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Perry Mason - A brief history of law!
By James Whittington, Sunday 19th April 2020
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It's the legal drama that set the bench-mark for all others and made a global star of its lead. Running from 1957 until 1966, Perry Mason gripped nations around the world, gave Raymond Burr the character he would be forever identified with and ran longer than any other legal based drama.

Perry Mason was created by Erle Stanley Gardner who first brought the brilliant criminal-defense lawyer to life in 1933 in the book The Case of the Velvet Claws. Mason would go on to appear in over 80 books and was soon adapted for radio and movies, but it was when the character came to TV that Mason become a phenomenon.

The cases were usually won by way of pivotal confessions of witnesses, solicited by Perry Mason's (Burr) surgeon-like examination or with last-minute, key evidence brought into the courtroom by private investigator, Paul Drake (William Hopper). Della Street (Barbara Hale), Perry´s faithful secretary, was always at Perry's side in the courtroom where hapless Hamilton Burger (William Tallman) was the Los Angeles District Attorney who never seemed to win.

Over the years, the series gave many of Hollywood's biggest stars their first big break. Talent such as Adam West, Barbara Bain and DeForest Kelly all had parts over the original run of the series.

Though the series would keep returning over the years and a remake still on the cards, it is this version of the character that keeps viewers hooked.

Perry Mason, weeknights from 6pm on CBS Justice.


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