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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
Release Date:
21 September 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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
 (From Variety - TV News. 3 September 2014, 10:33 AM, PDT)

Western Director Andrew V. McLaglen Dies at 94
 (From Variety - Film News. 3 September 2014, 10:33 AM, PDT)

Brian G. Hutton 1935 - 2014
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Arguably, the greatest TV drama ever 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Perry Mason utilized three studios during its decade-long production schedule. The early seasons were shot at the old William Fox Studios, which 20th Century Fox used as their television production branch. The Fox Studio closed in the early sixties and the series moved to General Service studios for a time before moving to the old Chaplin Studios for the remainder of the series. The studio grounds can be spotted throughout the series.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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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Was there a board game based on this series?
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28 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Arguably, the greatest TV drama ever, 13 August 2002
Author: Derek Martin Lee from St. Paul, MN USA

Everything about this series was perfect, from the acting, to the scripts, to the directing, and even to the fact that black and white was used even after the advent of color. Of course, Raymond Burr WAS Perry Mason, just about the world's greatest defense attorney, who stops at NOTHING in his search for the truth. The supporting cast was also excellent, and the guest stars, unlike in so many other series, were always of a high calibre. Some might say that the scripts were a bit formulaic, but within the basic format, over the 10 year run of the series there was infinite variety in the details of each show, with enough unexpected plot twists to constantly keep any audience guessing. The atmosphere was perfect: black and white lent a mysterious, almost gothic feeling to the episodes, which at the same time was beautifully contrasted with Perry Mason's ice cold reasoning and razor sharp sense of right and wrong. There are so many other things I could say about this series; perhaps it is best left at saying that this is the one, the only court drama, probably the best TV drama in general, and definitely one of the ten greatest series of all time.

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