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Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) 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. The series began in 1957, running until 1974, and later revived in a series of TV movies. In over 270 episodes, Perry never lost a case!
There was a time when the defense attorney was a heroic everyman, not the butt of bad jokes; think Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, and, of course, Raymond Burr's incomparable Perry Mason. The first season of Perry Mason, which launched in 1957 on CBS, shows just how dramatic a "law and order" show could be. Shot in lush black and white, on film, the episodes have been lovingly restored (including lost minutes hacked from reruns to accommodate commercials). The story arcs and atmosphere feel more like film noir (Perry Mason + Philip Marlowe = separated at birth?) than early TV. The cast was stellar, including Burr's Emmy-winning Perry Mason, the indefatigable lawyer who takes tough cases no one else will touch. Burr's chemistry crackles from episode 1 with his costars, including Barbara Hale as secretary Della, William Hopper as private detective Paul Drake, and William Talman as Hamilton Burger, the well-meaning but overmatched district attorney. While it's true that the last-minute witness-stand confessions strain some credulity, the case-cracking, character development, and dialogue set a high bar for the legal shows that followed. "The Case of the Negligent Nymph," for instance, involves a comely young woman--and murder suspect--fished out of the Pacific; Mason deadpans to Drake, "Call off the search, Paul; we've landed our mermaid." The shows unfold at a leisurely pace, and yet don't rely on the overly expositive dialogue that, say, Law & Order does; the viewer learns a lot about each case simply as it happens. The set contains the first 19 episodes of the first season and will hook you, even if you're not a procedural buff. --A.T. Hurley
Excellent series. Bought this because Barry Atwater is in it. Here are the individual shows: Disc 1: The Case of the Restless Redhead, The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece, The... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Desiree'
Can't add anything to the already glowing reviews previously posted. I wasn't born when Season One came along (1957), but, this is outstanding Television Drama - anytime. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. S. HARDEN
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|Perry Mason TV episodes on DVD||
Not yet, but apparently they will be eventually. The reason for the half season set I understand is that there were 39 episodes in the first year. That would be 10 DVDs in the first set...so they decided to split it into two parts. Season two probably will be split as well, but from then on I... Read More
Jun 24, 2006 by S. Breazeal | See all 6 posts
|The only Perry Mason episode filmed in color||
The final episode was The Case of The Final Fadeout, featuring Erle Stanley Gardner as Judge #2. For fun & more info, checkout http://poll.imdb.com/title/tt00
Jul 5, 2006 by trig | See all 5 posts
|What Happened To The Columbia House DVD Series?||
Daniel, You Are Right. Columbia House Did Offer Consumers "Land Of The Giants" Then Abruptly Stopped The Offer Before Anyone Could Complete Their Collection. What I Was Offered Was 10 Volumes With About 2-3 Episodes Per Disc. I Believe A Couple of Them May Have Had 4 Episodes. I Don't... Read More
Jun 28, 2010 by Earline Taylor | See all 10 posts
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"The Case of the Terrified Typist" was a 1956 novel (repeated in the TV show) where Perry's client was found guilty of First Degree murder, and the jury did not recommend clemency. But Perry was able to void the verdict on a legal technicality. (I won't give it away.)
There was another... Read More
Sep 22, 2011 by Acute Observer | See all 2 posts
Season Two is available 11/21/06.
Oct 20, 2006 by David Alan Hall | See all 2 posts
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