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

Raymond Burr , Barbara Hale , Arthur Marks , Harmon Jones  |  NR |  DVD
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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: 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BW4S87A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,380 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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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Courtroom Drama April 6, 2013
After 271 episodes, spanning nine years (1957-1966), one of America's all-time favorite courtroom/detective shows, Perry Mason, will come to an end on June 11, 2013, in its ninth and final season (released in two volumes). Volume one features fifteen episodes on four discs. TV's most entertaining landmark series starring Raymond Burr will be remembered and cherished as one of the best, classic shows in television history.

Unlike many of the unimaginable, lackluster TV shows inundating the airwaves today, Perry Mason was and still is one-of-a-kind series. Clean, fun, timeless entertainment at its very best, Perry Mason should not be missed by anyone who relishes substantial entertainment (writing, acting). On June 11, add season nine, volume one to your treasured collection. Highly recommended.

The episodes included in volume one are listed below. Volume two release: To Be Announced.

Episode 1:
"The Case of the Laughing Lady" -
A murder suspect thinks she saw the real killer on television; guests Constance Towers, Bernard Fox.

Episode 2:
"The Case of the Fatal Fortune" -
A fortune teller's predictions come true for a woman, until she is arrested for murder; guest Jesse White.

Episode 3:
"The Case of the Candy Queen" -
The owner of a successful diet-candy business is charged with murdering a gambler who held the formula for her product.

Episode 4:
"The Case of the Cheating Chancellor" -
Perry defends an educator at his old alma mater who is accused of murder; guests Louise Latham, Lee Meriwether.

Episode 5:
"The Case of the Impetuous Imp" -
A rich widower believed to be guilty of his wife's mysterious death is himself murdered.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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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33 of 35 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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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Courtroom Drama April 20, 2013
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this old TV series.
Can't miss if looking for entertainment that is free of profanity, blood and violence. It's fun to see if I can pick up all the clues to determine who is the guilty person.
Published 12 days ago by Andrea Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars great shows
enjoy Perry Mason immensely, and collecting the DVD sets has brought my family a great deal of pleasure. Nothing in today's line-up of TV shows can compare!
Published 22 days ago by Ann Ransom
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Classic TV Shows
My wife and I love the Perry Mason series. We are almost finished with watching all nine seasons for the second time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Boring
5.0 out of 5 stars tHE END
Published 1 month ago by Victoria
4.0 out of 5 stars Perry Mason review
I bought this to fulfill my collection. I am a Raymond Burr fan, I liked the earlier episodes better more suspense.
Published 1 month ago by Vanessa E. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars This was still very good!
Some of the stories were not as good as seasons past but overall this was still a very good show. The show did miss Ray Collins (inspector Tragg) and the banter between him and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David W. Nesbitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Perry Mason
I got this at a great price on Amazon. Who doesn't love Perry Mason? I never tire of watching episode after episode.
Published 2 months ago by L. A. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Perry Mason
I would recommend this set to anyone who likes 50s/60s tv and enjoys a good mystery. It seems to rarely be the person I suspected.
Published 2 months ago by William J. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift Item
I am not a great Perry Mason fan. I bought this for a coworker who is really into old time tv. She is into this program and had all the other volumes. Great feedback on the dvd
Published 2 months ago by Family man
5.0 out of 5 stars Perry Mason Ninth & Final Season - Volume One
One of the great television series of all time. If you like "who done its" this series is a must have.
Published 3 months ago by Debra Giambattista
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