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Perry Mason: The Ninth & Final Season - Volume One (1966)

Raymond Burr , Barbara Hale , Arthur Marks , Harmon Jones  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Richard Anderson
  • Directors: Arthur Marks, Harmon Jones, Jerry Hopper, Jesse Hibbs, Vincent McEveety
  • Writers: Charles Dickens, Erle Stanley Gardner, Ernie Frankel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 776 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BW4S87A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,599 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Perry Mason: The Ninth & Final Season - Volume One" on IMDb

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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.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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I have been watching Perry Mason since the late 1950's and have long since lost track of how many times I've seen every episode. I was hoping that it would eventually be released on DVD - uncut, sharp, commercial-free, and complete - and now it will be. The casting was perfect and Raymond Burr was born to play Mason. No one else has ever even come close. Someone once said, "It's like having an old friend in the room". That was probably more than 40 years ago and it's still true today.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last of the real Perry Mason May 11, 2013
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After nine years the Perry Mason franchise needed a rest. When the series began in the fifties, few shows were in color and the TV movie had yet to be invented. The earliest episodes of the series were often based on actual Earle Stanley Gardner titles, mostly pulp fiction mostly written in the thirties, forties and fifties.

By the time the television series ended there were seventy seven Gardner novels and two hundred seventy one television episodes. Each case required Mason, but virtue of courtroom theatrics as Hamilton Burger often put it, not only to get his client off but also to serve the interests of justice by revealing the identity of the true killer who confesses in open court. Gardner had over thirty years to produce his seventy seven novels, the scriptwriters were churning out about thirty episodes a season, three quarters of them original screenplays.

Those kind of demands take tolls on the writers, actors and directors. As time went by, the film noir grit and glamour of LA murders presented in grainy black and white began be stretched too far. And so, the final season of this iconic courtroom drama lacks some of the punch that hooked us so thoroughly during the Eisenhower Administration.

But this season is the last of the real Perry Mason. Paisanos Productions offered us Monte Markham in the title role of the "New Perry Mason" for a season in 1973. That fifteen episode dud, proved to be like "new Coke" and swelled the demand for the real thing. Burr and Barbara Hale, as Della Street, returned to make twenty five TV movies between 1986 and 1993. These were two hour jobs ( no original show was ever even a two parter), filmed in color (so much for film noir) and set in Denver.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Courtroom Drama April 20, 2013
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Perry Mason Season 9 Volume 1

These fifteen TV shows from 1965 are based on the novels of Erle Stanley Gardner. The books are more complete and informative, they tell about life that is not experienced by most people. The books explain why some things are done, the films only show you what happened. The books tell you about "ropers", rough or smooth shadows, how to evade surveillance, and avoid leaving a back trail. Some questioned the legality and ethics of Perry Mason's tactics but the stories were written before modern legal rules. The background tells about life in Los Angeles and America. There is nothing like these dramatic stories on today's broadcast TV. When was the last time you saw a trial lawyer as a hero? Erle Stanley Gardner was a founder of the "Court of Last Resort" which sought to free the unjustly convicted. Gardner sought to use scientific means to find the guilty rather than using hunches or guesses alone.

The seeming reality of these stories is due in part to characters who don't look like Hollywood actors. Some of the original stories were modified for TV. The theme music is typical for the late 1950s. Note the style of clothing and culture; ladies wore white gloves. People seldom lock their doors. The prices date these films. One advantage is seeing the many automobiles from that era. How many can you identify? Note the slimness of people, the smoking, and the familiarity with pistols. Watch how the actors express their emotions by their facial expressions. The camera sharpness and quality is excellent, but these films have a higher contrast than in earlier seasons. These stories often use the misinterpretation of circumstantial evidence to provide dramatic effects. The courtroom scenes are usually the Preliminary Hearings and often tell about the law.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One last hurrah with Perry Mason and friends June 14, 2013
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I chose this rating as I really like this Ninth & Final Season of Perry Mason. They have all aged gracefully and it is nice to see Paul Drake still the consummate private detective and friend, ever faithful secretary Della Street and the fiercely independent Hamilton Burger honorable contemporaries in the courtroom with Perry. The stories are well acted and it is nice to see stars who have gone to other careers getting their start in this wonderful series. I was sorry to see Wesley Lau leave but Richard Anderson as Lt. Steve Drumm is a welcome replacement. But the real enjoyment is seeing Raymond Burr in his signature role of which he has made his own doing the professional job he has always done. Anybody that longs for the series that were shown in the past that bring back memories of what TV use to be and, sadly, won't be again, will love the memories it brings back. I am looking forward to seeing the Volume 2 of this Final Season and feel bad to see it end. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series ever August 14, 2013
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Even though you know who's going to win the cases, its still fun to watch it play out and see if you can guess who done it before the rest. If only we had classics like these today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars have them all!!! Perry Mason is a ...
have them all !!! Perry Mason is a Classic ...wish this type of "entertainment" would return to the TV screens.
Published 13 days ago by Theresa D
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
arrived on time and as described
Published 1 month ago by Elaine Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorites for late night insomnia. Always entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Jean from Houston
5.0 out of 5 stars bad, paramount
again the same thing I said , paramount marketing at its worst, now the sets are at an affordable price after so many years of release
Published 1 month ago by Robert Bertrand
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Perry Mason series and this was great addition
Published 1 month ago by Pamela R. Heatherly
5.0 out of 5 stars PERRY MASON: THE NINTH AND FINAL SEASON - VOL. ONE
PERRY MASON - great series get it. All Black and White.
Published 1 month ago by James R. Morrella
5.0 out of 5 stars Mason - 9th season
As a real fan enjoyed this very much. Wish Erle Stanley Gardiner had been around to write more of them.
Published 2 months ago by Kathyrn J Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I own the whole set now.... I absolutely love it and my husband and I sit and watched a couple of series on Sundays, when there does not seem to be any good tv shows... Read more
Published 2 months ago by dreamcatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable from start to finish
As with all the previous sets this contains stories that don't seem to age. Plots are simple with some twists to keep you on your toes. Great TV to relax with.
Published 2 months ago by J. F. Karnitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Perry Mason 9th season DVD
I have all of the Perry Mason DVDs. I watch them over again and still enjoy them every time. This 9th series is one of the best. I highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Terry J. Moody
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