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.12: The Case of the Negligent Nymph
Perry Mason and Paul Drake are on a fishing trip when they spot a young woman named Sally Fenner being pursued by vicious guard dogs on an island estate. The only way Sally can avoid being chewed up by the dogs is to jump into the water and swim for it. Perry and Paul pull Sally out of the drink and Perry ends up defending her on a murder charge.
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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