Perry Mason: Season 2, Vol. 2
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Filmed in black and white, Perry Mason has a seductive noir sensibility. Here in sunny California are convoluted cases involving corruption, blackmail, scandal, revenge, and greed. Perry, with the help of private detective Paul Drake (William Hopper), sorts it all out, and in the episode codas, further parses the evidence ("I still don't see what put you on the right track" is a typical query) in inscrutable ways that invite replay. Beyond the pleasure of watching an actor thoroughly embody his character, it's also fun to spot familiar character actors. "The Case of the Petulant Partner" stars Will Wright, who played mean old Ben Weaver on the early seasons of The Andy Griffith Show, and that's a rather fetching Marion "Mrs C." Ross from Happy Days in "The Case of the Romantic Rogue." The episodes crackle with some old-school, hard-boiled dialogue. Almost worth the price of the set is hearing Lt. Tragg make with the beat talk in "The Case of the Jaded Joker." "I'm one of the cool ones," he jokes with Della and Perry. "I don't dig slick chicks trying to goof me up, daddy-o." Once again, this set is guilty of providing no extra features, but we'll let them off with a warning. This time. --Donald Liebenson
- 15 episodes from the 1958-59 season on four 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.
Erle 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.Read more ›
I admit that the 1/2-season format is frustrating, but this seems to be becoming the norm with older series. I might be dead before all of the episodes are released. If I am still alive, they will immediately release the complete series in a box set at a lower overall price and with some nice extras, just like some other series are doing now. I'll be bitter of course, but I'll console myself with the knowledge that I didn't have to wait many years to see the early episodes. I am glad that they are using single-sided discs. This is much better than some other old favorites (e.g. The Outer Limits) that have all kinds of quality problems because the are on junky two-sided discs.
I just finished watching this set on my new 73" HDTV using and HD-DVD player that upcodes standard-def DVDs. Fantastic! The picture quality is incredible and truly is "glorious black and white."
So far only two seasons of Perry Mason have made it to DVD. This set the second half of Season Two is full of episodes that well-acted, carefully plotted and thoroughly enjoyable. By 1958 most Americans knew Perry, Della Street, Paul Drake, Hamilton Burger and Arthur Tragg. But each show had several of the best character actors of the day in the cast. While sometimes the plots were based on novels by Earle Stanly Garner (for instance "The Case of the Stuttering Bishop") the original teleplays were faithful to Gardner's vision.
Watching these shows on DVD is a real treat. While Perry Mason was a staple on TBS and Hallmark for years, the prints were pretty worn. These episodes are bright and clear (even in B&W) and the sound is crisp.
Now where is Season Three?
Several of the episodes are based on the original Gardner stories but those that aren't are still great fun.
The picture and audio quality are both excellent.
As with the other Mason sets my only complaint is that the entire season isn't being released as one set.
Nevertheless, I look forward to Season 3 Volume 1!
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Love the Perry Mason series. Great quality episodes.Published 1 month ago by Kathy M. from Stockton, CA.
Excellent series. I bought this because Barry Atwater is in this. Disc 1: The Case of the Fraudulent Foto, The Case of the Romantic Rogue, The Case of the Jaded Joker, The Case of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Desiree'
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