Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Final Fade-Out 

Barry Conrad has become a major star with an oversized ego. At the last moment, he tells his show's producer Jackson Sidemark that he won't be signing a new contract. Conrad, then Sidemark are killed giving Perry two clients back to back.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Conrad
Winifred Glover
Pete Desmond
Jackson Sidemark
Leif Early
Andy Rubin
Erna Landry
William Tannen ...
Frank - Studio Guard
Margaret Shinn ...
Starlet #1


Producer Jackson Sidemark has a hit TV series. Unfortunately, his star Barry Conrad tells him he won't be doing another season, after Sidemark is already on the hook for numerous contractual obligations. Conrad stabs others in the back too, like the former star Winifred Glover who gave him his start, and the writer of Sidemark's show. There's little surprise when Conrad's murder occurs, but nothing goes as expected after that. Conrad was killed in the midst of a scene with a last minute plot change in which guns are substituted for knives. There's perjury, dismissal of charges against Sidemark, and accusations from Burger of Perry's misconduct. After a second murder with Sidemark as the victim, Perry has a new client - the actress Winifred Glover, and must solve both cases to get at the truth. He's helped and hindered by a cast of both familiar TV faces and members of the "Perry Mason" crew in bit parts, plus Perry's creator Erle Stanley Gardner as the final Judge. Written by Arthur Bullock

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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22 May 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In a TV interview Barbara Hale said this was her favorite Perry Mason episode. See more »


The first murder is committed with a prop gun, specifically a semi-automatic pistol modified to fire blanks. Such guns have bore restricters, weakened springs and ground-off locking lugs, all necessary to operate with the weak chamber pressure and recoil impetus of blanks; they invariably blow up or fly apart if fired with live ammunition. See more »


Perry Mason: Now it seems to me the place to start is at the beginning.
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References Witness for the Prosecution (1957) See more »

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That Fadeout Ending
18 May 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Appropriately entitled The Case Of The Final Fadeout, the Perry Mason show came to an end fortunately just left Perry Mason, Della Street, and Paul Drake just looking forward to yet another case that was never to be broadcast. That fadeout ending allowed the writers considerable freedom when Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale revived their characters in about 20 years for a class series of made for TV feature length films.

There's a twist on the Perry Mason paradigm, eager young star James Stacy is murdered on the set of his television series. Stacy was the last of several victims who really do get what they deserve on the show, though by no means were all of the victims so hateful. His producer Denver Pyle is arrested and Perry gets a dismissal when one of William Talman's witnesses is caught in a lie on the stand. Talman is steaming when he leaves the courtroom, but later on Pyle is found murdered in the editing room of his studio.

Old time eccentric actress Estelle Winwood is the new suspect and Burr might clear her if Winwood would stop being the diva. Of course he does would you suspect he would do otherwise?

Not the best episode, but a good one to go out on.

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