Perry Mason
09/21/57 - 09/04/66 aired on CBS
Perry Mason (Raymond Burr, pictured above right) is one of the best defense attorneys around. Della Street (Barbara Hale) is his confidential secretary and Gertie (Connie Cezon) is his receptionist. Paul Drake (William Hopper) is the owner of the Paul Drake Detective Agency. He helps Perry out obtaining valuable information. Hamilton Burger (William Talman, pictured above left) is the District Attorney who battles Perry in the courtroom.
Lt. Arthur Tragg (Ray Collins, pictured above) works with Hamilton Burger and is with the Police Department's Homicide Division.

(episode unknown) At a restaurant, Perry is talking about Hamilton Burger. "One order of crow for the gentleman. He'll eat it here."

09/21/57 Restless Redhead. First episode. Whitney Blake, Vaughn Taylor, Gloria Henry.

03/08/58 The Case of the Empty Tin - Perry: "Come on Hamilton, I'll buy you a drink." Hamilton: "Yeah."

05/31/58 The Case Of The Lazy Lover - Pictured above, District Attorney Hamilton Burger (William Talman) had a cigarette and a classic exchange with Defense Attorney Perry Mason (Raymond Burr).

William Talman (color picture) had lung cancer when he did this antismoking public service announcement in color. A much longer version of this message is on the DVD, 50th Anniversary Edition Perry Mason.

06/21/58 The Case Of The Terrified Typist - Pictured above, District Attorney Hamilton Burger (William Talman) has a moment with a big smile.

02/21/59 The Case of the Jaded Joker - A TV comedian is eliminated from a deal thanks to an advertising man. A friend of the comedian is accused of murdering the ad man. Frankie Laine (Danny Ross in this episode) sang the theme for the TV show "Rawhide".

Bobby Troup: played Buzzie in this episode; composed and played the Jaded Joker Theme for this episode; was married to Julie London; was the composer of the song "Get Your Kicks On Route 66"; his daughter, Ronne Troup, played Polly Williams Douglas on "My Three Sons".

03/07/59 The Case of the Caretaker's Cat - The death of a man (Anthony Jochim) is faked to see what the heirs would do in that situation. The man's caretaker (Benson Fong) assists in this plan, but is charged with the man's murder. John Agar is in this episode. He was married to Shirley Temple.

04/18/59 The Case of the Calendar Girl - Pictured above, Frank Fettridge (Dean Harens) and Perry Mason (Raymond Burr). Things go wrong for a contractor after he has a car accident with a pin-up model.

06/13/59 The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom - This episode opens differently. The camera zooms into the file that Perry Mason is holding, the picture freezes, and the credits appear, showing the names of Barbara Hale, William Hopper and Ray Collins. William Talman's name is not there. Talman and Ray Collins do not appear in this episode. The courtoom scene takes place in San Diego intead of Los Angeles.

09/16/61 The Case of the Impatient Partner - Wesley Lau appears as Amory Fallon, the defendant.

10/07/61 The Case of the Malicious Mariner - According to imdb, Wesley Lau first appears as Lt. Andy Anderson in this episode, and does so in numerous episodes through the end of the 1964-65 season.

02/06/64 The Case of the Bountiful Beauty was directed by Irving J. Moore, who also directed several "Dallas" episodes. Ryan O'Neal, Jean Carson, Douglas Fowley, John Zaremba.

05/22/66 Final Fade-Out. Last episode. Richard Anderson, Estelle Winwood, Jackie Coogan, Denver Pyle, Dick Clark, Erle Stanley Gardner.

During the following seasons, Perry Mason was in the top 25 rated programs.
Oct. 58-Apr. 59, #19, 27.5 rating, Sat. 7:30-8:30
Oct. 59-Apr. 60, #10, 28.3 rating, Sat. 7:30-8:30
Oct. 60-Apr. 61, #16, 24.9 rating, Sat. 7:30-8:30
Oct. 61-Apr. 62, #5, 27.3 rating, Sat. 7:30-8:30
Oct. 62-Apr. 63, #23, 22.4 rating, Thu. 8:00-9:00
In the 62-63 season, Perry Mason was moved from its time slot that it had during its first five seasons on the air. This resulted in a big drop in its program #. The Jackie Gleason Show replaced Perry Mason in that same Saturday time slot. Perry Mason was moved to Thursdays 8:00-9:00. During its last three seasons on the air, Perry Mason never again entered the top 25, while The Jackie Gleason Show was in the top 25 all of those same seasons. I think Perry Mason should have been allowed to keep its time slot throughout its network run. It's an incredible show.

09/16/73 - 01/27/74. The New Perry Mason (TV series on CBS).

12/01/85 Perry Mason Returns. TV movie. Della is accused of murder. William Katt (son of Barbara Hale) as Paul Drake Jr., Richard Anderson (Lt. Steve Drumm from Perry Mason) as Ken Braddock.

1987 Perry Mason TV Show Book

05/05/92 Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo. TV movie. William R. Moses as Ken Malansky, Geraldo Rivera as Ted Mayne, Tracy Nelson as Charley Adams, Priscilla Barnes as Brenda Kingsley, Kenneth Kimmins as D.A. Randall Thatcher. Tracy Nelson and William R. Moses were married in real life. Tracy is the daughter of Ricky Nelson from TV's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

11/29/93 Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss. TV movie. This was the last Perry Mason TV movie Raymond Burr was in. He passed on 09/12/93.

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03/02/00 Raymond Burr: The Case Of The TV Legend. Documentary on Raymond Burr.

07/11/06 Perry Mason - Season One, Vol. 1

11/21/06 Perry Mason - Season One, Vol. 2

11/21/06 Perry Mason - Season One, Vols. 1 & 2

06/19/07 Perry Mason - Season Two, Vol. 1

11/13/07 Perry Mason - Season Two, Vol. 2

04/08/08 50th Anniversary Edition Perry Mason

08/19/08 Perry Mason - Season 3, Vol. 1

12/02/08 Perry Mason - The Third Season - Vol. 2

06/09/09 Perry Mason: Season 4, Vol. 1

12/08/09 Perry Mason: Season Four, Vol. 2

12/08/09 Perry Mason: Seasons 1-4

04/20/10 Perry Mason: Season Five, Vol. 1

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