Perry Mason

  • Title: Perry Mason – The Case of the Drowning Duck
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Perry Mason - The Case of the Drowning Duck television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to the courtroom of Perry Mason. There are two crimes for Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) to solve in “The Case of the Drowning Duck,” a recent murder in the small California town and a murder from decades before which may have ended in a miscarriage of justice. Mason’s current client is a young man (Gary Vinson) whose mother was being blackmailed by a seedy private investigator (Harry Landers) who discovered the boy’s father was convicted for a murder decades before. Looking into original case, Mason sees several peculiarities which make him question not just what happened in the past but whether or not the town has the right person in custody this time around.

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  • Title: Perry Mason – The Case of the Nervous Accomplice
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Perry Mason - The Case of the Nervous Accomplice television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the courtroom of Perry Mason. Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) is in good form in “The Case of the Nervous Accomplice” as he’s able smartly outthink the prosecution in a murder case long enough to prove his client (Margaret Hayes), who he was helping attempt to salvage her marriage, is innocent of murder. First, with the help of the defendant’s best friend, Mason is able to cloud the testimony of the taxi driver who picked up the woman from the crime scene. Next, he’s able to prove his theory of how the victim was killed providing doubt about the murder weapon. And finally, with more pizazz than the judge (Morris Ankrum) deems necessary, he’s able to stage a recreation in the courtroom to force a confession of the nervous accomplice (Greta Thyssen) to the murder who helped dispose of evidence after the fact.

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  • Title: Perry Mason – The Case of the Sleepwalker’s Niece
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Perry Mason - The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the courtroom of Perry Mason. “The Case of the Sleepwalker’s Niece” has a little of everything. Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) is initially hired to help with a messy divorce when a busman’s unscrupulous partner (John Archer) conspires with the man’s soon-to-be ex-wife (Hillary Brooke) to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, when a member of the household is killed in a way that resembles an earlier sleepwalking incident (one that opens the episode), Mason is soon defending his client (John McNamara) against murder charges.

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  • Title: Perry Mason – The Case of the Restless Redhead
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Perry Mason - The Case of the Restless Redhead television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to the courtroom of Perry Mason. Adapted from Earl Stanley Gardner’s novel of the same name, “The Case of the Restless Redhead” introduced Raymond Burr as defense attorney Perry Mason who became legendary for taking on clients in hopeless situations. Mason’s first client is Evelyn Bagby (Whitney Blake) who someone goes to a great deal of trouble to frame for murder in the opening scenes. Although Paul Drake (William Hopper) is present here, Mason’s loyal private detective, that doesn’t stop the lawyer from doing some snooping of his own in which he discovers a pair of identical handguns and the unlikely truth that his client’s bizarre story of someone planting a gun in her apartment and then frightening her enough to use it on the open road is actually true.

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HBO’s Perry Mason – Chapter One

by Alan Rapp on December 29, 2020

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  • Title: Perry Mason – Chapter One
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HBO's Perry Mason - Chapter One television review

Bearing little to no resemblance to either Erle Stanley Gardner’s original novels nor CBS’ long-running television show, the first episode of HBO’s Perry Mason reimagines the famous defense lawyer Perry Mason as a low-rent private detective (Matthew Rhys) who only steps into the courtroom once, as a witness. Down on his luck, with questionable morals, and in need of money (that he unsuccessfully attempts to extort from a client), Mason accepts a job from an old friend (John Lithgow) to look into a case involving the kidnapping and ransom of a baby that goes horribly wrong.

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