Set in 1932 Los Angeles, the series focuses on the origin story of famed defense lawyer Perry Mason, based on characters from Erle Stanley Gardner's novels. Living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator, Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage. L.A. is booming while the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression -- but a kidnapping gone very wrong leads to Mason exposing a fractured city as he uncovers the truth of the crime.
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The camera Perry Mason uses is a Kodak Duo Six-20, original model, which was made between 1933 (the year after this show takes place) and 1937, when it was replaced by the Duo Six-20 Series II. The camera initially sold for $52.50 US ($1035 in 2020). The camera, as the name implies, uses 620 film. While 620 film is no longer made, it only differs from 120 film in the size of the spool it uses. By doing either slight modifications to the 120's spool or putting the 120 film on an empty 620 spool yourself, or purchasing it from someone who will do that for you, you can still use this camera today. See more
Drake repeatedly refers to himself as "black." In the 1930s, that word was considered a pejorative. "Colored" or "Negro" were the preferred, acceptable terms. See more