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|Perry Mason Season Four Vol 2|
Actors: Raymond Burr, William Hooper, William Talman, Ray Collins
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Perry Mason is an attorney who specializes in defending seemingly indefensible cases. With the aid of his secretary Della Street and investigator Paul Drake, he often finds that by digging deeply into the facts, startling ... more »
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The Original Courtroom Drama
Acute Observer | Jersey Shore USA | 11/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Perry Mason Season 4 Volume 2
These twelve TV films from 1961 are mostly stories based on the characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner. The books are more complete and informative and tell stories about life that is not experienced by most people. The books can tell you why certain things are done, the films only show you what happened. The books tell you about "ropers", rough or smooth shadows, and how to evade surveillance and avoid leaving a back trail. Some may question the legality and ethics of Perry Mason's tactics but most stories were written before the modern legal rules of the 1960s. The backgrounds tell about life in Los Angeles. It is difficult to film a scene at night but easy to describe it in a book. The seeming reality of these stories is due in part to characters who don't look like Hollywood actors.
The theme music is typical for that era. Note the style of clothing and culture; ladies wore white gloves. People seldom lock their doors. The prices date these films. One advantage is seeing the many automobiles from the late 1950s. How many can you identify? Note the slimness of people then, and the familiarity with pistols. Smoking was very common [a tobacco sponsor]. Watch how the actors express their emotions by their facial expressions. The camera sharpness and quality is excellent on these films. There is nothing like these dramatic stories on today's broadcast TV. When was the last time you saw a trial lawyer as a hero? These stories often use the misinterpretation of circumstantial evidence to provide dramatic effects. The courtroom scenes are usually the Preliminary Hearings. A story adapted from a Gardner novel has the year.
Wintry Wife; Angry Dead Man
Blind Man's Bluff; Barefaced Witness
Difficult Detour; Cowardly Lion
Torrid Tapestry; Violent Vest
Misguided Missile; Duplicate Daughter (1960)
Grumbling Grandfather; Guilty Clients
Worth the wait
G. Ware Cornell Jr. | Weston FL | 12/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The second half of the fourth season suffers from the sporadic appearance of Bill Talman's masterful portrayal of Hamilton Burger, the unluckiest district attorney in history. Talman was exiled for a morals clause violation the previous season but brought back by popular demand. CBS seems to have looked for ways to keep the actor off the show. One of the few positive effects of this experimentation is found in an episode entitled "the Case of the Cowardly Lion" which is shot extensively on location at the San Diego Zoo and the Kona Kai resort. The zoo in 1961 was indeed a wondrous place, and quite unlike zoos of its era.
Another sixties wonder was the space race. "The Case of the Misguided Missile" was shot extensively at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Pacific missile launch site. Among the cast was William Schallert, later of the Patty Duke Show and the mayor in the Best Picture Oscar winning fim "In the Heat of the Night". Also in the cast of that episode was James B. Sikking, a Hill Street Blues regular.
However most times when Burger and Tragg are absent the courtroom drama lacks real sizzle. The replacement prosecutors are never haunted by Burger's horrendous won-loss record against Mason, and sort of plod along. Talman projects a hunger to win, and when he doesn't he is always gracious. These other prosecutors just disappear. In one episode, Mason with tongue firmly in cheek, tells Paul and Della that he was to rush to the courthouse because "Hamilton Burger is about to win a case."
As always the writers worked closely with Mason's creator Erle Stanley Gardner. They had to. Gardner had final approval of all scripts. And that is the reason this series remained true to Gardner's vision. After Gardner died in 1970, the series was revised as TV movies starring Raymond Burr. Not one of the TV movies approaches the quality of any episode in this box set. And that is all the reason in the world to add it to your DVD collection."
Mason is great but it's a rip off
Wayne Hastings | Franklin, TN USA | 12/26/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I love Perry Mason and this portion of the series is no exception, it's great. BUT, CBS TV is ripping us off. This segment has only 12 episodes on it! When other TV series feature a whole year's worth of episodes, Perry Mason's producers or whoever owns these rights has divided them up to make more money and it's a real turn off. Over $30 for just 12 episodes is just greed."
PERRY MASON: THESE ARE BEING RELEASED SO SLOWLY
Earline Taylor | 01/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I AM A HUGE PERRY MASON FAN AND HAVE BEEN SINCE 1974. OF COURSE BY THEN THE SHOW HAD LONG BEEN IN RERUNS. MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE EPISODE IS "THE GUILTY CLIENTS". I BELIEVE IT MAY HAVE BEEN IN SEASON 5. OF COURSE AS A CONSUMER I HAVE TO SIT BACK LIKE EVERYONE ELSE AND WAIT ON THE NEXT SEASON.
THIS SERIES HAS BEEN RELEASED IN VOLUMES FROM THE START. THERE ARE NINE SEASONS. I CAN ONLY WONDER HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RELEASE THE REMAINING 5. THIS SERIES IS BEING RELEASED SO SLOWLY IT COULD TAKE AS LONG AS THE SERIES WAS IN PRODUCTION TO FINISH COLLECTING IT.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. I ALREADY BOUGHT ABOUT SEVENTY TWO EPISODES, BROKEN INTO VOLUMES, FROM COLUMBIA HOUSE. I EXPECTED THEM TO CONTINUE COMING BUT JUST LIKE THE PERSON WHO BOUGHT THEM ON VHS I WAS DISAPPOINTED WHEN THEY STOPPED. AND I PROBABLY PAID ABOUT $500 DOLLARS. I STILL HAVE THEM TOO. HOWEVER I HAVE NOT BOUGHT PERRY MASON BY SEASON YET. EXCEPT THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION, WHICH I WAS DISAPPOINTED IN.
WHOEVER IS RELEASING PERRY MASON IS LITERALLY MILKING THE CONSUMER. I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY OTHER SERIES RELEASED THIS WAY. I'M NOT SURE WHEN I'LL START BUYING THE SEASONS. I'M JUST NOT HAPPY WITH THE MARKETING OF "PERRY MASON"
I GAVE THIS SEASON 5 STARS BECAUSE IT IS SUCH A GOOD SHOW. BUT IT HAS ONLY EARNED A HALF OF A STAR FOR THE WAY IT IS BEING RELEASED AND THE WAY IT IS BEING MARKETED."