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Perry Mason: 1958

Perry Mason: 1958

April 4, 1958. "Photographs show actor Raymond Burr filming his television show Perry Mason with co-star Barbara Hale and others. Also includes Burr memoriz­ing lines with dialogue director Don Gardner; with executive producer Gail Pat­rick. Also Burr entertaining friends at his Malibu, Calif., home; feeding and playing with his pet dogs, duck, and burro; at the beach; helping move a large tree at the Mor­gan Nurseries." From photos by Maurice Terrell and Robert Vose for the Look magazine assignment "Raymond Burr: Perry Mason's prisoner." View full size.

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Amana love

Della Street is so awesome that I am proud to own an old Radarange cookbook.

Only Loss

Perry Mason Esq only lost one case, 'The Deadly Verdict', October 17 1963, and as The New York Times said after reviewing the preshow hype and writing that Perry would lose: "Presumably this is the first time in six years that . . . Burr has been called upon to register surprise."

[Three, actually. Sort of. -tterrace]

USO gig

When I was stationed on Guam, 1953-54, Raymond Burr came with a USO troupe. He was emcee and did a funny skit that would be R-rated today. The guys loved it.

The Perry Mason Drinking Game

As the story unfolds, answer the following questions:

1. Who gets killed? (hint: nobody nice).
2. Who gets falsely accused?
3. Who did it?
4. How did Perry know?

Special bonus question: is the confession going to be a bang ("I could have killed him a hundred times!") or a whimper ("I had to do it. Don't you see ... I had to")?

Brought to you by the Perry Mason fan club, a disorganized organization whose efforts have resulted in Raymond Burr being the most popular actor on Netflix.

3 Weeks Later

"The Case of the Gilded Lily" aired May 24, 1958, on CBS opposite The Dick Clark Show on ABC, and Art Linkletter's People are Funny on NBC.

Lassie's Mom?

I was sure that was June Lockhart directly behind Burr, so I looked her up on IMDB to see if she had ever been in a Perry Mason episode. She had, but in 1964. I still think that might her in the photo -- maybe uncredited?

[That's Barbara Baxley. -tterrace]

A stalwart

of Sunday night television in the UK in the sixties.

The Case of the Venerable Venue

"Perry Mason" was filmed at Charlie Chaplin Studios on La Brea Avenue.

Very Perry

I had always thought it strange that he jumped into the part of suave Perry Mason, remembering him previously playing smaller parts as a sleazy/slovenly type in Westerns, etc. He almost didn't get the part because he was too heavy, and therefore went on a severe diet, losing the weight to capture the part. When he auditioned, author Earl Erle Stanley Gardner shouted, "That's him! That's Mason!" My mother never missed an episode.

The Case of the Fiery Fingers?

Broadcast 5/3/1958? If I'm wrong, please don't hold me in contempt, Judge!!!

[Nope. Next! - Dave]

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