Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 2
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- 20 episodes on five discs
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Raymond Burr had some good roles in films, but will always be remembered for the tough defense attorney you wanted on your side in the toughest jam. Barbara Hale was his pretty secretary, Della Street, who kept Perry human and was in love with him. William Hopper was the dapper detective, Paul Drake. He had a playful and flirtatious relationship with Della but every viewer knew that secretly her heart belonged to Perry.
William Talman as D.A. Hamilton Burger was the perfectly cast guy you almost felt sorry for, as just when he was ready to gloat over his victory in court, Perry would spring his client by revealing the real killer, once again defeating poor old Burger. The relationship of these four people made the mood and mystery of the often gripping conclusion fun to watch. There has never been anything close to it in genre on television since. Its mix of drama, noir, and humor, and its truly likable characters, made for terrific viewing.
Earle Stanley Gardner's original creation of Perry Mason was a bit more two-fisted pulp type reading, but slowly grew into something resembling the show when it became so popular. Gardner's Perry Mason novels, begun decades before the show and continuing for decades more, are still fun to read. The same can be said of every single show in the series.
The first season, unlike many shows, hit its stride immediately, and remained top-notch television for many years.Read more ›
Raymond Burr imbues his performance with a sophistication and toughness that became the standard for future shows about lawyers. Along with a light touch of humor that is very refreshing in contrast to the more somber elements of his cases. It's these lighter scenes with his confidential secretary Della Street (the "Beautiful" Barbara Hale) and detective Paul Drake (the constantly smoking William Hopper) that make this series a joy to watch.
William Tallman is the decent, yet appropriately stuffy as the world's least successful DA Hamilton Burger along with the world's oldest police Lieutenant Tragg as played by Ray Collins who were akin to the Washington Generals of the show.
All episode titles begin with "The Case of..." and each show has its own merits. Although some can strain credulity like "The Case of the Deadly Double"; which relies on a key figure having a true split personality. But the show is at its best when combining desperate characters in a post-film noir like setting with Perry coming to save the day. Especially when there is enough room to let the natural chemistry of Burr, Hale, & Hopper play out.
Like the first volume, there are really no extras in this set unless you include previews of other DVD releases. The back of each DVD case promises that the episodes are shown in the order they were originally broadcast, yet we get no airdate for each show. At least the Menu screens have publicity photos taken during that time. There are mostly Raymond Burr looking somewhat bemused (and colorized) and holding either a paper with "Murder" in the title or an actual Perry Mason pulp novel.Read more ›
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Season 1, Volume Two, Disc 3 is defective. Sent letters and emails to CBS and for six months they have yet to respond.Published 3 days ago by MW
I got into this show because my parents love it and I'm a big fan of old TV shows and movies. This collection is great to have. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah
Perry Mason Season 1 is actually a 5 star offering.
Unfortunately I had to take 2 stars off due to the fact that the advertised Closed Captioning feature doesn't work. Read more
Oh Boy...more Raymond Burr. Also Dorothy Cook known as Dorothy Moore, Tatum O'Neal's Mother. This is the Last season with 5 discs.
After it is reduced to 4 discs.
I bought this as a gift for my mother, but I really enjoyed them as well. They offer a complex plot, and are really entertaining. Read morePublished 3 months ago by comet_tail
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