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Erle Stanley Gardner

          Erle Stanley Gardner, dictating in his office (circa 1940)


Erle Stanley Gardner was born 17 July 1889 in Malden, Massachusetts.
While working as a lawyer in Ventura, California, he began writing mystery stories.
In all, he wrote 146 books, including 85 Perry Mason mysteries.
The Mystery Writers of America awarded him the title Grand Master in 1962.
He died 11 March 1970, at his ranch near Temecula, California.

Erle Stanley Gardner entry at Wikipedia
Erle Stanley Gardner movie/tv credits [1934-95] at Internet Movie Database
browse 280+ Erle Stanley Gardner books at Amazon
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Erle Stanley Gardner 'museum' website {last update 2007}
Erle Stanley Gardner entry at Wikipedia
Erle Stanley Gardner movie/tv credits [1934-95] at Internet Movie Database
Erle Stanley Gardner Murder Mystery Weekend in Temecula, CA [Nov 2004]
Bass-X Erle Stanley Gardner fansite
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Richman Trust / Erle Stanley Gardner Building in Ventura, CA



Erle Stanley Gardner writing as A.A. Fair
Bertha  Cool  &  Donald  Lam
Mystery  Series

series books
official books list {29 total}
"Cool & Lam" tv series pilot [CBS 1958] on IMDb

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Bigger They Come" [#1 1939]

"Turn On The Heat" [#2 1940]
broadcast on the "U.S. Steel Hour of Mystery" A.B.C. Network radio show on 23 June 1946 starring Frank Sinatra

"Gold Comes In Bricks" [#3 1940]

"Spill The Jackpot" [#4 1941]

"Double or Quits" [#5 1941]

"Owls Don't Blink" [#6 1942]

"Bats Fly At Dusk" [#7 1942]

"Cats Prowl At Night" [#8 1943]

"Give 'Em The Ax" [#9 1944]

"Crows Can't Count" [#10 1946]

"Fools Die On Friday" [#11 1947]

"Bedrooms Have Windows" [#12 1949]

"Top of The Heap" [#13 1952]

http://www.amazon.com/Heap-Crime-Market-Paperback-ebook/dp/B004V4FP4W/

"Some Women Won't Wait" [#14 1953]

"Beware The Curves" [#15 1956]
"You Can Die Laughing" [#16 1957]
"Some Slips Don't Show" [#17 1957]
"The Count of Nine" [#18 1958]
"Pass The Gravey" [#19 1959]
"Kept Women Can't Quit" [#20 1960]
"Bachelors Get Lonely" [#21 1961]
"Shills Can't Count Chips" [#22 1961]
"Try Anything Once" [#23 1962]
"Fish or Cut Bait" [#24 1963]
"Up For Grabs" [#25 1964]
"Cut Thin To Win" [#26 1965]
"Widows Wear Weeds" [#27 1966]
"Traps Need Fresh Bait" [#28 1967]
"All Grass Isn't Green" [#29 1970]

"The Knife Slipped: The Lost Cool & Lam Mystery" [#30 = 12/2016]  12/2016
'The Knife Slipped' mystery novel by Erle Stanley Gardner (Bertha Cool & Donald Lam)  Written in 1939 and intended as the second Cool-Lam mystery novel, but rejected by the publisher: Bertha's personality was too rough for readers! Manuscript found by the Gardner Estate and published as is. A mother and daughter appear at Bertha's office believing that the daughter's husband is cheating on her, and they want him investigated; the case leads to municipal corruption – and, of course, to murder.
Kindle Edition from Hard Case Crime/Penguin Random House [12/2016] for $7.99
Hard Case Crime 8x5 pb [12/2016] for $5.90


Perry  Mason  Mystery  Series
While the 'series books' link below pulls up 860+ titles/editions available from Amazon, most of the
Perry Mason books remain out of print; as-of mid-2013, 50+ are on Kindle.

list of Perry Mason novels at Wikipedia
Perry Mason mystery series books {over 750 items}
official books list

Perry Mason movie/tv series/tv movies credits at IMDb

"Perry Mason" CBS radio program [1943-55] 267 episodes on CD


"The Case of The Velvet Claws" [#1 = 1933]
"Perry Mason and The Case of The Velvet Claws: A Radio Dramatization" []
http://www.amazon.com/Perry-Mason-Case-Velvet-Claws/dp/1441892176/
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Velvet-Claws-ebook/dp/B005QE7XPK/
movie available only on Warner Archive Collection DVD {see below} • full credits at IMDb

