Perry Mason - Season 4, Vol .1

Perry Mason - Season 4, Vol .1

Andrew V. McLaglen, Arthur Marks, Charles F. Haas, Gene Fowler Jr.,

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Several of the episodes in Perry Mason's fourth season did without the services of costar William Talman (aka luckless prosecutor Hamilton Burger), who as a result of a wild and highly publicized party at his home was fired from the series by CBS. Raymond Burr, who of course headed the cast as defense attorney Perry Mason, rallied his coworkers Barbara Hale, William Hopper and Ray Collins, demanded that Talman be reinstated, threatening to quit the show himself unless CBS reversed its decision. Ultimately of course, Talman was rehired, but not before such guest actors as Walter Burke and Paul Fix filled the gap by portraying various one-shot prosecutors. Outside of these backstage intrigues, Season Four was distinguished by a wealth of familiar faces in the supporting-player category, beginning with a young Robert Redford in the season opener "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee" and including in later episodes such future Oscar winners as Louise Fletcher and James Coburn. Also seen were quite a few TV-series stalwarts, including Sue Randall (Miss Landers on Leave It to Beaver), Connie Hines (Carol Post on Mister Ed), John Banner (Sgt. Schultz on Hogan's Heroes), Adam West (Batman himself) and Gavin McLeod (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mister Ed). Despite a shaky start, the season ended on a high note, with Raymond Burr winning his second Emmy Award.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2009
UPC: 0097368940048
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 13:00:00
Sales rank: 12,222

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Raymond Burr Actor
Barbara Hale Actress
Coleen Gray Lorraine Morgan Kendall
Connie Hines Lucy Stevens alias Carole Morgan
Diana Millay Debra Bradford
Ellen Drew Julia Webberly
H.M. Wynant Deputy DA Sampson
Helen Brown Mrs. Hollister
James Coburn Donald Fletcher
Joe Maross Ernest Helming
Katherine Squire Clara Thorpe
Kenneth Tobey Deputy DA Alvin
Maggie Mahoney Linda Osborne
Peggy Converse Sybil Basset
Robert Karnes Deputy DA Chamberlin
Sue Randall Betty Wilkins
Virginia Field Anita Carpenter
Andra Martin Arlene Ferris
Arthur Franz Mayor Henderson
Bert Freed Ken Woodman
Casey Adams Burt Stokes
Cathy O'Donnell Norma Brooks
Douglas Dick Peter Caine
Douglas Henderson Felix Heidemann
Frank Maxwell Joe Dixon
Harry Townes Grosvenor Cutter
James Anderson Stan Piper
Laurie Perreau Peggy Smith
Patricia Breslin Karen Lewis
Philip Abbott Edmond Aitken
Robert Lowery Andrew Collis
Russell Arms Everett Dorrell
William Hopper Actor
Wynn Pearce Lester Martin
Arch Johnson John Ruskin
Barbara Lawrence Lori Stoner
Barry Atwater George Albert
Chana Eden Lisa Franklin
Frances Helm Helene Osborne
John Conwell Richard Hammond
John Hoyt William Harper Caine
Kathie Browne Donna Ross
Louise Fletcher Susan Connolly
Ralph Clanton Roger McClaine
Regis Toomey Sam Crane
Robert Redford Richard Hart
Shirley Ballard Rita Conover
Vaughn Taylor Ralph Duncan
Whit Bissell Max Pompey
William Campbell Jim Ferris
William Talman Actor
Cindy Robbins Teddi Hart
Corey Allen Rennie Foster
Dean Harens Riley Morgan
Francis X. Bushman Courtney Jeffers
Gregory Morton David Carpenter
Jeanne Baird Marge Fuller
John Lupton Peter Nichols
June Dayton Alice Gorman
Mary Webster Marjorie Ralston
Phillip Terry Lawrence Kent
Rebecca Welles Edith Bristol
Robert Brown Frank Sykes
Robert Clarke Jerry Franklin
Vinton Hayworth Marvin Claridge,Wendell Harding
Virginia Christine Helen Duncan
Alan Baxter Whitney Locke
Bruce Gordon Judson Bailey
Byron Palmer Charles Sistrom
Howard Petrie Carl Gorman
Hugh Sanders Warren Donner
Jeanette Nolan Martha Benson
Patricia Huston Mona Henderson
Philip Ober Peter Dawson
Richard Deacon Wilmer Beaslee
Rita Lynn Myra Heston
Robert Casper Charley Nickels
Tony Travis Loring Lamont
Virginia Carroll Mrs. Welch
Walter Reed Alexander Hill
Walter Sande Judson Curtis

