Perry Mason is an attorney who specializes in defending seemingly indefensible cases. With the aid of his secretary Della Street and investigator Paul Drake, he often finds that by digging deeply into the facts, startling facts can be revealed.
Season 1 Ep.01: The Case of the Restless Redhead
This, the First episode of “Perry Mason,” was a real cliff-hanger. Perry drives to the scene of a shooting and finds the police recovering the body of Harry Merrill from a car that went over the side of a mountain. MerriIl has a bullet in his body and a pillowcase over his head. This is a coincidence, because Perry’s client Evelyn Bagby, claims she was chased by a hooded man in a car near the same cliff that day. She fired two shots at the man’s car to scare him off, and now the police want her for murder.
Perry Mason is an attorney who specializes in defending seemingly indefensible cases. With the aid of his secretary Della Street and investigator Paul Drake, he often finds that by digging deeply into the facts, startling facts can be revealed. Often relying on his outstanding courtroom skills, he often tricks or traps people into unwittingly admitting their guilt.
The show is a courtroom drama. In the first half hour, a murder is committed and the police arrest the wrong person. One way or another, Perry is engaged for the defense. A trial (or hearing), ensues. Perry and Paul investigate. The police and prosecution are often confounded by Perry’s fancy footwork and almost illegal shenanigans. Perry solves the case and usually gets the guilty party to break down and confess (often while giving testimony on the witness stand). His client goes free. After the last commercial, Perry and some of the participants in the case get together and all is explained. There were many variations, exotic locales and tricks but this was the basic formula.
Cast and Crew:
* Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
* William Hopper as Paul Drake
* Barbara Hale as Della Street
Creator: Erle Stanley Gardner
Production Company: Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), Paisano Productions, TCF Television Productions
Audio/Visual: mono, black & white
Date Release: 1957
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