Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate how on September 21st 1957, “Perry Mason”, the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV.
Perry Mason author Erle Stanley Gardner appeared in the final episode, “The Case of the Final Fade Out” unaccredited as the second judge.
Raymond Burr originally auditioned for the role of Hamilton Burger, but was chosen for the title role instead.
The auto sponsorship for the 1957 swaps back and forth between GM and Ford, almost every other episode. Mason drives a Ford Skyliner, and then in the next episode, it’s a black Cadillac convertible. Paul Drakes car varies between a Corvette and Thunderbird. Tragg drives a ’57 Buick sedan, which eventually became a Mercury.
Even though for most of its run the show was filmed in black and white, there was one episode that was filmed in color, “The Case of the Twice-Told Twist”. It was only shown the final season and wasn’t syndicated with the rest of the package for over 20 years.
Perry Mason’s character served in the navy and was stationed in the Pacific during World War II. This was where Raymond Burr was stationed.
On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. On the stamp honoring “Perry Mason” is a picture of William Talman, as district attorney Hamilton Burger, standing over a seated Raymond Burr, as Perry Mason, in a courtroom.
Perry Mason’s office was located in the Brent Building in downtown Los Angeles.
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Perry Mason didn’t win every case. In fact, at least three decisions went against him. “The Case of the Witless Witness” begins with a judgment being handed down against Perry at the very beginning. This in fact was his only loss ever that was not reversed. The other two losses were overturned. In “The Case of the Terrified Typist,” a jury returns a guilty verdict against Perry’s client, giving Hamilton Burger goose bumps thinking he’d finally beaten Mason.
In at least one episode Perry Mason used a car phone. Although Perry would have to call the operator first and they were considered radios not phones they were in fact the first phones used in cars.
In most episodes, when the oath is taken by those taking the stand neither a bible nor the words “so help me God” are used.
The saving grace in today’s story is how on September 21st 1957, “Perry Mason”, the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV.