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Perry Mason - Season Two, Vol. 1 (1957)

Raymond Burr , Barbara Hale , Andrew V. McLaglen , Arthur Hiller  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins
  • Directors: Andrew V. McLaglen, Arthur Hiller, Arthur Marks, Buzz Kulik, Gerd Oswald
  • Writers: Barry Trivers, Don Brinkley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O59A52
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Perry Mason - Season Two, Vol. 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 15 episodes from the 1958-1959 season on 4 discs

Editorial Reviews

There's something about Perry! Perry Mason, as a canny 14-year-old remarks in the episode "The Case of the Pint-Sized Client," is "the best lawyer in town." Here's the evidence. In 15 chronological second-season episodes from the classic series by which all lawyer shows are judged, Los Angeles attorney Perry Mason successfully defends a host of clients so seemingly guilty that Nancy Grace would have had them incarcerated by the first commercial break. Created by Erle Stanley Gardner, Mason was already a popular character in books, films, and radio before coming to television in 1957, and Raymond Burr, usually typecast as a heavy in feature films, did Mason justice (Mason was ranked 28th on the Bravo network's list of television's 100 best characters). Punctuating his sentences with that dramatic intake of breath, Burr's Mason exudes gravitas and expertise. He gets capable support from Barbara Hale as his secretary, Della Street, and William Hopper as private detective Paul Drake.

In what may be television's most thankless role, William Talman costars as district attorney Hamilton Burger, who nearly every week loses what looked to be an open-and-shut case, usually as the result of some dramatic surprise witness (in one episode, a parrot!), an unorthodox legal maneuver, or a cross-examination courtroom confession ("I didn't mean to kill him, your honor"). There is no delving into Mason's private life, although one episode hints at Mason being something of a ladies man. When Della suggestively tells him a new client is in his waiting room, he replies, "Blonde or brunette?" Cleverly plotted, and infused with a palpable noir sensibility , Perry Mason holds up as more than TV Land nostalgia, although it is fun to see such familiar faces as Jesse "the Maytag Repairman" White, Edgar Buchanan (Petticoat Junction), and Joseph Kearns and Herbert Anderson from Dennis the Menace. No extras, but these entertaining episodes will definitely please the court. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper. There have been decades of followers, but there's still only one Perry Mason ! The father of all courtroom dramas returns with 19 episodes from season two, packed with penetrating cross-examinations, surprise witnesses, shocking confessions and last-minute bombshells on 4 DVDs. 1958-59/b&w/12 hrs., 53 min/NR/fullscreen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Television May 3, 2007
Perry Mason fans waited a long time for a DVD release of the finest courtroom drama ever to be broadcast into homes. It was entertainment that kept viewers glued to their seats, waiting for that moment when Perry would nail the killer on the witness stand and free his client. Once the first season was released it was only a matter of time until season two followed, and it finally has.

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.

The second season cemented Perry, Della, Paul, and even Burger and Lt.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Objection Overuled, The witness may get the dvd March 16, 2007
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After getting both volumes 1 and 2 of season one, I can not wait for this release. The stories are every bit as great as I remembered. The picture was clear as crystal. What really impressed me was the quality of the performances. Raymond Burr is Perry Mason. Barbara Hale played Della with a fine sense of character. William Hopper has just the right mischieviousness for Paul Drake. What can I say, These people are the characters they portrayed. This is the grandfather of all courtroom dramas. Many have tried to imitate, but none have duplicated the drama, suspense and humor in these stories. The biggest mystery is how can I hold out until the release date? That's a killer for sure.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Case Has Been Made April 13, 2007
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This is one of the most interesting television series ever. Although there are complaints about the split season sale of Perry Mason, I remember the VHS (two-episode) tapes going for $20.00 a pop, plus shipping and handling. One season would have cost almost $400.00. At $66.00, this is a bargain. I just hope CBS releases all nine seasons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TIMELESS TV July 2, 2007
With all of the cast excepting Della now dead, it is pleasant to return to those times. I began watching Perry Mason on TV when yet in high school and after military service and college he was yet on TV!

After purchasing the first two DVD sets can still feel happy about purchasing them, and will get this one too. I not only watch the shows but read the books, just recently finishing The Case of the Caretaker's Cat. The Persian cat of that book was named 'Clinker' but none of the TV shows, however, can be called that!

Great TV from long ago, and for me growing up in the 1950's, it's fun to revisit a world of cars, clothes, and people that other than in these shows, no longer exist. Perry and the gang are than actors and in many ways seem to have become our welcome friends.

Semper Fi.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of televisions' most entertaining and popular series enters its second season on DVD with this great release by CBS Video.

Raymond Burr is Perry Mason and he imbues each performance with his special combination of toughness & sophistication. Along for the ride are his sidekicks, the ever beautiful Barbara Hale as Perry's confidential secretary Della Street and the constantly smoking William Hopper as the well informed private detective Paul Drake. The opposition is played by the formidable William Talman as the constantly losing DA Hamilton Burger, though he somehow keeps getting re-elected along with the aged beyond all comprehension Ray Collins as the constantly passed over for promotion Lt. Tragg.

Less is implied about Perry & Della's personal relationship, but overall the episodes are better and have more snap in the writing. The episodes look very sharp, almost "too" sharp in a way since many of the scenes involve a technique called "deep focus" where characters are both in the foreground and background and inevitably we see a blurry Perry or client while the judge in the back is perfectly in focus.

This set has only two DVDs with 15 episodes total as opposed to the previous sets that contained 3 DVDs & 19 episodes each. And the menu pages are the same, featuring promo photos of the cast, though without the Perry Mason theme playing in the background. You can also play all the episodes on each DVD, which is nice if one episode doesn't satisfy your "Perry fix". And in a very tiny, but nice touch the curser is in the shape of a judge's mallet.

And while we still have no extras (not surprising I suppose given the age of the series), we do have original airdates of each show printed with the episode description.
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