stay away from him. He's a killer.
[the dog starts licking Paul's face]


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Blushing Pearls (#3.4)" (1959)
[last lines]
Paul Drake: You know, Perry, I'm surprised they haven't come for you.
Perry Mason: Who?
Paul Drake: Police. I was sure Burger would have done something about that arson business.
Della Street: Oh, he did do something. This arrived in the morning mail.
Perry Mason: [Perry opens the letter and reads the contents] Heh!
Paul Drake: What is it?
Perry Mason: A citation for burning trash without a permit.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Prodigal Parent (#1.36)" (1958)
[last lines]
Paul Drake: She is a regular Miss Know-It-All. Is there anything you don't know?
Della Street: Yes. Which one of you handsome gentlemen is going to take me to lunch.
Perry Mason: Oh, may I?
Della Street: Thank you.
Paul Drake: Yeah, what about me?
Perry Mason: Sorry, you're not my type. You'll have to buy your own lunch.
[pause]
Perry Mason: Come on.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Last Act (#2.21)" (1959)
[last lines]
Paul Drake: Della.
Della Street: Hmm?
Paul Drake: You were kidding about flaming hamburgers on a sword?
Della Street: No, I wasn't.
Lt. Tragg: Perry... you take the hamburger. I'll eat the sword.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Watery Witness (#3.2)" (1959)
[last lines]
Della Street: Well, I hadn't thought so, but maybe we do know the rest.
[Paul and Perry turn to see that Della is referring to the Clark's being affectionate in a rowboat on the lake]
Perry Mason: At least we know the world keeps turning. Hm?


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Left-Handed Liar (#5.11)" (1961)
[last lines]
[Paul sits on the 'electric camel' exercise equipment]
Paul Drake: Hey, uh, how do you suppose you start this thing?
Della Street: I'm ambidextrous. Allow me.
Paul Drake: Hey... Hey, Della, turn it off! Perr... Somebody turn this thing off!
Perry Mason: Shall we?
Paul Drake: [as Perry and the others are leaving] Help! Della, Perry, come back!
[to himself]
Paul Drake: Ah, well, Paint, old sport, I guess it's you and me. Et tu.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Tarnished Trademark (#5.18)" (1962)
[last lines]
Della Street: Ah. Such a pity.
Perry Mason: Hm?
Della Street: Oh, that a man like that should have to wait all those years to get married. Don't you agree?
Perry Mason: You've been my legal secretary long enough to know that that's a leading question.
[referring to luggage]
Perry Mason: Here. You take that one.
Della Street: Uh...


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Dangerous Dowager (#2.26)" (1959)
[last lines]
Paul Drake: That wheel is fixed.
Della Street: [chuckles] Another game, pigeon?


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Garrulous Gambler (#3.3)" (1959)
[last lines]
Della Street: [as a clock bell starts to chime for midnight] Just once, do you suppose we could get out of here before midnight?
Perry Mason: Let's go, Cinderella. We'd better hurry.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Lonely Heiress (#1.20)" (1958)
[last lines]
Della Street: It's exactly twenty minutes after ten, and I haven't eaten since noon. Now, which of you two handsome gentlemen is going to take me to dinner?
Paul Drake: Uh, just a minute.
[Paul gets a coin from his pocket]
Paul Drake: Call it, Perry.
Perry Mason: [as Paul flips the coin] Uh, heads.
[all watch as it lands on it side by leaning against a chair leg]
Paul Drake: Well, we both win.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Hesitant Hostess (#1.29)" (1958)
[last lines]
Della Street: Just what do you know about business colleges?
Paul Drake: Are you kidding? I used to teach at one of the finest.
Perry Mason: Mm-hmm. Paul was a track coach. They figured any girl he couldn't catch in three laps around the desk was, uh, ready for the business world.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Brazen Bequest (#5.12)" (1961)
[last lines]
Della Street: I knew he didn't do that.
Perry Mason: How?
Della Street: Well, Mrs. Cromwell told me. She said that... Well, she just convinced me that her husband couldn't have done such a thing.
Perry Mason: There you are. No logic, but it...
Perry Mason, Paul Drake: [together] ... confirms your faith in women.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Daughter (#1.27)" (1958)
[last lines]
Della Street: After all, every woman's entitled to at least one secret.
Perry Mason: [chuckles] What's yours?
Della Street: You'll never know.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Crimson Kiss (#1.8)" (1957)
[last lines]
[after Perry has been kissed on the cheek by Fay]
Della Street: You're a little smeared, Mr. Mason.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Spanish Cross (#2.28)" (1959)
[last lines]
Perry Mason: Now, Jim, don't you be a stranger.
Jimmy Morrow: Oh, I won't.
[leaves Perry's office]
Della Street: Quite a boy.
Perry Mason: Quite a man.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Credulous Quarry (#4.2)" (1960)
[last lines]
Della Street: You've tampered with my digestion and obstructed my feeding procedure for quite some time.
Perry Mason: I plead guilty. What's the fine?
Della Street: One dinner.
Perry Mason: Mmm...
Della Street: Payable now.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Flighty Father (#3.26)" (1960)
[last lines]
Trudy Holbrook: Anyway, everybody can't be perfect like Mr. Mason is.
Jay Holbrook #1: Goodbye, sir, and thank you.
[to Della]
Jay Holbrook #1: Goodbye.
Della Street: Goodbye.
[to Perry]
Della Street: Perfect, Hm?
Perry Mason: That's what I keep telling you.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom (#2.29)" (1959)
[last lines]
Perry Mason: Oh, but I had an ulterior purpose in trying to find her.
Della Street: Oh?
Perry Mason: I was intrigued when Mr. Garvin said there was another Della Street. I thought you were the only one in the world.


"Perry Mason: The Case of the Nimble Nephew (#3.21)" (1960)
[last lines]
Della Street: I understand Harry asked you for another loan.
Adam Thompson: Yes. Honeymoon money. I gave it to him this time.


The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)
Della Street: [Sarcastically after Spudsy inadvertently sets fire to Perry's fee] Well, Spudsy, I've always wanted to light a cigarette with a thousand-dollar bill.