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Perry Mason – The Final Season/Season 9, Volume One (1965/CBS DVD Set)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Episodes: C+



Perry Mason is back in the Final Season of the long-running series, he is a public defender for justice, he takes the cases people have given up on.  Between the crime scene, murder and the court house, Mason always separates the guilty from the innocent. From blackmail, theft, espionage to revenge more often Perry's client may start out as guilty.  With the help of his faithful secretary Della and his trusty private detective Paul Drake they find the clues that point to the real killer. 


Mason (has still) never lost a case.  No matter if they are poor, as long as Perry Mason is on your side he will fight gangsters, thieves, police, district attorney or even the law and win.  He is often aid by his partner, the handsome P.I. Paul Drake who sniffs out lost evidence and uses his countless contacts to find key information to the cases, which then is relayed usually just in the nick of time through his secretary Della Street.  Often, Mason's nemesis is either the D.A. or the police chief whom tries to prove Perry wrong in court, but in truth they play devil's advocate for each other in the courtroom.


This approach worked for the whole series, so they were not going to change it in the end, especially with syndication to consider.  The character often brought in on a case when a mysterious dead body turns up, usually there are a number false leads, people who all have a reason to be guilty, but through the use of shrew/clever questioning and cross examination they usually cause the true guilty party to break down, self incriminate themselves.  In this 9th Season’s first half, Mason not only battles court cases, but international cases, public laws and policies.  While it still mainly uses deductive reasoning it also begins to show and use more scientific evidences to solve cases.  Often at the end of the episode, the characters gather around and they go over what was the key evidence that was the turning point of the case.


The black and white 1.33 X 1 image is a little muddier throughout than usual and the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is a little lower and aged than expected, but these are still very watchable.  There are no extras.




The Case of the Laughing Lady - A woman behind bars hears the laugh of a woman on TV who may prove her innocent of murder; now, all Perry has to do is find which woman it is.


The Case of the Fatal Fortune - A woman marries a rich man after a fortune teller’s prediction, but then finds herself soon to be a widow with a fortune, is her wealth and marriage cursed?


The Case of the Candy Queen - Perry defends an heiress who has a secret formula to make a fortune in low calorie candy, after a rival of hers is found dead. 


The Case of the Cheating Chancellor - An unpopular chancellor is known for his strict policy on cheating is found dead, and turns out he was cheating himself, by trying to take credit for other peoples work. 


The Case of the Impetuous Imp - A young woman role plays a pretend murder for her mystery book, but when it turn real Perry is caught in as an accomplice.


The Case of the Carefree Coronary - Perry investigates an insurance company for it's many claims for insurance fraud. 


The Case of the Hasty Honeymooner - Perry must defend a literally lady killer, when his new rich bride is found dead on the wedding night.  Turns out he had several wives he has found 'dead' on a wedding night.


The Case of the 12th Wildcat - A chemical fire happens on a train for a football team, the owners are suspect for foul play and illegal gambling on the teams. 


The Case of the Wrathful Wraith - A woman's dead husband's returns from the grave and torments her, did she really kill her husband or is she going crazy?


The Case of the Runaway Racer - Perry must find out who killer an inventor to a super car, and did they try to rig the race?


The Case of the Silent Six - A policeman is accused of murder, but why didn't any of the neighbors helped were there?


The Case of the Fugitive Fraulin - Perry goes to East Berlin to help reunite a young girl with her grandfather and grandmother, but can he win when the law is the ends justify the means?


The Case of the Battling Bug - A company's secrets are being stolen, but who would kill for company secrets. 


The Case of the Golden Girls - Perry must defend a man of murdering his partner, his only clue seems to lie with a blackmailing hitchhiker girl, will she be his salvation or his downfall?


The Case of the Bogus Buccaneers - A group of door to door entertainers have been accused of murder, Perry must find out which one of them is related to the murder.



-   Ricky Chiang


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