Case Number 22511: Small Claims Court


Paramount // 1962 // 710 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge P.S. Colbert // October 13th, 2011

The Charge

Television's first legal eagle returns with another half-season case load.

Opening Statement

Color complicates things.

Hues. Shades.

Degrees, density, refraction, separation; the whole palette.

Journey now to a simpler time; an era of starker contrasts, when right and wrong were as easily identifiable as the sunlight of disinfectant and the cover of night.

The Case

You know the drill: An injustice has been committed.

Nothing kinky, mind you, just robbery and murder; the meat and potatoes of crime.

Then comes the frame-up and the cops (decent, hard-working types driven mad by the scent of red herrings) are closing in.

To whom can the unjustly accused turn for equal protection under the law?

You have to ask?

On Perry Mason's docket from September 27, 1962 through January 10, 1963:

Disc One
* "The Case Of The Bogus Books"
* "The Case Of The Capricious Corpse"
* "The Case Of The Playboy Pugilist"
* "The Case Of The Hateful Hero"

Disc Two
* "The Case Of The Dodging Domino"
* "The Case Of The Double Entry Mind"
* "The Case Of The Unsuitable Uncle"
* "The Case Of The Stand-In Sister"

Disc Three
* "The Case Of The Weary Watchdog"
* "The Case Of The Lurid Letter"
* "The Case Of The Fickle Filly"

Disc Four
* "The Case Of The Polka Dot Pony"
* "The Case Of The Shoplifter's Shoe"
* "The Case Of The Bluffing Blast"

The Evidence

Like leather-bound rows of literary classics on a book shelf, installments of Perry Mason all tend to look the same, if only from the outside.

Sure, most episodes in Perry Mason: Season 6, Volume 1 build to a courtroom climax involving a blurted confession from the real villain, but there are exceptions, including one where "the case" not only never comes before the bench, but develops, unfolds, and is resolved by Perry while he's on vacation!

Certainly, long-suffering D.A. Hamilton Burger (William Talman) sets himself up yet again for the latest in a series of bruising professional defeats, but don't you think it's time we gave credit where credit is due? This guy never prosecutes a case he doesn't believe in, and he takes his lumps so gracefully that as one episode concludes, he actually smiles and says "You know, Perry, maybe for once, I was wrong."

The quality of these restorations continues to amaze, and though there are moments that betray bits of dirt and drop-off, they are just that: moments, and they are rare indeed.

Say what you will about Paramount's insistence on breaking these seasons into halves and not providing extras, but you can't deny that you get what you pay for.

The Verdict

What's the verdict?! You really haven't been paying attention, have you? Now get outta here before I cite you with contempt!

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 95

Perp Profile
Studio: Paramount
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)

* English (SDH)

Running Time: 710 Minutes
Release Year: 1962
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* None

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