Perry Mason - Season 4, Vol .1

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Overview

Several of the episodes in Perry Mason's fourth season did without the services of costar William Talman (aka luckless prosecutor Hamilton Burger), who as a result of a wild and highly publicized party at his home was fired from the series by CBS. Raymond Burr, who of course headed the cast as defense attorney Perry Mason, rallied his coworkers Barbara Hale, William Hopper and Ray Collins, demanded that Talman be reinstated, threatening to quit the show himself unless CBS reversed its decision. Ultimately of ...
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Overview

Several of the episodes in Perry Mason's fourth season did without the services of costar William Talman (aka luckless prosecutor Hamilton Burger), who as a result of a wild and highly publicized party at his home was fired from the series by CBS. Raymond Burr, who of course headed the cast as defense attorney Perry Mason, rallied his coworkers Barbara Hale, William Hopper and Ray Collins, demanded that Talman be reinstated, threatening to quit the show himself unless CBS reversed its decision. Ultimately of course, Talman was rehired, but not before such guest actors as Walter Burke and Paul Fix filled the gap by portraying various one-shot prosecutors. Outside of these backstage intrigues, Season Four was distinguished by a wealth of familiar faces in the supporting-player category, beginning with a young Robert Redford in the season opener "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee" and including in later episodes such future Oscar winners as Louise Fletcher and James Coburn. Also seen were quite a few TV-series stalwarts, including Sue Randall (Miss Landers on Leave It to Beaver), Connie Hines (Carol Post on Mister Ed), John Banner (Sgt. Schultz on Hogan's Heroes), Adam West (Batman himself) and Gavin McLeod (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mister Ed). Despite a shaky start, the season ended on a high note, with Raymond Burr winning his second Emmy Award.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • UPC: 097368940048
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 13:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,585

Scene Index

Disc #2 -- Perry Mason, Season 4, Vol. 1
1. Chapter 1 [:42]
2. Chapter 2 [4:59]
3. Chapter 3 [12:19]
4. Chapter 4 [12:06]
5. Chapter 5 [9:14]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [1:23]
8. Chapter 8 [1:17]
9. Chapter 9 [:42]
10. Chapter 10 [2:50]
11. Chapter 11 [10:09]
12. Chapter 12 [11:45]
13. Chapter 13 [15:11]
14. Chapter 14 [8:33]
15. Chapter 15 [1:29]
16. Chapter 16 [1:16]
17. Chapter 17 [:42]
18. Chapter 18 [3:04]
19. Chapter 19 [13:55]
20. Chapter 20 [13:13]
21. Chapter 21 [9:26]
22. Chapter 22 [9:16]
23. Chapter 23 [1:04]
24. Chapter 24 [1:17]
25. Chapter 25 [:42]
26. Chapter 26 [4:19]
27. Chapter 27 [11:28]
28. Chapter 28 [11:35]
29. Chapter 29 [11:19]
30. Chapter 30 [9:40]
31. Chapter 31 [1:37]
32. Chapter 32 [1:17]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Perry Mason: Season 4, Vol. 1
   The Case of The Treacherous Toupee
   The Cast of The Credulous Quarry
   The Case of The Ill-Fated Faker
   The Cast of The Singular Double
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Disc #2 -- Perry Mason, Season 4, Vol. 1
   The Case of The Lavender Lipstick
   The Case of The Wandering Widow
   The Case of The Clumsy Clown
   The Case of The Provacative Protégé
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   Menu Group #1 with 32 chapter(s) covering 03:28:02
Disc #3 -- Perry Mason: Season 4, Vol. 1
   The Case of The Nine Dolls
   The Case of The Loquacious Liar
   The Case of The Red Riding Boots
   The Case of The Larcenous Lady
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Disc #4 -- Perry Mason: Season 4, Vol. 1
   The Case of The Envious Editor
   The Case of The Resolute Reformer
   The Case of The Fickle Fortune
   The Case of The Waylaid Wolf
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Finally, no errors in timing

    They've got it in order now. All the episodes are full length, nothing missing. Sixteen episodes, with three appearing earlier in DVD format, six more on CBS tape, so we get seven never before available except personal off-the-air tapings.
    This then is the only source for those of us who want Perry Mason complete. Also, no interrupting commercials.
    Buy it to encourage CBS-Paramount to continue on to the later seasons, Six and on, each with 20 or more episodes never released on tape or DVD.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Perry Mason

    Since I was lying in bed in the 1950s and could hear the shows I was not able to stay up and watch,Perry Mason was one I distinctly remember.I watched it in reruns in the 1960s and began reading the original books in the 1970s.Erle Stanley Gardner,the author,was a fascinating man in his own right and soon I could not get enough of the books or shows.I have all the remade dvds and will continue to collect them as they are released.The cast,crew and everyone involved was topnotch and the author even remarked that Raymond Burr brought to life the character of Perry Mason exactly as he wrote of it for years.Long live 1950s black and white tv,truly the golden age of television.......

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Shot of Adrenaline

    Perhaps because of the absence of Hamilton Burger, some additional life seemed to be added to the beginning of this particular set of a reliably enjoyable series. The plots and writing seemed more lively than usual.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Lawyer/Detective Show EVER!!

    Perry Mason is the archetype of all lawyer shows. Yes, it's from about 50 years ago and in black-and white, but so what? It's still the best. You'll enjoy all the twists and shock endings about as much as Hamilton Burger (the D.A.) doesn't. Question: Is Burger really such a bad D.A. or is he just trying too hard to beat Perry? Answer: I think he's trying too hard. If he were really that bad against everyone he'd have been fired (if appointed) or ordered not to run (if elected). Police Lieutenent Arthur Tragg is a very good cop, honest and hardworking. Two nice things about him--1) he respects Perry and 2) he learns from him. TRragg's investigations have definitely improved over the course of the series. Paul Drake is Perry's private detective. He's very good at his job. Perry Mason himself is the ultimate defense lawyer. He's always calm and unflustered no matter what happens around him. He always believes in his clients and their innocence (even when they lie to him, which they usually do). He not only gets his clients acquitted, he gets them cleared by exposing the true murderer. Older people will rmember the seires from either its original run in the '50s and '60s or from syndication. Younger people: think Matlock, only 30 years younger and stronger and tougher. Get the entire series; they're good for the entire family to watch together. One note for parents: Everyone smokes. Point out to your kids that it was cool then, but it's yucch now.

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