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Perry Mason: Season 1 (1957-1958)

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Classic courtroom drama about an L.A. lawyer (adapted from author Erle Stanley Gardner's novels) who seemed incapable of losing a case, thanks to his brilliant deductive reasoning and his uncanny ability to break witnesses on the stand. The formula was as predictable as the verdict, but the long-running series (nine seasons) was crisply paced and beautifully acted. Nearly 20 years after the series ended, Raymond Burr returned to his Emmy-winning role in a number of successful TV-movies.

Cast

Raymond Burr
as Perry Mason
Barbara Hale
as Della Street
William Talman
as Hamilton Burger
William Hopper
as Paul Drake
Connie Cezon
as Gertie Lade
Jack Gargan
as Court Clerk
Robert Osterloh
as Morey Allen
Alan Marshal
as James Kincaid alias Duane Jefferson
Gary Vinson
as Marv Adams
Jean Willes
as Anita Bonsai
Judith Braun
as Carol Leeds, aka Carol Stanley
Mary LaRoche
as Victoria Braxton
Peggy Knudsen
as Sheila Bowers
Frank Wilcox
as Judge Markham
Morris Ankrum
as Judge Hoyt
James Bell
as Jeremiah Josiah Stanley
Brian G. Hutton
as Rod Gleason
Grandon Rhodes
as Judge Kippen
Ray Collins
as Lt. Arthur Tragg
Jack H. Harris
as Court Clerk
Sydney Smith
as Judge Donahue
Hillary Brooke
as Doris Cole
Peggy Maley
as Lola Florey
Carol Leigh
as Veronica
Geraldine Wall
as Abigail Esther Leeds
Luis Van Rooten
as Samuel D. Carlin
Osa Massen
as Lisa Gebhardt Bannister
Fred E. Sherman
as Albert Sanders
Stewart Bradley
as Frank Lawton
Irene Hervey
as Helen Bartlett
Carl Betz
as Dr. Ralph Chandler
Anthony Jochim
as Elston Carr
Peggy McCay
as Stephanie
Anna Lee
as Lucille
James Maloney
as Dr. Renault
Virginia Gregg
as Sheila Cromwell
Carleton Young
as David Reed
Pierre Watkin
as Judge Keetley
William Roerick
as Bruce Granger
Douglas Dick
as Dane Grover
Hugh Sanders
as Callender
Grant Richards
as Jerry Heywood
L.Q. Jones
as Barnaby
Jack Weston
as Fred Calvert
Carol Kelly
as Lois Reed
Don Randolph
as Steven Argyle
Barbara Lawrence
as Ellen Waring
Mari Aldon
as Anne Brent
Edgar Stehli
as Daniel Reed
Jane Buchanan
as Mrs. Boles
John Archer
as Frank Maddox
Caroline Leigh
as Veronica Dale
Douglas Kennedy
as Sgt. Jaffrey
Tom Palmer
as Shelby
June Vincent
as Martha Rayburn
Joan Elan
as Mrs. Lumis
Anne Barton
as Mildred
Al Hopson
as Richard Ellis
Gertrude Michael
as Helen Rucker
Robin Hughes
as Addison Doyle
Paul Picerni
as Charles Gallagher
Yvonne Craig
as Patricia Faxon
R.G. Armstrong
as Matthew Bartlett
Clark Howat
as Policeman
Gilbert Frye
as Marshall
Lee Miller
as Deputy Sheriff
Nolan Leary
as Judge Meehan
Robert Griffin
as Arthur Crinston
Walter Coy
as Lester Newburn
John Hubbard
as Michael Greeley
Olive Deering
as Rebecca Gentrie
Claude Akins
as Philip Dix
Berry Kroeger
as Eugene Jarech
Ludwig Stossel
as Otto Kessler
John Stephenson
as Ed Davenport
Marc Krah
as George Fayette
Denver Pyle
as Robert Crane
Harry Townes
as Fleetwood
Bruce Cowling
as Bradford
Dan Riss
as Arthur West
Murray Hamilton
as John Davis Hale
Edward Norris
as George Gordon
Ralph Dumke
as Roland Carter
Richard Hale
as George Lutz
Don Beddoe
as Norris
Peggy Converse
as Myrtle Northrup
Whit Bissell
as Larry Sands
Scott Elliott
as Arthur Sheldon
Jeanette Nolan
as Angela Kirby
Robert Simon
