The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.
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 Lt. Tragg / ... 241 episodes, 1957-1965
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 Courtroom Spectator / ... 128 episodes, 1957-1966
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 Sgt. Brice / ... 119 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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Trivia

For Perry Mason: The Case of the Bountiful Beauty (1964) and Perry Mason: The Case of the Fanciful Frail (1966), Perry Mason's office phone number was shown in a screen shot--phone book as Madison 5-1190. In Perry Mason: The Case of the Bullied Bowler (1964), Joe gives Paul the number: 271-2199. Paul repeats the number into the car phone, then exclaims "That's Perry's number!" 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 Gilligan's Island: Gilligan vs. Gilligan (1966) See more »

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Park Avenue Beat
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Written by Fred Steiner
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Will Never Be Equaled
1 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I guess I'm dating myself, but I used to watch "Perry Mason" back in the 1960s and when I compare it to today's shows, nothing else even comes close. This series had it all:

--Established actors who were perfect for their roles; --A galaxy of 1950s-60s guest stars, all old pros; --Stunning B&W cinematography; --Crisp direction, no matter who was at the helm; --Literate,intelligent scripts that made the viewers think; --A great sense of humor; --Professional music scores; and above all --A show that had respect for its audience!

I won't go into how perfect Burr, Talman, Collins, Hopper, Hale, et al were for their roles, it's all been said before.

After the story line was established, the courtroom drama took over, leading to the usual twist ending that kept the audience guessing until the last minute. The difference between "Perry Mason" and today's shows is that you actually had to pay attention to the story and anticipate what might happen. This series was true classic that will never be equaled, because television no longer respects its audience's intelligence and now relies on laugh tracks and silly dialogue. Catch it if you want to exercise your mind--skip it if you prefer to watch reruns of rubbish like "Charlie's Angels" or "Three's Company".


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