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Director:
Writers:
Tom Reed (screenplay)
Erle Stanley Gardner (novel)
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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 »
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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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Clever mystery has plenty of laughs but does not skimp on plot See more (13 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 (novel)

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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #2157)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Alma Lloyd in the role of Helen Berkely and William B. Davidson are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but neither appears in the movie.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:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
You Left Me Everything But YouSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Clever mystery has plenty of laughs but does not skimp on plot, 1 October 2014
Author: csteidler from Minnesota

Perry Mason and Della Street burst into the courtroom, a noisy crowd at their heels. Boldly interrupting proceedings, Mason announces that he wants the judge to marry him and Della immediately. They're going on a honeymoon then he's giving up his criminal law career: "I have promised Della to become a sober filer of briefs." –Alas, when they get back to his apartment, there's a woman hiding in the bedroom with a gun, and the honeymoon is off.

A good balance between humor and suspense keeps this picture zipping along. Warren William dominates proceedings from start to finish in a flamboyant performance that is alternately silly and clever.

Of course there's a murder, and the strong plot has the murder victim's wife—who may be guilty herself—accusing Mason of the crime, forcing him to hide out in a hotel and rely on assistant Spudsy Drake to do research and legwork. Eddie Acuff is more comical than serious as Spudsy; he and Claire Dodd (as Della) are both very good.

A rather wild climactic gathering-of-the-suspects has Mason passing around kleenexes—over the course of the picture, just about everybody has caught his cold!

Great fun.

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