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Perry Mason 

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The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
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 ...  Police Lt. Arthur Tragg / ... 241 episodes, 1957-1965
William Talman ...  Hamilton Burger / ... 225 episodes, 1957-1966
Don Anderson ...  Courtroom Spectator / ... 128 episodes, 1957-1966
Lee Miller Lee Miller ...  Police Sgt. Brice / ... 121 episodes, 1957-1966


Perry Mason is an attorney who specializes in defending seemingly indefensible cases. With the aid of his secretary Della Street and investigator Paul Drake, he often finds that by digging deeply into the facts, startling facts can be revealed. Often relying on his outstanding courtroom skills, he often tricks or traps people into unwittingly admitting their guilt. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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For season seven, episode seventeen, "The Case of the Bountiful Beauty" and season nine, episode twenty-four, "The Case of the Fanciful Frail", Perry Mason's office phone number was shown in a screenshot phone book as Madison 5-1190. However, in season one, episode fifteen, "The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse", Perry tells Paul Drake (William Hopper) that he is dialing Madison 5-1190, and Drake exclaims that this is the number for police headquarters. And in season eight, episode seven, "The Case of the Bullied Bowler", Joe Kelly (Mike Connors) gives Paul Drake the number: 271-2199. Paul repeats the number into the car phone, then exclaims "That's Perry's number!" See more »


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 »


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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Featured in Perry Mason Returns (1985) See more »


Park Avenue Beat
Written by Fred Steiner
(series theme)
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19 January 2002 | by Hessian499See all my reviews

More than 40 years since the series debut, Perry Mason is still a classic, and is highly watchable today without seeming dated. The first half of the show tells the story of the events leading up to the murder and the preliminary investigation of the crime, while the second half of the hour dealt with the subsequent trial, where Mason exposed the truth in the courtroom. The plots were quite complex at times, but the writers also treated viewers with intelligence. The acting was superb by all, and even the bit players do an excellent job. Probably my favorite character was private detective Paul Drake, whom apparently could dig up any fact no matter how obscure within a short period of time. Much better than the 2 hour movies produced in the 1980s and early 90s, Perry Mason will always be a classic in the history of television.

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Release Date:

21 September 1957 (USA) See more »

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Color (Episode 9.21)| Black and White

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