Perry Mason

Perry Mason

Each week Perry Mason, noted Los Angeles attorney , would find himself in the midst of some sordid murder case. Typically, the client would approach Perry at the beginning of the episode with some relatively simple legal issue and then quickly find themselves the defendant in a capital murder case.

District Attorney Hamilton Burger and Police Lieutenant Arthur Tragg always believed they had an airtight, open and shut case when they made the arrest, but eventually Perry poked holes in their tidy little theory of the case. Eventually we are led to what has become known as the "Perry Mason Moment" where at the climax of the show, Perry would confront the real murderer on the stand, or be cross-examining one witness and then suddenly turn his attention to another involved party spectating in the court room in an accusatory fashion. Inevitably the guilty party would break down and confess to the killing and provide a tearful or angry justification for their actions.

Perry's legal efforts were facilitated by his faithful assistant, Della Street (with whom there was the occasional innuendo of romantic involvement) and private investigator Paul Drake.

Perry Mason ran for 9 seasons on CBS and is very popular in the late-night syndication realm.

Trivia: One way to easily tell whether one is viewing an earlier or a later version of Perry Mason (other than the presence or absence of Ray Collins (Lt. Tragg) is to take note of the automobiles. At the outset, the automobiles were provided by General Motors and Perry was generally seen driving an El Dorado Convertible. In the early 60s, Ford started providing the automobiles and Perry would be seen driving a Thunderbird convertible, Paul Drake would hop into a more pedestrian Galaxie 500, and Della drove Ford's 'sensible' car for a woman, a Ford Falcon.

Cinematography Note: During courtroom scenes, long shots were always filmed with the camera located where the jury box would normally be situated, never from the rear of the courtroom. The "You are There" effect certainly contributed to audience involvement.

Opening Theme

Episode Info

Final: 9x30 -- The Case of the Final Fadeout (May/22/1966)

Barry Conrad, a nasty individual whose personality has richly endowed him with enemies, finally meets his end. Mason manages to see Jackson Sidemark acquitted - and then Sidemark dies. Did Winnifred Glover kill him? Both of them? Or was it someone else entirely?
Raymond BurrRaymond Burr
As Perry Mason
Barbara HaleBarbara Hale
As Della Street
Barbara HaleBarbara Hale
As Della Street
William HopperWilliam Hopper
As Paul Drake
William HopperWilliam Hopper
As Paul Drake
William TalmanWilliam Talman
As Hamilton Burger
William TalmanWilliam Talman
As Hamilton Burger
Ray CollinsRay Collins
As Lieutenant Arthur Tragg
Ray CollinsRay Collins
As Lieutenant Arthur Tragg
Wesley LauWesley Lau
As Lt. Andy Anderson (1962-65)


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recap: Opens in Perry’s office where he holds up a book THE WIDOW “sensational novel by 20 year old Deborah Dearborn." A woman calling herself a Mrs. “Seward” inquires about suing her, but Perry says proving libel is difficult: did the author know what she what she was writing was libelous and did she know her? No. Perry says libel suits are not his specialty and Mrs. “Seward" leaves, saying bye to Della at the door. Perry asks Della why she was making faces during the conversation. Della says they were contacted by someone, that a girl named Dearborn called for an appointment, but never called back. Perry recognizes that this is the author’s name. Della says the woman who just left is Stephanie Carew, she's sure of it, remember the Frederick Carew scandal? Perry does, and remembers he was murdered by his young bride, but was acquitted, the judge telling the jury "You have signally failed in your duty." Della warns if she based a book on that woman… Perry finishes, looking at the book “Then she’s the one who’s going to need our help, and lots of it.”.. read more.

1x4: The Case of the Drowning Duck recap: A bus pulls into Logan City and a woman, Lois Reed, gets off. As Lois looks around nervously, a man approaches her and welcomes her back to Logan City. He introduces himself as private investigator Donald Briggs and says he has a cab waiting for her. Lois gets in and they drive to the Sands Motel on the outskirts of town. Briggs has already booked a room and she asks what she's supposed to do. He says that he'll call later with instructions and Lois goes to the room... read more.
Recurring Guests

Lee Miller (1) as Sgt. Brice (109 eps)
George E. Stone as Court Clerk (74 eps)
S. John Launer as Judge (53 eps)
Kenneth R. MacDonald as Judge (45 eps)
Morris Ankrum as Judge (39 eps)
Willis Bouchey as Judge (38 eps)
Michael Fox as Autopsy Surgeon (32 eps)
John Gallaudet as Municipal Judge (31 eps)
Connie Cezon as Gertie (28 eps)
Pitt Herbert as Autopsy Surgeon (25 eps)

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Network: CBS ( USA)
Type: Scripted
Genres: Crime, Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 21, 1957
Ended: September 04, 1966
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