Crime Serial, Based on the novels of Erle Stanley Gardner
(1943 - 55)
When someone mentions the name "Perry
Mason" the first image that runs through their mind
is of a lawyer who unmasks murderers and crooks in the
courtroom. Even though the television Perry Mason is the
one everyone remembers, the original Perry Mason, whose
derivation came from radio, is a lot different.
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John Larkin is one of several
played the radio role
Raymond Burr played
the television role
The roll of Perry Mason shifted over the
long run starting with Bartlett Robinson and then followed
by Santos Ortega, Donald Briggs, and finally John Larkin
who played the famous attorney after 1947.
The Perry Mason of radio would rather swap
gunshots with evildoers than sit in a boring courtroom,
waiting for the deliberation! Geared more towards action
than courtroom drama, Perry Mason ran 12 seasons and later
led to the development of the now-popular Raymond Burr
television show, which started in the late 1950s.
(Please note that most of these recordings
are approximately 10 minutes long which allows for all the episodes
to barely fit on a single MP3 CD. This collection includes every available Perry Mason recordings and unfortunately serial story lines are not complete)
See also the crime serials Front Page Farrell and The Clutching Hand. For more courtroom drama, see also: