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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
Release Date:
21 September 1957 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A master defense attorney handles difficult criminal cases for his accused clients. Full summary »
Awards:
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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(174 articles)
Western Director Andrew V. McLaglen Dies at 94
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Western Director Andrew V. McLaglen Dies at 94
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Brian G. Hutton 1935 - 2014
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 875)

Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason / ... (271 episodes, 1957-1966)

Barbara Hale ... Della Street (271 episodes, 1957-1966)

William Hopper ... Paul Drake / ... (271 episodes, 1957-1966)

Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg / ... (241 episodes, 1957-1965)

William Talman ... Hamilton Burger / ... (225 episodes, 1957-1966)
Lee Miller ... Sgt. Brice / ... (116 episodes, 1957-1966)
Don Anderson ... Courtroom Spectator / ... (113 episodes, 1957-1966)
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Series Directed by
Arthur Marks (76 episodes, 1958-1966)
Jesse Hibbs (43 episodes, 1962-1966)
William D. Russell (28 episodes, 1957-1960)
Christian Nyby (13 episodes, 1957-1962)
Laslo Benedek (9 episodes, 1958-1961)
Jerry Hopper (9 episodes, 1961-1966)
Andrew V. McLaglen (7 episodes, 1958-1960)
Bernard L. Kowalski (6 episodes, 1961)
Allen H. Miner (5 episodes, 1962-1963)
Harmon Jones (5 episodes, 1963-1966)
Irving J. Moore (5 episodes, 1963-1964)
Arthur Hiller (4 episodes, 1958-1960)
Gerd Oswald (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Richard Kinon (4 episodes, 1959-1965)
Francis D. Lyon (4 episodes, 1962)
Lewis Allen (3 episodes, 1958-1961)
Roger Kay (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Anton Leader (3 episodes, 1958)
Earl Bellamy (3 episodes, 1963)
Richard Donner (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ted Post (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Buzz Kulik (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Walter Grauman (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
William F. Claxton (2 episodes, 1960)
Gerald Mayer (2 episodes, 1960)
Robert Ellis Miller (2 episodes, 1960)
James Sheldon (2 episodes, 1960)
John English (2 episodes, 1961)
John Peyser (2 episodes, 1961)
Jack Arnold (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Vincent McEveety (2 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Writing credits
Erle Stanley Gardner (259 episodes, 1957-1966)
Samuel Newman (37 episodes, 1958-1965)
Jonathan Latimer (32 episodes, 1958-1965)
Jackson Gillis (31 episodes, 1959-1966)
Gene Wang (23 episodes, 1957-1959)
Robert C. Dennis (22 episodes, 1958-1965)
Seeleg Lester (20 episodes, 1958-1960)
Orville H. Hampton (15 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ernie Frankel (11 episodes, 1965-1966)
Milton Krims (8 episodes, 1959-1965)
Maurice Zimm (8 episodes, 1959-1963)
Robb White (7 episodes, 1961-1965)
Richard Grey (6 episodes, 1957-1961)
Sy Salkowitz (6 episodes, 1960-1965)
Al C. Ward (5 episodes, 1957-1959)
Sam Neuman (5 episodes, 1958-1964)
Robert Leslie Bellem (5 episodes, 1961-1964)
Francis M. Cockrell (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
Robert Bloomfield (4 episodes, 1958-1960)
Bob Mitchell (4 episodes, 1961-1964)
John Elliotte (4 episodes, 1964-1966)
William Bast (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Harold Swanton (3 episodes, 1957-1960)
Laurence Marks (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Donald S. Sanford (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Lawrence L. Goldman (3 episodes, 1959-1966)
Sol Stein (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Glenn P. Wolfe (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Adrian Gendot (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Philip Saltzman (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Marian B. Cockrell (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Stirling Silliphant (2 episodes, 1957)
Herman Epstein (2 episodes, 1958-1960)
Ben Brady (2 episodes, 1958)
Stanley Niss (2 episodes, 1958)
Michael Morris (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Helen Nielsen (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Esther Mitchell (2 episodes, 1962-1964)
True Boardman (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Arthur E. Orloff (2 episodes, 1963)
Mann Rubin (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Albert A. Vail (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Henry Farrell (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert E. Kent (2 episodes, 1966)

Series Produced by
Gail Patrick .... executive producer (271 episodes, 1957-1966)
Arthur Marks .... producer / associate producer (144 episodes, 1959-1966)
Art Seid .... producer (132 episodes, 1961-1966)
Jackson Gillis .... associate producer / producer (115 episodes, 1961-1965)
Ben Brady .... producer (64 episodes, 1957-1959)
Sam White .... associate producer (63 episodes, 1957-1959)
Seeleg Lester .... associate producer / producer (43 episodes, 1959-1961)
Herbert Hirschman .... producer (28 episodes, 1959-1960)
Robert Wechsler .... assistant producer (10 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Original Music by
Richard Shores (56 episodes, 1964-1966)
Russell Garcia (39 episodes, 1957-1958)
Van Cleave (7 episodes, 1962-1964)
Jerry Goldsmith (2 episodes, 1959)
René Garriguenc (2 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Cinematography by
Frank Redman (107 episodes, 1957-1964)
Robert G. Hager (63 episodes, 1961-1963)
John M. Nickolaus Jr. (56 episodes, 1964-1966)
Howard Schwartz (18 episodes, 1963-1964)
Philip H. Lathrop (2 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Film Editing by
Richard Cahoon (107 episodes, 1957-1966)
John Faure (55 episodes, 1959-1963)
Richard W. Farrell (33 episodes, 1957-1966)
Otto Meyer (22 episodes, 1957-1961)
Al Clark (12 episodes, 1963-1965)
George Hively (3 episodes, 1966)
Paul Weatherwax (2 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Casting by
Harvey Clermont (193 episodes, 1958-1966)
Marvin Schnall (15 episodes, 1958-1959)
 
