Perry Mason: The Ninth and Final Season, Vol. 2
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I watched Perry Mason as a kid, but I became an entrenched fan during the years that TBS ran the series in the 80s. I saw them round and round, until to this day many of them are like old friends when I view them again on DVD. However, these old friends bring continued surprises, as the DVD sets have the entire show, something that has likely never been true in any syndication of the series.
I never felt that the quality of the acting, mysteries, or production dropped throughout Perry Mason's long run. The final few shows were as entertaining as the first.
As others have mentioned, this set contains the very entertaining dual role episode, with Raymond Burr playing both Mason and the alcoholic merchant marine hired to get Mason into hot water.
Not only have I always been entertained by Perry Mason and his mysteries, but I learned a few things along the way too. Mason was a great role model with his firm stands against those without ethics. I admired that backbone and made sure to grow it myself, and it has served me well over the decades.
We can't thank most of them in person anymore, but regardless my thanks go out to Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Tallman, Ray Collins and the dozens of judges, hundreds of guest stars, and the outstanding writers who brought us so much entertainment for so long, and made these characters our friends.
With regard to this final season, a special mention should be made of Richard Anderson, who joined the cast as Lieutenant Steve Drumm. This fine actor, such a familiar star and guest-star in TV series from the 1960s onwards, always offered a thoughtful, dignified and serious presence in all his appearances, yet has never really received full credit for his contribution to the success of post-war American TV, so it was entirely fitting that he should have been chosen to play a part in the concluding season of this most iconic of series, when he was in the prime of his distinguished career.
By now it should be clear that this is a 'must-have' recommendation. Enthusiasts of the show will, of course, waste no time in completing their collection, and, despite some quibbles about the pricing which have been registered over the years (noted earlier), Paramount should be commended for eventually giving us the complete 'official edition'.
Episode 21 - Twice-Told Twist is in colour - the only episode all those years that was. The colour is saturated but there.
Episode 30 - The Case of the Final Fadeout (last episode of the series) involved a murder that occurred on a film set. As part of the investigation, the film staff identified themselves to the authorities as potential witnesses. The film staff were in fact the same tv film staff working on the Perry Mason set and they used their real names and occupations. This episode also included Erle Stanley Gardner himself acting as the judge in the courtroom scene. It was the only one in which he appeared.
Extras which included Barbara Hale and contained short films of Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Burr interviews with Charlie Rose, etc.
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I'm a Perry Mason fanatic. What's not to like about Perry? Even though with repeated watching the stories do tend to have large plot flaws, I enjoy seeing the simpler time they... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brenda Strong
I love watching perry mason its fun two watch there will never be perry mason like this onePublished 4 months ago by stephen dixon
I love courtroom dramas and you can do no better than the classic Perry Mason episodes!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This DVD set was Perry Mason. What else is there to say, except it is the last season. There was no Season 10. The characters were delightful, as always. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Miss Marple
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