A master defense attorney handles difficult criminal cases for his accused clients.
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 Perry Mason / ... (271 episodes, 1957-1966)
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 Della Street (271 episodes, 1957-1966)
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 Paul Drake (271 episodes, 1957-1966)
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 Lt. Tragg / ... (241 episodes, 1957-1965)
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 Hamilton Burger / ... (225 episodes, 1957-1966)
Don Anderson ...
 Courtroom Spectator / ... (120 episodes, 1957-1966)
Lee Miller ...
 Sgt. Brice / ... (117 episodes, 1957-1966)
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Perry Mason is an attorney who specializes in defending seemingly indefensible cases. With the aid of his secretary Della Street and investigator Paul Drake, he often finds that by digging deeply into the facts, startling facts can be revealed. Often relying on his outstanding courtroom skills, he often tricks or traps people into unwittingly admitting their guilt. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Perry Mason didn't win every case. In fact, at least three decisions went against him. "The Case of the Witless Witness" begins with a judgment being handed down against Perry at the very beginning. This in fact was his only loss ever that was not reversed. The other two losses, were overturned. In "The Case of the Terrified Typist," a jury returns a guilty verdict against Perry's client, giving Hamilton Burger goose bumps thinking he'd finally beaten Mason. But alas, Perry is still able to clear the defendant. Perry's most famous "loss" occurred in "The Case of the Deadly Verdict." The show uncharacteristically opens in the courtroom. A decision is being handed down. Perry's client is found guilty of murdering her aunt for money. To pump up interest in this particular case, which ran in October 1963, teasers were released to the press that in September, the official beginning of the 1963-64 season, Will Perry lose his biggest case ever. It also pointed out that the big question was, can "Perry and his client . . . reverse the circumstances just before the final commercial" They did. See more »

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In "Case of the Grinning Gorilla", you can see the flesh underneath the eyes of the actor portraying the gorilla, especially in the close-ups. See more »

Quotes

Della Street: [a simple question] What do you know about art?
Paul Drake: [astonished] Me? I don't even know what I like!
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Referenced in Omen IV: The Awakening (1991) See more »

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Park Avenue Beat
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Written by Fred Steiner
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Accept No Imitations
17 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One can tell the timeless longevity of a television series by the condition if it's still playing on TV. "Perry Mason" (1957-1966) is! It followed a tried-and-true formula: the first half-hour the situation is developed, then there's a murder. The second half-hour is filled with courtroom dramatics, to find the killer. But this is considerably heightened by a moody musical score, shadowy, gripping B&W photography, incisive scripts, magnificent guest stars (many who appeared multiple times), and lastly the brilliant ensemble cast headed by Raymond Burr, with Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman and others. The series was re-done (poorly) in 1973, the more recent 2 hour TV movies were padded and don't hold up to repeated viewings. Voted the top dramatic series by TV Guide, it just does not get any better. Case closed.


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