as Edward Bannister
Fay Wray
as Ethel
Michael Fox
as Dr. Hoxie
Fay Roope
as Judge
Barry Atwater
as Dr. Denair
Ralph Moody
as George L. Ballard
Maurice Wells
as Andrew Dale
Gail Kobe
as Margo
Jonathan Hole
as Arthur Williams
Susan Dorn
as Louise
Lyle Talbot
as Garvin Sr.
Dick Rich
as Holcomb
Victor Sutherland
as Clyde Waters
James Anderson
as Peter Handsell
Susan Morrow
as Arlene Dowling
Fredd Wayne
as Ernie Tanner
Jan Arvan
as Pierre
Don Durant
as Gary Marshall
Grant Withers
as Stewart Brent
Robert Cornthwaite
as Herbert Dean
Olive Sturgess
as Frances Celane
Sidney Clute
as Frederick Arms
Tina Carver
as Sylvia Bain
Johnny Mack Brown
as Warner Griffith
Ned Wever
as Joe Gibbs
John Hoyt
as Harrison
Jack Raine
as George Baxter
Norman Leavitt
as Mr. Redfield
Dan Seymour
as Marlowe
Anna Navarro
as Coterro
Ruta Lee
as Connie
Wally Brown
as Harry Mitchell
Gloria Henry
as Helene Chaney
Helen Mowery
as Lucille
John Holland
as Carver L. Clement
Rebecca Welles
as Rita Norge
Francis McDonald
as Capt. Noble
Carole Mathews
as Cora Dunbar
Mary Shipp
as Miriam Hocksley
Betty Utey
as Kim Lane
Philip Ober
as Ralph Davis
Fay Spain
as Charlotte
Andra Martin
as Lorraine Stevens
Karl Held
as David Gideon
James Gavin
as Jerome Keddie
James Seay
as Hollister
Robert Burton
as Dr. W. Fremont
Ann McCrea
as Margo Gavin
Kitty Kelly
as Millie Foster
Paul Cavanaugh
as Edgar Ferrell
Helen Westcott
as Marcia Greeley
Frances Helm
as Bernice Archer
Jeanne Bates
as Western Union Clerk
Paul Hahn
as Ballistics Man
Henry Corden
as Nikolides
Charles Lane
as Dr. Williams
Howard Wendell
as Judge Brian C. Purley
Joi Lansing
as Vera Payson
Helen Brown
as Mrs. Strome
Ann Doran
as Claire
Wesley Lau
as Lt. Anderson
Eve McVeagh
as Nora Fleming
Harlan Warde
as Harold Hanley
Judith Ames
as Marian Shaw
Simon Scott
as George Metcalf
Tom Browne Henry
as Ralph Duncan
Jean Howell
as Vinnie Dean
Betty Lou Gerson
as Agnes Sims
Paul Langton
as Harry Vance
Jason Johnson
as Judge Ellsworth
Wendell Holmes
as Dr. Forbes
Robin Raymond
as Secretary
Gavin Gordon
as Capt. Walters
Ray Walker
as Salesman
Harry Hickox
as Philip Kendall
William Challee
as Mr. Medford
Forrest Lewis
as Dr. Murray
John Brinkley
as Jasper Fenton
Richard Anderson
as Lt. Steve Drumm
Claudia Bryar
as Ruth Marvel
Henry Hunter
as Dr. Rubin
Eve Miller
as Nora Kelly
Abraham Sofaer
as Dr. Maitland
Alan Dexter
as Dr. Cortley
Len Hendry
as Officer
Nancy Kulp
as Sarah Winslow
Richard Gaines
as Judge Treadwell
Addison Richards
as George Lansing
Herb Vigran
as Charlie
Otto Waldis
as John Lowell
Olive Blakeney
as Mrs. Adams
Eric Sinclair
as Mark Cushing
Perry Ivins
as Print Man
Dennis King Jr.
as Dr. Hanover
Arthur Hanson
as Lt. Brewer
Richard Benedict
as Steve Daniels
Bert Holland
as Dr. Morton
Jacqueline Holt
as Christine
Sid Tomack
as Victor Kowalski
Gene Craft
as Helene
Hank Patterson
as Jack Gilly
Dawn Richard
as Ginger Kay
Helene Stanley
as Receptionist
Maurice Manson
as Dr. Granby
Walter Reed
as Det. Myers
K.L. Smith
as Joe Raymond
Howard Petrie
as Ben Parker
Louise Lorimer
as Miss Eastman
Billy Snyder
as Stickman
Paul Bryar
as Sgt. Wilbur
Jamie Forster
as Judge Norwood
Robin Morse
as Dr. Mitchell
Steven Geray
as Korbell
Sam Gilman
as George Danvers
Charles Davis
as Dr. J. Meecham
Jack Lomas
as Sgt. Brewster
Dan Tobin
as Terrence Clay
Nesdon Booth
as Mr. Hartsel
Brett Halsey
