The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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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)
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 Courtroom Spectator / ... (128 episodes, 1957-1966)
Lee Miller ...
 Sgt. Brice / ... (119 episodes, 1957-1966)

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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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21 September 1957 (USA)  »

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(Episode 9.21)|

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Even though for most of its run the show was filmed in black and white, there was one episode that was filmed in color, Perry Mason: The Case of the Twice Told Twist (1966). It was only shown the final season and wasn't syndicated with the rest of the package for over 20 years. See more »

Goofs

In the episode "Case of the Crying Comedian", actress Sue Ane Langdon is seen sitting at the bar, then she comes down the stairs and moments later is seen sitting at the bar again. See more »

Quotes

Hamilton Burger: Incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial!
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Connections

Referenced in Wake in Fright (1971) See more »

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Park Avenue Beat
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Written by Fred Steiner
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Arguably, the greatest TV drama ever
13 August 2002 | by (St. Paul, MN USA) – See all my reviews

Everything about this series was perfect, from the acting, to the scripts, to the directing, and even to the fact that black and white was used even after the advent of color. Of course, Raymond Burr WAS Perry Mason, just about the world's greatest defense attorney, who stops at NOTHING in his search for the truth. The supporting cast was also excellent, and the guest stars, unlike in so many other series, were always of a high calibre. Some might say that the scripts were a bit formulaic, but within the basic format, over the 10 year run of the series there was infinite variety in the details of each show, with enough unexpected plot twists to constantly keep any audience guessing. The atmosphere was perfect: black and white lent a mysterious, almost gothic feeling to the episodes, which at the same time was beautifully contrasted with Perry Mason's ice cold reasoning and razor sharp sense of right and wrong. There are so many other things I could say about this series; perhaps it is best left at saying that this is the one, the only court drama, probably the best TV drama in general, and definitely one of the ten greatest series of all time.


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