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Case of The Sulky Girl" [#2 = 1934]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Case of The Lucky Legs" [#3 = 1934]
A series of small-town beauty pageants were a barely-legal fraud, and Perry commits a crime
after he discovers the body of the racketeer.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Lucky-Legs-ebook/dp/B00AQP7DLS/
movie available only on Warner Archive Collection DVD {see below} • full credits at IMDb

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Case of The Howling Dog" [#4 = 1934]
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Howling-Dog-ebook/dp/B008H768YA/
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Howling-Erle-Stanley-Gardner/dp/0345347838/
movie available only on Warner Archive Collection DVD {see below} • full credits at IMDb

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Case of The Curious Bride" [#5 = 1934]
cover for of The Case of The Curious Bride mystery novel by Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason)  cover for Pocket paperback of The Case of The Curious Bride mystery novel by Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason)  A woman claiming not to be a bride consults Mason about her 'friend' whose husband, long thought to have died in a plane crash, turns up alive.
Kindle Edition from Della Street Press [9/2011] for $5.99
Fawcett mass pb [1/2000] out of print/many used
Triangle/Blakiston 7x5¼ hardcover [1946] out of print/used
International Reader's League 9x6½ hardcover [1934] out of print/used
Case of The Curious Bride movie based on the Perry Mason novel by Erle Stanley Gardner  "The Case of The Curious Bride" feature film [Warner Bros./Vitaphone April 1935]
Just before Perry and Della embark for a vacation in China, a former lady friend asks Perry for help: her ex-husband, who she thought dead, has turned up and is trying to blackmail her. The next day, the man is found murdered and the client is arrested for the crime. Produced by Harry Joe Brown; directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Warren William, Margaret Lindsay, Claire Dodd, Donald Woods, Allen Jenkins, Phillip Reed, Barton MacLane, Wini Shaw, Warren Hymer, Olin Howland, Charles Richman, Thomas E. Jackson & Errol Flynn
movie available only on Warner Archive Collection DVD {see below}
credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Case of the Curious Bride radio dramatization  
"Perry Mason and the Case of the Curious Bride: A Radio Dramatization" [2011]
Old-time radio-style performance by The Colonial Radio Theatre Players, starring Jerry Robbins as Perry Mason
Audiobooks/Brilliance UNABR audio CD [12/2011] for $8.99
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Case of The Counterfeit Eye" [#6 1935]
A man asks Perry to help when one of his glass eyes is stolen, afraid that someone
might plant it as evidence of a crime; first appearance of D.A. Hamilton Burger.

"The Case of The Caretaker's Cat" [#7 1935]
The caretaker of a deceased wealthy man’s city house retains Perry when the executor threatens to poison his cat.
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Caretakers-Cat-ebook/dp/B00AQP7GJW/
movie available only on Warner Archive Collection DVD {see below} • full credits at IMDb

"The Case of The Sleepwalker's Niece" [#8 1936]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Case of The Stuttering Bishop" [#9 1936]
hardcover Case of The Stuttering Bishop mystery novel by Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason)  mass paperback Case of The Stuttering Bishop novel of by Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason)  An Anglican bishop from Australia asks Perry to be ready to deal with a nasty rich guy who had the man's daughter-in-law charged with manslaughter twenty years back.
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [7/2012] for $5.99
Fawcett mass pb [11/88] out of print/80+ used
Pocket Books mass pb [1954] out of print/used
Amereon Ltd. 8½x5½ hardcover [6/76] for $26.96
Grosset & Dunlap hardcover [1936] out of print/used
blue poster for 1937 Case of The Stuttering Bishop movie  red/green poster for 1937 Case of The Stuttering Bishop movie  "The Case of The Stuttering Bishop" feature film
[Warner Bros./First National June 1937]

Directed by William Clemens; adapted by Kenneth Gamet & Don Ryan; starring Donald Woods, Ann Dvorak, Joseph Crehan, Charles C. Wilson, Anne Nagel, Linda Perry, Craig Reynolds, Gordon Oliver, Helen MacKellar, Edward McWade, Tom Kennedy, Mira McKinney, Frank Faylen, Douglas Wood, Veda Ann Borg & George Lloyd
available only on Warner Archive Collection DVD {see below} • full credits at IMDb
Case of The Stuttering Bishop TV episode  "The Case of The Stuttering Bishop" Perry Mason TV series Season 2, Episode 20 [CBS-TV March 1959]
A supposed bishop asks Mason to find an heiress to a million dollars, and then is beaten by the cops. When the benefactor is murdered, the girl is arrested for the crime. Directed by William D. Russell; adapted by Gene Wang; starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins, Vaughn Taylor, Ken Lynch, Herbert Ellis, Rebecca Welles, Joan Vohs, Jonathan Kidd, Carl Benton Reid, Peter Garey, Morris Ankrum
full credits at IMDb
videotape is double feature with "Case of The Purple Woman [Season 2, Episode 9]"
Columbia House Collector's Edition b&w VHS [undated] for $17.99
available on the DVD for Season 2, Volume 2 below

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Case of The Dangerous Dowager" [#10 1937]

"The Case of The Lame Canary" [#11 1937]
A married woman and her lover and sister are accused of murdering the husband; case is resolved
at coroner's inquest in time for Perry & Della to hurry to harbor for cruise ship to Orient.

"The Case of The Substitute Face" [#12 1938]
As Perry & Della return from Hawaii to San Francisco on a steamer, a woman hires him to help her husband who she
fears embezzled from his employer; on the last night out, a man is murdered and tossed overboard during a storm.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Substitute-Face-ebook/dp/B005QBMGZK/

"The Case of The Shoplifter's Shoe" [#13 1938]
Perry & Della meet a tough old lady in a department store tea room who is accused by security of shoplifting.
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Shoplifters-Shoe-ebook/dp/B008H769VM/

"The Case of The Perjured Parrot" [#14 1939]
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Perjured-Parrot-ebook/dp/B00D45HYDY/

"The Case of The Rolling Bones" [#15 1939]
Perry's client is put on trial for the murder of a man using three names, one of which is a backtrail
to a murder in the Klondike in 1907. (The first appearance of receptionist Gertrude Lade.}

"The Case of The Baited Hook" [#16 1940]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Case of The Silent Partner" [#17 1940]
1962 Pocket cover for Case of The Silent Partner novel by Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason)  1948 Pocket cover for Case of The Silent Partner novel by Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason)  The co-owner of several flower shops realizes that her brother-in-law has sold off some of the company stock, so she calls Perry Mason for a post-midnight appointment. She also locates a witness, who calls Perry for help after she is sent poisoned candy.
Kindle Edition from Della Street Press [12/2012] for $5.99
Pocket mass pb [2/48] out of print/used
Ballantine mass pb [2/96] out of print/used

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Case of The Haunted Husband" [#18 1941]
A beautiful young hitchhiker headed for Los Angeles is picked up in Bakersfield, the driver causes a
multi-car wreck on the Ridge Route, and leaves her to take the blame for the death of another driver.

"The Case of The Empty Tin" [#19 1941]
"The Case of The Drowning Duck" [#20 1942]

"The Case of The Careless Kitten" [#21 1942]
"The Case of The Buried Clock" [#22 1943]
"The Case of The Drowsy Mosquito" [#23 1943]
"The Case of The Crooked Candle" [#24 1944]
"The Case of The Black-Eyed Blonde" [#25 1944]
"The Case of The Golddigger's Purse" [#26 1944]

"The Case of The Half-Wakened Wife" [#27 1945]
Oil-lease mess halts planned real estate deal for island in river, leading to trial
of woman for murder on a yacht of her crooked husband.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Half-Wakened-Wife-ebook/dp/B005QBMS3A/

"The Case of The Borrowed Brunette" [#28 1946]

"The Case of The Fandancer's Horse" [#29 1947]
Desert car accident, ostrich feather fans, identical fan dancers, lost horse, dead husband at city hotel.

"The Case of The Lazy Lover" [#30 1947]

"The Case of The Lonely Heiress" [#31 1948]
Magazine ad by young heiress is connected to the murder of a witness to signing of the will.

"The Case of The Vagabond Virgin" [#32 1948]
Department store owner asks for help with girl hitchhiker racket, which leads to trial for murder of the man's partner.
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Vagabond-Virgin-ebook/dp/B005QBMG14/

"The Case of The Dubious Bridegroom" [#33 1949]

"The Case of The Cautious Coquette" [#34 1949]
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Cautious-Coquette-ebook/dp/B008H76674/

"The Case of The Negligent Nymph" [#35 1950]
Perry is paddling a canoe off an island when a near-naked
girl jumps into the sea pursued by a snarling guard dog.

