Perry Mason - Season 1, Vol. 1

Perry Mason - Season 1, Vol. 1

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Cast: Raymond Burr, William Hopper, William Talman


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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A truly groundbreaking show combining murder mystery with courtroom drama, Perry Mason wasn't just a success -- it was a bona fide phenomenon. It exerted tremendous influence not only on viewers (who made it one of the early examples of "appointment TV") but on producers of other prime-time series as well. Perry's format was copied repeatedly in succeeding years, as was the show's practice of stuffing each episode with easily recognizable character actors and former feature-film stars. Brilliantly cast against type, erstwhile big-screen heavy Raymond Burr played criminal defense attorney Mason and made the role his own -- so much so that Erle Stanley Gardner, on whose bestselling novels the series was based, subtly changed the printed-page Perry's personality to more closely resemble that of his small-screen counterpart. Costars included Barbara Hale as secretary Della Street, William Hopper as private detective Paul Drake, William Talman as D.A. Hamilton Burger, and Ray Collins as police lieutenant Tragg. This box set collects the first 19 episodes of the 1957-58 season, which included such gems as "The Case of the Sulky Girl," "The Case of the Vagabond Vixen," and "The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink" -- all of them telescoped adaptations of Gardner novels. The format seldom varied: a murder was committed, a wrongly accused person retained Mason to defend him or her, an investigation was conducted, and the guilty party was uncovered during the ensuing trial (usually in a dramatic confrontation between lawyer and witness). Millions of viewers tuned in every week to see if they could outguess Perry and pick out the killer before he did. Back then the guessing game was fun -- and it still is. Watching these old whodunits, you'll be amazed by the extent to which they influenced later series. Their release on DVD is long overdue, and welcomed.

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Disc #1 -- Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 1
   The Case of the Restless Redhead
   The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece
   The Case of the Nervous Accomplice
   The Case of the Drowning Duck
Disc #2 -- Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 1
   The Case of the Sulky Girl
   The Case of the Silent Partner
   The Case of the Angry Mourner
   The Case of the Crimson Kiss
Disc #3 -- Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 1
   The Case of the Vagabond Vixen
   The Case of the Runaway Corpse
   The Case of the Crooked Candle
   The Case of the Negligent Nymph
Disc #4 -- Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 1
   The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink
   The Case of the Baited Hook
   The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse
   The Case of the Demure Defendant
Disc #5 -- Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 1
   The Case of the Sunbather's Diary
   The Case of the Cautious Coquette
   The Case of the Haunted Husband

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