Starring Raymond Burr
Based upon characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale as Della Street
William Hopper as Paul Drake
William Talman as Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins as Lt. Tragg

This episode uses a different opening credit scene than the nearby episodes (before and after) of Season 2. Rather than seeing Perry receive a document from the judge, look at it, and show it, in turn, to Della, Paul, Burger, and Tragg, this episode starts with a pen and inkstand on the bench; Perry picks up a document, looks at it, the scene freezes, and his image shrinks to fit into the sword of Justice. This opening scene is common in episodes from season IV (I think) but is anomalous here. Does anyone know why it was used here? Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 2 June 2012.
+ My guess is CBS reran the episode a couple of years later during the "Model Courtroom" opening phase and didn't want the episode to look like an old rerun so they created a new opening with the then current "Model Courtroom" opening and the original opening got lost. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/15/12.


Directed by Arthur Marks
Teleplay by Richard Macaulay and Seeleg Lester
Ben Brady | Producer
Produced by CBS Television in association with Paisano Productions
Gail Patrick Jackson | Executive Producer
Sam White | Associate Producer


Benson Fong as James Hing
John G. Agar as Kenneth Baxter
Robert Knapp as Stuart Baxter
Maxine Cooper as Edith Devoe
Judy Lewis as Winifred Oakley
Dick Crane as Dr. Douglas Keene
Raymond Bailey as Mr. Hilliard
Anthony Eustrel as Gordon Roland
Barney Biro as Judge
Bill Erwin as Paint Store Clerk
Michael Fox as Autopsy Surgeon
Anthony Jochim as Peter Baxter
George E. Stone as Court Clerk
Jacqueline Lee as Nurse Watson

Uncredited Actors
Lee Miller as Sgt Brice (submitted by BigBill767 2/4/17).


Gene Wang | Story Consultant
Seeleg Lester | Associate Story Consultant
Production Supervisor … J. Paul Popkin
Story Editor … Alice Young
Director of Photography … Frank Redman, A.S.C.
Art Direction …

  • Lyle Wheeler
  • Lewis Creber

Editorial Supervision … Art Seid, A.C.E.
Film Editor … Otto W. Meyer, A.C.E.
Assistant Director … Robert G. Stone
Casting … Harvey Clermont
Makeup … Richard Hamilton
Hair Stylist … Annabell, S.C.H.
Wardrobe Supervision … Dick James
Set Decoration … Walter M. Scott, Charles Q. Vassar
Properties … Ray Thompson
Sound Editor … Gene Eliot, M.P.S.E.
Production Sound Mixer … Roy Meadows
Script Supervision … William E. Orr

Perry Mason
Filmed in Hollywood by TCF Television Productions, Inc.
A CBS Television Network Production