Erle Stanley Gardner wrote crime fiction, and while many of his 100 or so works are unknown to most of us, he created a character that has become as identified with criminal lawyers as any other in fiction. It was in these crime novels that Perry Mason first faced a courtroom. He developed a style where he would investigate these terrible crimes his clients were on trial for. He would find the real killer, and in what has become a
Raymond Burr did not carry the show on his own. There was a very fine cast of supporting characters. The most famous has to be his faithful secretary
Nothing really changes in the 3rd season, as was true for the run of the entire show. You get pretty much the same kind of stories with the same cast of characters. The last 14 episodes of the 3rd season include some continued excellent guest star support: Barbara Bain, Harry Jackson, Beverly Garland, Louise Fletcher, Norman Fell, John Conte, Edward Platt, and Michael Fox. Cases ranging from an 18 year old whose mother leaves him a cool $10 million to military secrets aboard a submarine make up this impressive list.
Each episode of Perry Mason is presented in its original full frame broadcast format. The episodes are in black & white. The picture quality is pretty good when you consider the age. Black levels are completely solid, allowing clean definition in the shading so necessary to a black & white presentation. The brightness is a little low at times, but nothing that muddles or damages an otherwise good looking print.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 track is basically there to service the dialog, and it does. There is some distortion during the theme when the music is considerably loud. If you keep in mind the source material, you can’t expect anything more than this.
Aside from the half season groupings, these are solid episodes to own. Perry’s on the case, and all of his friends are back for the ride. There aren’t any extras, but the episodes are in good condition. Somehow