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 / ... (118 episodes, 1957-1966)
Lee Miller ...
 Sgt. Brice / ... (116 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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Due to illness, Ray Collins only appeared in a few episodes after the 1960 season. In fact, when Collins was forced to leave after his emphysema had gotten worse, it was decided by the producers as well as Raymond Burr to keep his name on the credits as their way of letting him know that he still had a job in case he got better. Unfortunately, he died before he ever had a chance to return to the show. 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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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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