The New Perry Mason

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The New Perry Mason
Genre Legal drama
Created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Written by Ernie Frankel
Erle Stanley Gardner
Directed by Murray Golden
Arthur Marks
Michael O'Herlihy
E.W. Swackhamer
Starring Monte Markham
Composer(s) Earle H. Hagen
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 15
Production
Executive producer(s) Cornwell Jackson
Producer(s) Ernie Frankel
Art Seid
Running time 60 mins.
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 16, 1973  – January 20, 1974
Chronology
Related shows Perry Mason

The New Perry Mason is a revival of the long-running hit television series about Erle Stanley Gardner's brilliant defense attorney. While several production personnel had worked on the original Perry Mason series (including executive producer Cornwell Jackson, producers Ernie Frankel and Art Seid, consulting producer Gail Patrick Jackson, and director Arthur Marks), the series was made without the participation of any members of the original cast. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, it was broadcast by CBS, the same network which had aired the original series, during the 1973-74 season. A total of 15 episodes were produced and aired.

(This short-lived series is not to be confused with the long-running series of TV movies which starred Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale from the original series, and which were originally aired from 1985 until shortly before Burr's death in 1993.)

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All of the major characters of the original series appeared in the revival, along with Gertie, a receptionist seldom seen in the original (and played by Connie Cezon on the few occasions when she was), and the plots and their devices were along the lines of the original. The familiar theme song of the original, "Park Avenue Beat," was replaced by a generic dramatic fanfare.

However, this revival was cancelled at midseason, after failing to overtake NBC's The Wonderful World of Disney and ABC's The FBI in the ratings in its Sunday night time slot. It was soon replaced by Apple's Way.

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Episodes[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 "The Case of the Horoscope Homicide" Leo Penn Orville H. Hampton September 16, 1973 (1973-09-16)
A distraught widow is accused of murdering her astrologer husband, a conniving stargazer whose fortunes controlled the fortune of a cosmetics tycoon.
2 "The Case of the Prodigal Prophet" Robert Day Gerry Day September 23, 1973 (1973-09-23)
A young religious crusader's past in pornography leads to him being blackmailed for $100,000 and eventually charged with murder.
3 "The Case of the Ominous Oath" John Llewellyn Moxey * September 30, 1973 (1973-09-30)
A mechanic, is defended by Mason in his retrial for the murder of a prominent physician. The first trial ended in a hung jury that voted 11-to-1 to convict.
4 "The Case of the Wistful Widower" Leo Penn Ernie Frankel,
Orville H. Hampton
October 7, 1973 (1973-10-07)
When two men, one wanted by the law and the other by a crime syndicate killer, exchange identities, the result is murder.
5 "The Case of the Telltale Trunk" Arthur Marks Robert W. Lenski October 14, 1973 (1973-10-14)
When the body of a missing millionaire, dead more than four years, turns up in Hong Kong, Mason is called upon to defend the man who admits planning the murder as a morbid joke.
6 "The Case of the Deadly Deeds" Arthur Marks * October 21, 1973 (1973-10-21)
Mason defends a big-time gambler on a murder charge, with complications setting in when Mason must also defend his client in an action for custody of his daughter.
7 "The Case of the Murdered Murderer" Lee Madden Gerry Day October 28, 1973 (1973-10-28)
Perry is hard-pressed to prove the innocence of his client, a brilliant inventor, when he is discovered standing over a dead man with a knife in his hand.
8 "The Case of the Furious Father" Jeannot Szwarc David P. Harmon November 11, 1973 (1973-11-11)
Lt. Tragg is on both sides of a murder case when he must arrest one of his men for murder, followed by his request to Mason to give him the best defense possible
9 "The Case of the Cagey Cager" Michael O'Herlihy Orville H. Hampton November 25, 1973 (1973-11-25)
Mugged in a crowded parking lot by an ex-basketball player who once had a million-dollar future, Mason turns around to defend the young man when he's charged with murder.
10 "The Case of the Jailed Justice" Murray Golden Ernie Frankel,
Orville H. Hampton
December 2, 1973 (1973-12-02)
A Los Angeles judge with a reputation for being tough is arrested for poisoning his wheeler-dealer son-in-law, and then tries to tell Mason how to conduct his defense.
11 "The Case of the Spurious Spouse" E.W. Swackhamer Larry Alexander December 9, 1973 (1973-12-09)
A Vietnamese girl is charged with murdering a man she claims is her husband.
12 "The Case of the Frenzied Feminist" Murray Golden Lou Shaw December 16, 1973 (1973-12-16)
Mason defends the fiery and beautiful editor of a women's liberation magazine on a charge of murdering a publisher who gave her job to another woman.
13 "The Case of the Perilous Pen" E.W. Swackhamer Donn Mullally December 30, 1973 (1973-12-30)
After an author, who wrote a book exposing the crime of a politician, winds up dead, his publisher asks for Mason's help with the case.
14 "The Case of the Tortured Titan" Michael O'Herlihy S. Bar-David,
Ernie Frankel,
Orville H. Hampton
January 13, 1974 (1974-01-13)
A chance meeting with a beautiful young girl leads Mason to become her defense attorney when she's arrested for murder.
15 "The Case of the Violent Valley" Herb Wallerstein William Bast January 20, 1974 (1974-01-20)
The kidnapping of Mason's young counsel from the courtroom complicates his attempt to gain a fair trial for a man accused of murdering a hated ranch foreman in a rural California town.

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Preceded by
Wild Kingdom
1973
The New Perry Mason
Super Bowl lead-out program
1974
Succeeded by
The Wonderful World of Disney
1975