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Director:
Writers:
Tom Reed (screenplay)
Erle Stanley Gardner (story)
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Release Date:
15 August 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Perry marries Della but a beautiful woman interrupts their honeymoon night and demands Perry take her case at gunpoint. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
Studio Defends "Perry Mason"
 (From SneakPeek. 19 November 2013, 9:05 PM, PST)

Downey Makes His Case For "Perry Mason"
 (From SneakPeek. 18 March 2013, 6:39 AM, PDT)

Downey Jr. Courts "Perry Mason"
 (From SneakPeek. 6 October 2011, 5:02 AM, PDT)

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Hear that sound? It's Erle Stanley Gardner turning in his grave See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Warren William ... Perry Mason
Claire Dodd ... Della Street
Wini Shaw ... Eva Belter (as Winifred Shaw)
Bill Elliott ... Carl Griffin (as Gordon Elliott)
Joe King ... George C. Belter (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ... Frank Locke
Eddie Acuff ... Spudsy Drake
Olin Howland ... Wilbur Strong
Dick Purcell ... Crandal
Kenneth Harlan ... Peter Milnor
Clara Blandick ... Judge Mary F. O'Daugherty
Ruth Robinson ... Mrs. Veite
Paula Stone ... Norma Veite
Robert Middlemass ... Police Sgt. Wilbur Hoffman
Stuart Holmes ... Digley
Carol Hughes ... Esther Linton
Eddie Shubert ... Detective Jones
Harry Semels ... A.G. 'Kicky' Kickopopolos
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Dilson ... Carl Atwood - Attorney (uncredited)
Don Downen ... Young Man in Locke's Office (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Second Bailiff (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Prospective Client in Taxi (uncredited)
John Marston ... District Attorney Burns (uncredited)

Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Reporter Tiny Brewster (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Officer Riley (uncredited)
Sam Rice ... Photographer (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... First Bailiff (uncredited)

Directed by
William Clemens 
 
Writing credits
Tom Reed (screenplay)

Erle Stanley Gardner (story)

Erle Stanley Gardner  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Saper 
 
Art Direction by
Esdras Hartley 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Drew Eberson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bryan Foy .... supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Warner Bros. (1936) (USA) (theatrical) (as Warner Bros.Pictures) (Inc.)
  • Teakwood Video (2004) (USA) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2012) (USA) (DVD) (DVD-R Included in Perry Mason: The Original Warner Bros. Movie Collection")
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Runtime:
63 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #2157)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Allen Jenkins, who had played Spudsy Drake in the second and third Perry Mason films, is replaced in this movie by Eddie Acuff.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Bill Elliott's character name is spelled "Carl Griffin" in the credits, but a newspaper report spells it "Carl Griffen".See more »
Quotes:
Perry Mason:Tell me who's the real owner of this blackmail rag and maybe we can make a trade.
Frank Locke, an alias of Cecil Dawson:Do you smoke it or take it in the arm? I'm the owner!
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Movie Connections:
References 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)See more »
Soundtrack:
You Left Me Everything But YouSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Hear that sound? It's Erle Stanley Gardner turning in his grave, 7 July 2009
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"The Case of the Velvet Claws," made in 1936, is a Perry Mason mystery that has Della and Perry as newlyweds starting off on their honeymoon. In the TV series, and even more in the TV movies later on, there was always that unspoken love between Della and Perry - and no one knew what went on after office hours. In real life, Erle Stanley Gardner married his secretary Jeanne right before he died, I suppose so she could inherit. So in some sense, the Perry-Della thing was modeled on his real life.

The two don't get to start their honeymoon because a woman (Wini Shaw) kidnaps Perry at gunpoint. She pays him $5000 to make sure a story about to be published in a tabloid about a politician doesn't come out - because it's about him and a woman, and she's the woman. Perry later finds out she's the wife of the owner of the paper! When the owner is found dead, Perry's own client blames him for the murder.

Warren William gives his usual lighthearted, devil my care performance. Even though his portrayal has nothing to do with Perry Mason, he's a riot. Instead of Paul Drake, he has some sort of an assistant named Spudsy Drake. The exotic-looking Winifred Shaw brings class and spark to her character. Who can forget her "Lullaby of Broadway" opening in "The Gold Diggers of 1935?" She had a very special quality. For some reason, her career died. Probably Warners failed to pick up her option in 1939. A shame.

I enjoy these films, but don't confuse them with Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason. He hated these movies.

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