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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features

    • Perry Mason returns (MOW)
    • Perry Mason talent tests
    • The Case of Erie Stanley Gardner featurette
    • New on-camera intros by Barbara Hale
    • Raymond Burr's Charlie Rose interviews
    • Raymond Burr on "Person to Person"
    • New Barbara Hale interview
    • New Arthur Marks interview
    • Photo gallery
    • The Cast plays "Stump the Stars"
    • William Talman anti-smoking message
    • CBS Executive Anne Nelson interview
    • Closed Captioned


    By the time Perry Mason rolled into its third season in the fall of 1959, the series was the 10th most popular program in America, and the uncontested leader in its Saturday night timeslot--despite formidable competition from the upstart NBC western Bonanza. Ironically, Perry Mason would ultimately wither on the vine in its ninth season when once again CBS moved it opposite the by-now extremely profitable Bonanza, but that was still several years in the future. Ratings and popularity, aside, the series' star Raymond Burr and his costars Barbara Hale, William Hopper and Ray Collins had ample reason for complaint this season, thanks to a corporate decision by parent network CBS. In March of 1960, William Talman, who played defense attorney Mason's friendly adversary, prosecutor Hamilton Burger, was hauled into jail for throwing a wild party (marijuana may or may not have been involved). Though Talman was never charged with anything, the network invoked the "morals clause" in his contract and fired him on the spot. Only the combined protests of the cast members--led by Burr, who threatened to quit the show if Talman wasn't reinstated--and tons of supportive fan mail compelled CBS to reverse its decision in December of 1960. By this time, however, Talman had missed several episodes (most of which were seen in the series' fourth season). March 1960 Talman had his wild party. Fay Wray murdered in "The Case of the Watery Witness", "The Case of the Lucky Legs", in "The Case of the Prudent Prosecutor", Burger asks Mason's help to clear an old friend on a murder charge. Otherwise, things moved smoothly on the series, with Perry Mason consistently proving the innocence of his clients and and exposing the real murderer on a weekly basis. Also, as in previous years, Season Three had its share of noteworthy guest performers, ranging from old-timer Francis X. Bushman to comparative youngsters Barbara Bain, Bert Convy and future Oscar winner Louise Fletcher. ~ Hal Erickson

    Cast & Crew

    • Raymond Burr - Perry Mason
    • Barbara Hale - Della Street
    • William Hopper - Paul Drake
    • William Talman - Hamilton Burger
    • Ray Collins - Lt. Arthur Tragg

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      No closed caption


      The product states on the case that it is closed captioned for the hearing impaired. On each DVD it is also labeled with the CC. They missed the boat on this one, the most popular TV show of the time with no CC. Most people that would buy this are in their 80's.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Perry Mason Fan?....Worth the money!


      Have been a Perry Mason fan since I used to watch the re-runs when I was young in the 70's. Would recommend this for the true fans.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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