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Perry Mason Complete Set

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by bigshot, May 20, 2015.

  1. bigshot

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    I notice that the complete Perry Mason is Amazon's deal of the week, but there are two listings for it... One is fifty bucks cheaper but it says Unavailable, order now and we will ship when we get it in. Both listings are for Amazon, not third party. Weird. Well I ordered the $150 one. I can wait for a bit to save $50.
     
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    Only the cheaper one is actually from Amazon. The more expensive one IS a third party seller that uses Amazon fulfillment services.
     
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    I ordered it and it just shipped. That was a great deal for about a buck a disk!
     
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    Yes, it was $144 (actually $2 a disk, not a dollar...) on Amazon Deal of the Week. But they sold out of them on the first day and it displayed a third party seller who had it for $180. But if you clicked through to the third party sellers, you could find a link to backorder it at the $144 price. That's what I did.
     
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    thanks - that one is no longer there, at the moment


    they probably changed back, once they realized it !!
     
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    Rats! Missed this one. :( Oh well, someone will probably have it for sale at Christmastime, so I'll just wait for the next sale. :D
     
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    Garysb

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    Perry Mason screen tests posted to youtube presumably an extra from the DVDs.
    Raymond Burr screen test as District Attorney Berger and Perry Mason
    William Hopper screen test as Perry Mason.

     
  9. Matt Hough

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    Fascinating. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Was that Arthur Franz as the first Perry Mason? Who's the blonde in those screen tests, she looks very familiar, but I can't recall a name?
     
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    I don't think that was Franz. The blonde looked a little like Gloria Talbot, but I don't really think it was.
     
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    That's Gloria Talbott.
     
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    The first actor playing the role of Perry Mason is Tod Andrews, with some very phony looking grey highlights at his temples...probably because he was only 41 in 1956 when these were filmed...he was a bit player in such movies as Heaven Can Wait, From Hell it Came and In Harm's Way...but his most memorable role in television was as Major Mosby, the Confederate raider known as The Gray Ghost (1958)...
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    THE GRAY GHOST is one I have no memory of ever watching. I see it lasted one season, 1957-58, which was the same season PERRY MASON premiered. Ghost lasted long enough to have a tie-in game, in addition to the comics.

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    I vote no, for the blonde in the Perry Mason tests being Gloria Talbott.
     
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    That earlier Perry Mason game looks very appealing to me-- I may try to get a copy of it from EBay sometime in the future (there or from Amazon)!
     
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    Does anybody remember what the 26 episodes were that did not initially air in syndication when the series went off the air in 1966? These 26 episodes were added to the rotation in January 1986, although (W)TBS had already aired these every weekend for a year or two before, with missing scenes.

    ~Ben
     
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    It was more than 26 episodes. Lots of episodes from seasons 7, 8 and 9, including some that have become my favorites (like "The Shifty Shoe-Box" and "The Sleepy Slayer").

    It's murky as to why these episodes weren't syndicated in the first place. I've read it was due to expensive guest stars & residuals, but not all of these "lost" episodes had big-name guest stars, so that doesn't quite make sense.
     
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    I also read quite a few of them involved Raymond Burr being absent from filming due to being sick or something.

    ~Ben
     
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    https://forums.tcm.com/topic/30464-perry-mason-films-collection/

    This link contains some info about the lost episodes, in which said package was billed as "New Perry Mason," which is not to be confused with the short-lived 1970s series starring Monte Markham. Viacom's use of the "New Perry Mason" package name is to distinguish it from the 195 episodes more commonly seen in syndication.

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    Thanks for that link. So it was 76 (not 26) episodes of the original series that weren't syndicated initially.
     
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