as Robert Finchley
Alan Gifford
as Dr. Fisher
Tyler McVey
as Sam Elkins
Donald Foster
as H.B. Varnell
Michael Mason
as Larry Coles
Chet Stratton
as Mr. Alcorn
Helen Mayon
as Mary Thompson
Rusty Lane
as Chief Glass
Douglas Evans
as Don Ralston
Robert Tafur
as Martinez
Lyle Latell
as Officer
Robert McQueeney
as Dr. L.J. Palmer
Ivan Bonar
as Det. Marlowe
Phil Arnold
as Apartment Manager
Stanley Farrar
as Accountant
Janet Stewart
as Reporter
Harry Tyler
as Court Clerk
Jon Locke
as Sam Elliott
Charles Tannen
as Night Clerk
George Davis
as Frederick
Frank Jenks
as Cab Driver
William Quinn
as Christopher Walsh
Paul Genge
as Det. Davis
Cy Malis
as Garage Attendant
John Harmon
as Lab Man
Troy Melton
as Patrolman
Joseph Mell
as Stand Owner
Ed Hinton
as Sheriff Daley
Dick Ryan
as Mr. Hill
Martha Wentworth
as Motel Manager
James F. Stone
as Jury Foreman
Richard Aherne
as Dr. Norris
Leonard Bell
as Taxi Driver
George Cisar
as Mr. Wickett
Max Wagner
as Janitor
Richard Bull
as Court Reporter
Larry Thor
as Police Surgeon
John Pickard
as Sgt. Neil
Joe Dominguez
as Carlos Figueroa
Fred Graham
as Sheriff
Philip Tonge
as Cortland
Howard Culver
as Dr. Hawley
Sydney Mason
as Det. Ralston
Herbert C. Lytton
as Dr. Lambert
Frankie Darro
as Elevator Operator
Ashley Cowan
as Messenger
Robert Karnes
as Det. Purvis
Marian Collier
as Attendant
Red Morgan
as Muscleman
Joe Forte
as Dr. Creel
William Remick
as Herbert Walker
George Eldredge
as Fenton Thompson
Ed Stevlingson
as Mr. Henry
Lee Roberts
as Det. Ron Jacks
Carlyle Mitchell
as Dr. Desmond
Mike Kopcha
as Police Photographer
Ray Kellogg
as Detective
Steve Carruthers
as Duane Jefferson
John Mitchum
as Operative
Gail Bonney
as Harriet
Helen Hatch
as Secretary
Dick Winslow
as Reporter
Jann Darlyn
as Miss Carling
Leo Needham
as Off. Norton
Charles Franc
as Mr. Curtis
John Alvin
as Sam Walsh
Ted Stanhope
as Court Clerk
Sam Flint
as Mr. Rector
Johnny Sands
as Charter Pilot
Lida Piazza
as Miss Wilson
Olan Soule
as Teller
Joe Quinn
as Fire Chief
Shirley Buchanan
as Drake's Telephone Operator
Don Anderson
as Policeman
Rickie Sorensen
as Arthur Lindner
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Critic Reviews for Perry Mason: Season 1

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

An hour is a comfortable length of time in which to snarl up a situation and ravel it without too much excess motion. Raymond Burr, in the role of the private eye and lawyer, struck me as thoroughly fit and competent for the part.

March 5, 2021 | Full Review…

Just a slow prolongation of the usual half-hour agony. Raymond Burr... gave a sterling performance as Perry Mason. It wasn't enough to hypo a script padded with lengthy, irrelevant conversations.

March 5, 2021 | Full Review…

It is easily the best detective serial made thus far in this country... Mr. Burr's portrayal, in the courtroom scenes, has stature and sincerity. He, and the others connected with the program, are giving us an interesting homicidal puzzle.

March 5, 2021 | Full Review…

The stories are not even interesting; they are just hack work, the complicated unravelling of crimes that do not seem to matter, among people without character in scenes without colour. The whole thing might have come out of a can.

March 5, 2021 | Full Review…

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