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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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Western Director Andrew V. McLaglen Dies at 94
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Engaging Narratives, About Characters and Courtroom Battles; a Classic See more (43 total) »

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 author Erle Stanley Gardner appeared in the final episode, "The Case of the Final Fade Out" uncredited as the second judge.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
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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33 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Engaging Narratives, About Characters and Courtroom Battles; a Classic, 6 September 2005
Author: silverscreen888

The "Perry Mason" character, as developed by Erle Stanley Gardner in the early 1930s, was a "fighter", in the author's words; like Gardner himself, a successful and ingenious lawyer, the fictional lawyer-detective enjoyed seeking out the truth in the field--whether he was finding a body, bending a law in order to fight for his client or testing an hypothesis--as much as he enjoyed arguing a case within the arena of a courtroom. Immensely popular from the beginning, the character was never changed by Gardner. And although the series on television was subtly altered in many ways, and enjoyed format alterations, I assert that nothing essential was ever altered about Mason nor his main "foils". At the beginning, the cast consisted of Raymond Burr as Mason, William Hopper as his detective pal Paul Drake, pretty Barbara Hale as his right-hand girl and secretary Della Street, William Talman as Hamilton Burger his chief courtroom enemy, and Ray Collins as Lt. Arthur Tragg of Homicide. Cases began in many different ways; chiefly with a future accused murderer being victimized by someone else, or with a client coming to ask Mason's help. Had the show's writers found a way to state a categorical purpose for Mason to explain why he was taking each case, the fine power of these dramatic stories could have been increased. But the chief quality of the interesting narratives I suggest was rather, usually, watching Mason trying many ways to find out the truth about what had been done in some situation in order to prove the innocence of his client of a murder; that, plus the many characters who people over 250 separate episodes. Many fine writers and directors created stories for "Perry Mason"; some episodes were adaptations of Mason novels. And with Gardner working closely with executive producer Gail Patrick Jackson, the original entries were held strictly and successfully to the author's conception of the character. Talents as famous as Jack Arnold, Earl Bellamy, László Benedek, script consultant Arthur Marks, Arthur Hiller, Ted Post, Vincent Mceveety, Robert Sparr, Gerd Oswald, Andrew Mclaglen and Christian Nyby were in charge of the "Mason" cameras; writers for the series included True Boardman, Robert C. Dennis, John Elliotte, Jackson Gillis, Laurence Louis Goldman, Seeleg Lester, Orville H, Hampton, Laurence Marks, Bob and Esther Mitchell Jonathan Latimer, Samuel Newman, Helen Nielsen, Mann Rubin, Sy Salkowitz, Stirling Silliphant, Barry Trivers, Al C. Ward, Maurice Zimm and Gene Wang, among others. Mason employed a young lawyer, played by Karl Held, for one season; Richard Anderson, Wesley Lau, Dan Tobin and Lee Miller were regulars for varying lengths of time. But the glory of the series, i assert, was its guest stars. Apart from younger actors chosen for their looks, almost every other part was well-cast and the enactors successful in creating a character. The producers also used only about ten judges, notably S. John Launder, Willis Bouchey, John Gallaudet, Kenneth Macdonald and one female jurist. But the courtrooms in which Mason appeared ranged all over the state of California, from a military tribunal to small town courts to the great Los Angeles arena. Almost as numerous were the sites where Mason and Drake discovered clues, bodies and trouble; because Mason was a fighting man at heart, his favorite ploy was to plant false evidence to force overworked police to investigate some aspect of the case, to meet with someone in order to goad them into revealing something and to dispatch Drake or other operatives to expand his power of search and investigation. For me as a writer and viewer, the fun lay not so much in solving the crime along with Mason--although guessing the murderer's identity was enjoyable--but in watching the fine actors hired to don hats (as devices of characterization) and to take part in an interesting ethical exercise. Mason's ingenuity and lack of pretension endeared him to me, and to millions of viewers. Fine composers such as Jerry Goldsmith and Fred Steiner, who created the show's them, worked for the producers; and the cinematography and lighting was always above average for B/W television. But guest stars such as Keith Andes, Walter Pigeon, Whitney Blake, Pippa Scott, Cecil Kellaway, Gail Kobe, Paul Cavanagh, Benson Fong, Stacy Graham, Douglas Kennedy and Vaughn Taylor at last were who kept me, and other viewers, coming back every week. This is a most watchable narrative program; one-of-a-kind and still very enjoyable.

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