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The Perry Mason TV Show Book


1. Erle Stanley Gardner: The Creator of Perry Mason

2. The History of the Show

3. Raymond Burr as Perry Mason

4. Barbara Hale as Della Street

5. William Hopper as Paul Drake

6. William Talman: TV's Hamilton Burger

7. The Cops: Lt. Tragg and Company

8. Perry Mason Returns: The New TV-Movies

9. Episode Guide [ Alphabetical ]



For Gilean and Alexis Diana C. Merrill

In memory of my father --Brian Kelleher

Note From the Publisher

This book has not been authorized or endorsed by any of the owners or licensees of the "Perry Mason" television series or of the works of Erle Stanley Gardner on which the series was based.


We wish to thank the following people and organizations for helping us research and write this book: Richard Tharp, editor Re-runs magazine; the very invaluable Bob Reed; Jim Felitte and everyone at WXXA-TV Ch.23 Albany; Stuart Moore; Dominick Abel; Kathy Frye at Capital Newspapers, Albany; the Editors of TV Guide, and especially Beth Laskoski for her help with the photos; Bob Miller; John McCarty; Krzysztof Szymborski at the Skidmore College Library; Donna Flagg and Rose Morelock of the Last Word typing service; Tony Vanaria for his help once again; everyone at Masto, Dagastine & Associates Public Relations, especially Lisa Jaimes and Charlie Young; and special thanks to Joe Kelleher for all the Mason tapes.

The Perry Mason TV Show Book Copyright © 1987 by Brian Kelleher and Diana Merrill. All rights reserved. Presented here by permission of the copyright holder. Commercial use prohibited. Web pages Copyright © 1998 D. M. Brockman. Produced by scanning (HP ScanJet 4c) and Optical Character Recognition (Caere OmniPage Pro 8). Some minor factual errors in the Episode Guide have been corrected. Please send any error reports or your comments to acro*** (remove the '***' before use). See also the Perry Mason TV Series website. Last edited 14 May 2008.