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Perry Mason is a fictional defense attorney who originally appeared in novels by Erle Stanley Gardner. Portrayed by Raymond Burr in the television series on CBS from 1957 to 1966, the general plot always involves Perry Mason unmasking the actual murderer in a final dramatic courtroom showdown.

Perry was assisted by his secretary, Della Street (Barbara Hale) and always thorough Private Detective, Paul Drake (William Hopper), along with Gertie Lade, Mason's receptionist, played by Connie Cezan.

Often slow-witted Lieutenant Arthur Tragg (Ray Collins 1957-1965 ) was always trying to trip up Mason, who often walked a fine line to help his clients. But, Mason always outwitted Tragg. District Attorney Hamilton Burger(William Talman) was no match for Perry's quick thinking and mastery of the law and courtroom dramatics.

Perry Mason was a highly unrealistic portrayal of the criminal justice system, and some of the structure of the television show was dictated by the motion picture and television codes of the 1950s which required an ending in which justice was served and in which the police and judicial institutions were not questioned (see Production Code). However, the show was a favorite of many because it did feature justice for anyone who happened to be lucky enough to retain Mason as their attorney.

The title song, "Park Avenue Beat" by Fred Steiner, is one of television's most recognizable themes.

An unsuccessful attempt to recreate the series, The New Perry Mason starring Monte Markham, was made in 1973, but it only lasted one season. Burr came back with a very successful series of Perry Mason TV movies from 1985 through 1993.

Warren William starred in a series of Perry Mason movies from 1934 through 1936, and Donald Woods starred in the 1937 The Case of the Stuttering Bishop.

The character also appeared in radio adaptations, comic books, and a short lived (October 16, 1950-June 21, 1952) comic strip. He was also the inspiration for The Whole Truth (1986) by James Cummins, a book length collection of sestinas.

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> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing May 22, 1966
Premiere September 21, 1957
Episodes 271
Network CBS
Format/Time Black & White / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
> Cast 
Karl Held....   David Gideon (1961-1962)
Barbara Hale....   Della Street
William Talman....   Hamilton Burger
Wesley Lau....   Lt. Andy Anderson (1961-1965)
Ray Collins....   Lt. Arthur Tragg (1957-1965)
Richard Anderson....   Lt. Steve Drumm (1965-1966)
William Hopper....   Paul Drake
Raymond Burr....   Perry Mason

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Season 1, Volume 1 (Paramount Home Entertainment)
(July 11, 2006) Buy It (USA) (Canada)
Season 1, Vol. 2 (Paramount Home Entertainment)
(November 21, 2006)
 


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