Technical Credits
Andrew V. McLaglen Director
Arthur Marks Director
Charles F. Haas Director
Gene Fowler Director
James Sheldon Director
Laslo Benedek Director
Richard Kinon Director
William D. Russell Director
William F. Claxton Director

Scene Index

Disc #2 -- Perry Mason, Season 4, Vol. 1
1. Chapter 1 [:42]
2. Chapter 2 [4:59]
3. Chapter 3 [12:19]
4. Chapter 4 [12:06]
5. Chapter 5 [9:14]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [1:23]
8. Chapter 8 [1:17]
9. Chapter 9 [:42]
10. Chapter 10 [2:50]
11. Chapter 11 [10:09]
12. Chapter 12 [11:45]
13. Chapter 13 [15:11]
14. Chapter 14 [8:33]
15. Chapter 15 [1:29]
16. Chapter 16 [1:16]
17. Chapter 17 [:42]
18. Chapter 18 [3:04]
19. Chapter 19 [13:55]
20. Chapter 20 [13:13]
21. Chapter 21 [9:26]
22. Chapter 22 [9:16]
23. Chapter 23 [1:04]
24. Chapter 24 [1:17]
25. Chapter 25 [:42]
26. Chapter 26 [4:19]
27. Chapter 27 [11:28]
28. Chapter 28 [11:35]
29. Chapter 29 [11:19]
30. Chapter 30 [9:40]
31. Chapter 31 [1:37]
32. Chapter 32 [1:17]

Customer Reviews

Perry Mason - Season 4, Vol .1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MichiganBill More than 1 year ago
They've got it in order now. All the episodes are full length, nothing missing. Sixteen episodes, with three appearing earlier in DVD format, six more on CBS tape, so we get seven never before available except personal off-the-air tapings. This then is the only source for those of us who want Perry Mason complete. Also, no interrupting commercials. Buy it to encourage CBS-Paramount to continue on to the later seasons, Six and on, each with 20 or more episodes never released on tape or DVD.
GinaK More than 1 year ago
Perhaps because of the absence of Hamilton Burger, some additional life seemed to be added to the beginning of this particular set of a reliably enjoyable series. The plots and writing seemed more lively than usual.
Videonoirefan More than 1 year ago
Since I was lying in bed in the 1950s and could hear the shows I was not able to stay up and watch,Perry Mason was one I distinctly remember.I watched it in reruns in the 1960s and began reading the original books in the 1970s.Erle Stanley Gardner,the author,was a fascinating man in his own right and soon I could not get enough of the books or shows.I have all the remade dvds and will continue to collect them as they are released.The cast,crew and everyone involved was topnotch and the author even remarked that Raymond Burr brought to life the character of Perry Mason exactly as he wrote of it for years.Long live 1950s black and white tv,truly the golden age of television.......
Robert-Long More than 1 year ago
Perry Mason is the archetype of all lawyer shows. Yes, it's from about 50 years ago and in black-and white, but so what? It's still the best. You'll enjoy all the twists and shock endings about as much as Hamilton Burger (the D.A.) doesn't. Question: Is Burger really such a bad D.A. or is he just trying too hard to beat Perry? Answer: I think he's trying too hard. If he were really that bad against everyone he'd have been fired (if appointed) or ordered not to run (if elected). Police Lieutenent Arthur Tragg is a very good cop, honest and hardworking. Two nice things about him--1) he respects Perry and 2) he learns from him. TRragg's investigations have definitely improved over the course of the series. Paul Drake is Perry's private detective. He's very good at his job. Perry Mason himself is the ultimate defense lawyer. He's always calm and unflustered no matter what happens around him. He always believes in his clients and their innocence (even when they lie to him, which they usually do). He not only gets his clients acquitted, he gets them cleared by exposing the true murderer. Older people will rmember the seires from either its original run in the '50s and '60s or from syndication. Younger people: think Matlock, only 30 years younger and stronger and tougher. Get the entire series; they're good for the entire family to watch together. One note for parents: Everyone smokes. Point out to your kids that it was cool then, but it's yucch now.