Series Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber (249 episodes, 1957-1966)
Lyle R. Wheeler (60 episodes, 1957-1959)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Charles Vassar (158 episodes, 1957-1963)
Carl Biddiscombe (74 episodes, 1963-1966)
Walter M. Scott (59 episodes, 1957-1959)
Sandy Grace (9 episodes, 1963)
 
Series Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire (1 episode, 1960)
 
Series Makeup Department
Annabell .... hair stylist (247 episodes, 1957-1966)
Irving Pringle .... makeup artist (190 episodes, 1959-1966)
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (34 episodes, 1957-1958)
Dick Hamilton .... makeup artist (24 episodes, 1958-1959)
 
Series Production Management
J. Paul Popkin .... production supervisor (60 episodes, 1957-1959)
Dewey Starkey .... production supervisor (55 episodes, 1959-1961)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert G. Stone .... assistant director (111 episodes, 1958-1966)
Gordon A. Webb .... assistant director (69 episodes, 1961-1966)
Morris Harmell .... assistant director (39 episodes, 1958-1961)
Arthur Marks .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1957-1958)
Maxwell O. Henry .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1957-1958)
Wilbur McGaugh .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
 
Series Art Department
Ray Thompson .... properties / props / ... (251 episodes, 1957-1966)
 
Series Sound Department
Herman Lewis .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (188 episodes, 1959-1966)
Gene Eliot .... sound effects editor / sound editor (87 episodes, 1958-1961)
Robert O'Brien .... production sound mixer / re-recording mixer (26 episodes, 1958-1959)
Alfred Bruzlin .... recordist / production sound mixer / ... (17 episodes, 1957-1958)
Harry M. Leonard .... recording mixer / rerecording mixer / ... (17 episodes, 1957-1958)
Roy Meadows .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (13 episodes, 1959)
Eugene Irvine .... production sound mixer (4 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Dalzell .... first assistant camera (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Casting Department
Harvey Clermont .... casting (24 episodes, 1958-1965)
Marvin Schnall .... casting (3 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Evelyn Carruth .... wardrobe supervisor / costumes / ... (185 episodes, 1959-1966)
Edward McDermott .... wardrobe supervisor / costumes / ... (136 episodes, 1957-1965)
Dick James .... wardrobe supervisor / wardrobe supervision (61 episodes, 1957-1959)
W.T. Zacha .... wardrobe supervisor (42 episodes, 1959-1961)
Bob Wolfe .... wardrobe supervisor / wardrobe (29 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Editorial Department
Art Seid .... editorial supervisor / editorial supervision (61 episodes, 1957-1959)
 
Series Music Department
Fred Steiner .... composer: theme music (98 episodes, 1962-1966)
Gene Feldman .... music editor (55 episodes, 1959-1961)
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... music supervisor / conductor (25 episodes, 1964-1965)
Richard Shores .... conductor (10 episodes, 1964-1965)
Van Cleave .... conductor (7 episodes, 1962-1964)
Lud Gluskin .... conductor (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Other crew
Samuel Newman .... story consultant / script consultant (109 episodes, 1961-1965)
M.E.M. Gibsone .... script supervisor (74 episodes, 1959-1962)
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor (65 episodes, 1963-1966)
Gene Wang .... story consultant / story editor (57 episodes, 1957-1959)
Cosmo Genovese .... script supervisor (56 episodes, 1957-1964)
Art Seid .... assistant to producer (43 episodes, 1959-1961)
Alice Young .... story editor / script editor (30 episodes, 1958-1959)
Seeleg Lester .... story consultant / associate story consultant (30 episodes, 1959-1960)
William E. Orr .... script supervisor (29 episodes, 1958-1959)
Jackson Gillis .... story consultant (28 episodes, 1960-1961)
Ernie Frankel .... story consultant (28 episodes, 1965-1966)
Orville H. Hampton .... associate story consultant (28 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert Gary .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 1959-1962)
Gertrude Bank .... stand-in: Barbara Hale (6 episodes, 1957-1964)
George Rutter .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 1964-1965)
Hazel W. Hall .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 1965)
Lewis Jarrard .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1958)
 

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Runtime:
60 min | USA:60 min (271 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (DVD) (2008)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Perry Mason didn't win every case. In fact, at least three decisions went against him. "The Case of the Witless Witness" begins with a judgment being handed down against Perry at the very beginning. This in fact was his only loss ever that was not reversed. The other two losses, were overturned. In "The Case of the Terrified Typist," a jury returns a guilty verdict against Perry's client, giving Hamilton Burger goose bumps thinking he'd finally beaten Mason. But alas, Perry is still able to clear the defendant. Perry's most famous "loss" occurred in "The Case of the Deadly Verdict." The show uncharacteristically opens in the courtroom. A decision is being handed down. Perry's client is found guilty of murdering her aunt for money. To pump up interest in this particular case, which ran in October 1963, teasers were released to the press that in September, the official beginning of the 1963-64 season, Will Perry lose his biggest case ever. It also pointed out that the big question was, can "Perry and his client . . . reverse the circumstances just before the final commercial" They did.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Harry + Max (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Park Avenue BeatSee more »

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40 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
The granddaddy of all lawyer shows......, 28 April 2003
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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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