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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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COMPACT, CLASSY, AND A WINNER..... 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 (260 episodes, 1957-1966)
Samuel Newman (36 episodes, 1961-1965)
Jonathan Latimer (32 episodes, 1958-1965)
Jackson Gillis (31 episodes, 1959-1966)
Gene Wang (22 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)
Sam Neuman (6 episodes, 1958-1964)
Sy Salkowitz (6 episodes, 1960-1965)
Al C. Ward (5 episodes, 1957-1959)
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)
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:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (DVD) (2008)

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Trivia:
On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. On the stamp honoring "Perry Mason" is a picture of William Talman, as district attorney Hamilton Burger, standing over a seated Raymond Burr, as Perry Mason, in a courtroom. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952), "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955), "The Dinah Shore Show" (1951), "Dragnet" (1951), "The Ed Sullivan Show" (originally titled "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948)), "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" (1950), "Hopalong Cassidy" (1952), "The Honeymooners" (1955), "The Howdy Doody Show" (original title: "The Howdy Doody Show" (1947)), "I Love Lucy" (1951), "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" (1947), "Lassie" (1954), "The Lone Ranger" (1949), "The Phil Silvers Show" (1955), "The Red Skelton Hour" (1951), "Texaco Star Theater" (titled "Texaco Star Theatre" (1948), 1954-1956), The Tonight Show (which began as "Tonight!" (1953)), "Twilight Zone" (1959), and "You Bet Your Life" (1950).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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Park Avenue BeatSee more »

FAQ

Was there a board game based on this series?
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38 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
COMPACT, CLASSY, AND A WINNER....., 30 June 1999
Author: gary renfield (gary_renfield@email.com) from NEW JERSEY, USA

Perry Mason is one of the finest shows (courtroom or otherwise) that was ever made. A memorable cast, great scripts, and always a surprise in the courtroom. I watched the shows for years and years in re-runs. Being blessed with a poor memory, I could usually be depended on to forget the final outcome of the trials. There were quite a few shows and guest starts to keep track of. One "highlight" of my life was to get onto a murder trial jury myself during some of my more intense Perry Mason years.

The thing that separated 'Perry' from other shows was it's compactness. It was all story. Personal relationships were hinted at, but took up little time on the screen. If some errand needed to be run, Paul Drake (the detective) would appear with the information in the next scene. Nor car chases, no fistfights, and no love interest in every episode. JUST STORY. I've heard this is one reason Raymond Burr gave up the show. The show was so dependant on him in just about every scene that he had to live on the studio lot in a trailer during filming (and that was most of the year).

In contrast, later 'Perry Mason' attempts HAD the aforementioned elements. There were car chases, fist fights, and Paul Drake Jr. was allowed much screen time for these and to win over the girl too. We got to see all the painstaking effort to get the information his dad just seemed to pull out of the air.

It was good to see Perry back, and I did watch. The 'newer' shows paled by comparison to the all-time classic original. But, it's tough for anything to live up to our memories.....

PS- I even sang along to the very recognize-able theme with lyrics of my own.......

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