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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 »
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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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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)
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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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63 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #2157)

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Trivia:
The Shakespearean quote recited by Warren William is from the "Tomorrow" speech in "Macbeth."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:Down South is a thousand miles as the crow flies, but I'm no crow.See more »
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Soundtrack:
You Left Me Everything But YouSee more »

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Perry and Della tie the knot, 10 October 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

As it turned out I happened to see the TV version that Raymond Burr did on his hour long Perry Mason show. Spoiled it a bit because I knew who did the deed. Still seeing the same story done by another actor as Mason was interesting. And was it ever different.

This one started with Warren William as Mason and Claire Dodd as Della Street invading Judge Clara Blandick's chambers and demanding to be married. The barest hint of a romance was present on the Mason television shows. But off Della and Perry go to the apartment and then the plan is for a honeymoon lodge in the country.

All that gets interrupted by Wini Shaw toting a gun and demanding to retain Warren William in a blackmail scheme against the publisher of a Confidential type magazine called Spicy Bits. What she doesn't tell him is that her husband is the secret owner of the rag and she's been stepping out on him with a candidate for office.

In a confrontation Shaw actually believes she shot her husband, but as in television Perry Mason defends no guilty clients. That's a parameter not broken. And if you watched the series you know who did the crime.

What was fascinating to me in The Case Of The Velvet Claws was how Paul Drake's character was changed from a professional well dressed William Hopper who owned his own agency to Eddie Acuff, a rather seedy looking retainer who even got into a drag to tail someone.

The Case Of The Red Velvet Claws has some nice sparkling urban Warner Brothers type dialog handled with aplomb by William. That was a guy who did all kinds of series, Perry Mason, Philo Vance, and Michael Lanyard The Lone Wolf. And all sounded as urbane and sophisticated as Warren William was in real life.

Definitely for fans of Warren William if not Erle Stanley Gardner's sleuth with a law degree.

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