Los Angeles, 1931. On the heels of an unsavory investigation involving a famous comedian, Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys) - a PI struggling to make ends meet - and his right-hand man Pete Strickland (Shea Whigham) are hired by attorney E.B. Jonathan (John Lithgow), Perry's mentor, to solve a perplexing case: the brutal kidnapping of one-year-old Charlie Dodson, whose parents Matthew (Nate Corddry) and Emily (Gayle Rankin) were targeted for a $100,000 ransom. After meeting with Herman Baggerly (Robert Patrick), a millionaire elder at the Dodsons' church, Perry, E.B., and E.B.'s legal secretary Della Street (Juliet Rylance) ponder why a family of unmistakably modest means would be extorted for such a steep price.
Did You Know?
The coroner Virgil Sheets (Jefferson Mays) is introduced in a scene in which he makes a joke about one of the corpses in the morgue having been a secret cross-dresser. Mays first came to wide public acclaim in the fact-based 2003 play "I Am My Own Wife," playing the role of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf--a transgender woman who survived the survived the German Nazi and Communist regimes by concealing her history. See more
The address on the returned package that Perry picks up at the mailbox is 917 Loma Dr., Salinas, California. While there currently is a Loma Drive in Salinas, that street did not exist in 1932, and the house numbers range from 202 to 254. See more
What about the police?
Well, they'll be on this hammer and tongs. Why not leave it to them?
I'll be frank, Mr. Mason. I don't trust the Los Angeles police department to do the job that's needed.
Neither would I.
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Written by Duke Ellington
, Irving Mills
Performed by The Perry Mason New Year's Eve Band feat. Luke Carlsen See more