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Perry Mason/Perry Mason Returns

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Perry Mason Returns
Airdate December 1, 1985
Based on characters created by
Erle Stanley Gardner
Written by Dean Hargrove
Directed by Ron Satlof
Produced by Barry Steinberg
Network NBC
Style 120-minute legal drama
Company InterMedia Entertainment Company,
Strathmore Productions,

Origin USA

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Starring: Raymond Burr (Perry Mason), Barbara Hale (Della Street)

and William Katt (Paul Drake, Jr.)

Also Starring: Holland Taylor (Paula Gordon), Richard Anderson (Ken Braddock), Kerrie Keane (Kathryn Gordon), Al Freeman, Jr. (Lieutenant Cooper), David McIlwraith (David Gordon), Roberta Weiss (Laura Gordon)

and Cassie Yates (Julie Scott)

Special Guest Star: Patrick O'Neal (Arthur Gordon)

Featuring: James Kidnie (Bobby Lynch), Paul Hubbard (Sgt. Stratton), Lindsay Merrithew (Chris), Kathleen Laskey (Luanne), Charles Macaulay (Judge Whitewood), Mag Ruffman (Salesgirl), Carolyn Hetherington (Mrs. Jeffries), Cec Linder (Jack Welles), Jack MacKenzie (Gas Station Attendant), David Bolt (Mr. Henderson), David Lennox (Vinnie), Frank Adamson (Mr. Williams), Lee Miller (Security Guard), Nerene Virgin (Minicam Reporter), Ken Pogue (Frank Lynch), Doris Petrie (Mrs. Lynch), Lillian Lewis (Customer), Derek Keurvorst (Court Clerk)


Plot Overview

Della Street, who's now the secretary to a prominent businessman, is the prime suspect when the man is found stabbed to death. Perry, who's now a Supreme Court justice, steps down from his judgeship to defend his dear friend. He enlists the help of private investigator Paul Drake, Jr., son of his former legman, Paul Drake.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

William Katt is the real-life son of Barbara Hale. His father (and her husband) was Bill Williams (real name, William Katt, Sr.), a veteran of B-movies and low-budget action TV series in the '50's and early '60's.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments