The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.
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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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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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Trivia

Due to illness, Ray Collins only appeared in a few episodes after the 1960 season. Collins had contracted emphysema brought on by years of smoking and he also was beginning to forget his lines and it was because of this he was forced to leave in the middle of the seventh season. Despite the fact that Collins was no longer on the show it was decided to keep Collins' name in the credits not only to help keep his spirits up, but to allow him to keep getting medical benefits from the actors union. Sadly, Collins died in July 1965 just prior to the start of the show's final season. 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 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: The Loan (1957) 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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