Perry Mason (1957–1966)

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A master defense attorney handles difficult criminal cases for his accused clients.

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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 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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 Sgt. Brice / ... (116 episodes, 1957-1966)
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 Courtroom Spectator / ... (114 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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The auto sponsorship for the 1957 swaps back and forth between GM and Ford, almost every other episode. Mason drives a Ford Skyliner, then in the next episode, it's a black Cadillac convertible. Paul Drakes car varies between a Corvette and Thunderbird. Tragg drives a '57 Buick sedan, then a Mercury. 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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The granddaddy of all lawyer shows......
28 April 2003 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt,the series "Perry Mason" was the granddaddy of all lawyer shows and even after 40 years since its debut it is still highly watchably and still highly rated as one of the top courtroom drama shows of all time. Raymond Burr was a true genius as the lawyer who would go to any length to protect his cilents from a certain fate and he always had a detective sense to find out who was the killer or who was trying to blackmail someone. Perry Mason was part lawyer/part detective/part sleuth. The show was based on the books about the character by Earl Stanley Gardner and for the astounding nine seasons that it ran on CBS-TV (1957-1966),it still holds up today. Even some college law professors used some of the episodes as teaching material as a learning technique for up and coming lawyers.

As for the rest of the show,the formula was very simple:(1)The first half of the show tells the story of the events leading up to the murder and the preliminary investigation of the crime and the facts leading up to the case in question and clues of where and what may have occurred. (2)The second half dealt with the subsequent trial,where Mason exposes the truth in the courtroom.

Sometimes the plots were very complex at times,but mostly were written with style and class and it is the only show where the writers treated the viewer with intelligence. The actors were very good especially within certain scenes where Mason has a battle of wits with District Attorney Burger. However it was done with style and had stunning black and white photography to make it more interesting. However,out of all the episodes their was one episode that was shown in color(and it hasn't been seen since TBS shown it during the 90's) where brought out more of the characters and more of the courtroom setting as well. As far as the show is concern,it is a milestone in the history of television. Catch some of the episodes on the Hallmark channel.


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