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Raymond Burr, Richard Anderson, Barbara Hale. Sure, the emotional, on-the-stand confessions proving his clients' innocence were predictable by this point in the series, but it's still great TV! Watch for guest spots from Dick Foran, Ann Rutherford, Fay Wray and more. 13 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1959-60/b&w/10 hrs., 24 min/NR/fullscreen.

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"You're that lawyer, aren’t you?" a reluctant material witness addresses the impeccably dressed man asking questions about her soon-to-be-murdered boyfriend. Yep, he's Perry Mason, and his reputation precedes him. In "The Case of the Lucky Legs," one of this three-disc set's twelve black-and-white episodes, a policeman who finds Mason at a crime scene greets him with an impressed, "Well." Mason inspires that kind of admiration with yet another heavy caseload of seemingly guilty clients on trial for murder. Episode after episode, one can only marvel at Mason's courtroom cunning that will allow him to identify the real culprit and make him or her squirm on the witness stand until they confess. The cleverly plotted episodes unfold with compelling twists and turns. In "The Case of the Spurious Sister," a husband is understandably confused that his no-good gambler wife, whose murder he ill-advisedly tried to cover up, should apparently turn up in Las Vegas and sue him for divorce. In "The Case of the Garrulous Gambler," a blackmail scam worthy of David Mamet takes a deadly turn. In only one memorable episode can viewers be absolutely certain of the innocence of Mason's client; it's private detective Paul Drake (William Hopper), who has been charged with the murder of a philandering married man who was involved in a hit and run. Through it all, Mason is characteristically cool and confident. In "The Case of Paul Drake's Dilemma," he jokes that his only concern about Paul is that he will be able to pay Mason's bill. Now and then, Mason will resort to unconventional methods to see that justice is done. In "The Case of the Blushing Pearls," he stages a little arson to roust a suspect from his hotel room. A Saturday night staple during its Emmy-winning nine season run, Perry Mason's pleasures are many, from Fred Steiner's indelible theme song, "Park Avenue Beat" to the character actors with the B-movie names (Lisabeth Hush in "Lucky Legs") and Mason's epilogue summations prompted by his befuddled staff ("Well, there's only thing I don't understand…."). This volume is a must for fans of Erle Stanley Gardner's iconic character who are compiling Mason's complete case history. --Donald Liebenson

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  • Actors: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller, Arthur Marks, Gerald Mayer, Herbert Hirschman, Richard Kinon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 624 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019F030M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,299 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Perry Mason: Season 3, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on May 26, 2008
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Perry Mason is as much a part of American culture as apple pie and mom. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone of any age who doesn't at least recognize the name. Erle Stanley Gardner's books have millions of devoted fans. The television show it spawned was fabulous as entertainment, and today is widely regarded as one of the best shows the medium ever produced. Perry was the attorney you wanted on your side in a jam.

Raymond Burr had some good roles in films, but will always be remembered as Perry Mason. It was Gardner himself who picked Burr, even though the studio only agreed to let him test for Perry if he would test for Burger too! 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 would almost be ready to gloat, Lt. Tragg (Ray Collins) not far behind, when Perry would spring his client by revealing the real killer on the witness stand. 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.

Season three had some great episodes, including a case where Paul was the accused, in a twisty tail of blackmail and murder. Releasing them in half seasons, the first half on volume one, the second on volume two, may indeed be an effective but annoying marketing scheme, but with all the junk out there we're lucky to actually have a few worthy releases such as Perry Mason even available.
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Perry Mason is the gold standard for the "law" & "order" genre, bar none!

With Season One at 39 episodes I could possibly see the studio issuing two half season releases. But as the first two seasons are now discounted, as expected, I find it very hard to justify $35 bucks for a 13 episode half season set every 6-8 months. Many older fans literally may not even live to see the entire 9 seasons make it to release. The corporate suits at Paramount know exactly what they are doing and I believe they relish in the agony of the purchaser.

The only consumer recourse is to wait them out; very hard to do when you are a fan of quality programming.
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I adore the 'Perry Mason' series and have eagerly anticipated each new DVD release of THE classic courtroom drama. However, I was dismayed at the cheap and shoddy packaging of the latest Season 3 Volume 1 release. Gone are the cardboard slipcovers and thin individual DVD cases. The DVDs are now crammed into a single, flimsy plastic case. Gone are the well-designed DVD labels and episode description inserts. The graphics on the DVDs have been pared down to a solid industrial gray and the episode descriptions are obscured by the DVDs affixed to the case interior.

It's not as though CBS/Paramount spoiled us with the earlier 'Perry Mason' DVD releases (which were more than a little short on bells-and-whistles) but at least the cases protected the DVDs!

'Perry Mason' deserves better than this cheap, flimsy presentation.
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Five stars for the show!These studios have some raw nerve!The price on
these sets are now up $10 to $15 per release!Releases that are only HALF
seasons to boot!Worse,think back!Season One had 39 episodes,20 and 19
per half or volume release!In case you dont know,Season 3 only has 26
total episodes - Twenty -Six!That means 13 stinking episodes per volume!
ENOUGH is ENOUGH!Boycott this garbage.This Season Three should be
released as ONE full season or the retail price should be $30 - not $50!!
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At $35 to $37 for a full season of Mission Impossible, Paramount makes a hefty profit particularly when you consider that the primary costs are for the discs, case and artwork. At $70 a season for Perry Mason, which is double what they sell Mission Impossible, the studio is simply feeding their greed off of Perry Mason fans.
But wait, there is an alternative.
All 9 seasons, 271 episodes, are now available on-line for a price of from $120 to $160.
I recently saw Star Trek Voyager offered by one of these companies and the picture and sound quality are excellent.
If I'm lucky enough to live another 7 years to purchase the remaining 14 box sets of Perry Mason released by Paramount I would have spent nearly $700!
98% of the comments on this page have told Paramount that we've had enough of the exorbitant prices and excruciating slow releases for Perry Mason.
I and most everyone else who has written comments on this page for the past several months has given Paramount a more than fair opportunity to adjust their policy.
Paramount seems to be tone deaf, Nothing has changed. But for me it has.
So this is to inform you that wish to know that there is an alternative to Paramount's arrogance.
Google Perry Mason and you will find other and better options including the opportunity to purchase the entire nine seasons, legal copies, for under $160. Look for the sites that only sell items that state that these items are in the public domain. They say if you have evidence that they are not then notify them and they will remove the item(s).
I am not telling people to order these items only saying that there are other options from the outrageous prices and slow releases from this studio. Anyone interested in these options should research them on their own and determine the legality and quality before making any decision.
My only intent is to try and help those who cannot afford the money or the wait for more Perry Mason.
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