Raymond Burr as Perry Mason; Ray Collins as Police Lt. Arthur Tragg; William Hopper as Paul Drake; Barbara Hale as Della Street; Don Anderson as Nightclub Patron; William Talman as Hamilton Burger; Wesley Lau as Police Lt. Andy Anderson; Lee Miller as Police Sgt. Brice; Willis Bouchey as Judge; Paul Bradley as Businessman; Kenneth MacDonald as Judge; Douglass Dumbrille as Judge; S. John Launer as Judge; Douglas Evans as Magistrate; Grandon Rhodes as Judge
NR (Not Rated)
Howard Schwartz; John M. Nickolaus Jr.
There are few actors so closely tied to a persona than Raymond Burr as Perry Mason. This long-running series was built upon Erle Stanley Gardnerï¿½s many novels about a brilliant defense lawyer and his staff, that solved many a crime with surprise witnesses and stern cross-examinations.It was the first mystery series to feature chalk or tape outlines to mark the spots where bodies were found. Filmed almost exclusively in the Los Angeles area, Raymond Burr had Gardner's seal of approval in the role. The cases were usually won by way of pivotal confessions of witnesses, solicited by Perry Mason (Burr's) surgeon-like examination or with last-minute, key evidence brought into the courtroom by private investigator, Paul Drake (William Hopper). Della Street (Barbara Hale), Perryï¿½s 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. As to the myth that Perry Mason never