"The Case of The One-Eyed Witness" [#36 1950]
http://www.amazon.com/Case-One-Eyed-Witness-ebook/dp/B00AQP7MOG/
http://www.cbs.com/shows/perry_mason/video/657954882/perry-mason-the-case-of-the-one-eyed-witness
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0673350/fullcredits

"The Case of The Fiery Fingers" [#37 1951]
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Fiery-Fingers-ebook/dp/B005QBMQSC/

"The Case of The Angry Mourner" [#38 1951]
Wealthy playboy is murdered in mountain cabin while Perry is on vacation.

"The Case of The Moth-Eaten Mink" [#39 1952]
The restaurant owner asks Perry for help when a waitress panics & runs
out of his restaurant, gets shot at, runs out into traffic and is hit by a car.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Moth-Eaten-Mink-ebook/dp/B00AQP7IDQ/

"The Case of The Grinning Gorilla" [#40 1952]
Begins with the diaries of a missing girl who was secretary to a wealthy man who experiments on primates.

"The Case of The Hesitant Hostess" [#41 1953]
Perry is assigned to a pro bono case of an innocent old guy set up for armed robbery
at a traffic signal, then for murder; solution involves gambling clubs & a heroine ring.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Hesitant-Hostess-ebook/dp/B005QBMG8W/

"The Case of The Green-Eyed Sister" [#42 1953]
A beautiful widow hires Perry about attempt to blackmail her ailing father over taped 'evidence'.

"The Case of The Fugitive Nurse" [#43 1954]
A scheming widow hires Mason and D.A. Burger puts her on trial twice for murder of her husband.

"The Case of The Runaway Corpse" [#44 1954]
A husband leaves a note about his wife poisoning him, to be given to the cops in the
event of his death – but she didn't do any such thing, so she hires Perry Mason.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Runaway-Corpse-ebook/dp/B005QBMGQO/

"The Case of The Restless Redhead" [#45 1954]

"The Case of The Glamorous Ghost" [#46 1955]
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Glamorous-Ghost-ebook/dp/B008H767GY/

"The Case of The Sun Bather's Diary" [#47 1955]
Somebody steals the car & trailer where the daughter of a convicted bank robber has been living.

"The Case of The Nervous Accomplice" [#48 1955]
A lovely wife asks Perry to halt a real estate deal so that her husband
will realize that his sexy client is not really sweet on him.

"The Case of The Terrified Typist" [#49 1956]

"The Case of The Demure Defendant" [#50 1956]

"The Case of The Gilded Lily" [#51 1956]
A happily-married businessman is blackmailed over his wife's past, taken by a lovely moll to a beach motel
to pay the money, is drugged and wakes to find the blackmailer in a pool of blood, shot in the back.

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

 book by   
"A Perry Mason Omnibus: The Case of The Velvet Claws [1933], The Case of The
Sun Bather's Diary [1955], and The Case of The Demure Defendant [1956]"

William Morrow & Co. 8¼x5¾ hardcover [1966] out of print/used
William Morrow & Co. 8¼x6 hardcover [1956] out of print/used
William Morrow & Co. 8¼x5¾ hardcover [1956] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Case of The Lucky Loser" [#52 1957]
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Lucky-Loser-ebook/dp/B008H76ATS/

"The Case of The Screaming Woman" [#53 1957]

"The Case of The Daring Decoy" [#54 1957]
The young president of an oil development company is manipulated to a hotel room and finds a near-naked woman
who points a gun at him; he takes away the gun and flees, then notices later that one shell has been fired.

"The Case of The Long Legged Models" [#55 1958]
A lovely ex-showgirl asks Perry to represent her in sale of the
40% share in a Las Vegas motel inherited from her murdered father.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Long-Legged-Models-ebook/dp/B008HTW5WW/

"The Case of The Foot-Loose Doll" [#56 1958]
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Foot-Loose-Doll-ebook/dp/B00AQP7AWA/

"The Case of The Calendar Girl" [#57 1958]

"The Case of The Deadly Toy" [#58 1959]
Girl in San Francisco calls off engagement to her sadistic fiancé, then gets caught up in the
Los Angeles custody fight of his ex-wife, and is put on trial for his murder.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Deadly-Toy-ebook/dp/B008H766TM/

"The Case of The Mythical Monkeys" [#59 1959]

"The Case of The Singing Skirt" [#60 1959]
A sexy singer at a local gambling town refuses to cheat a customer at cards, and is fired; she asks Perry for help
when a gun is planted in her luggage, and is put on trial for the two-shot murder of the customer’s wife on their yacht.

"The Case of The Waylaid Wolf" [#61 1960]
"The Case of The Duplicate Daughter" [#62 1960]

"The Case of The Shapely Shadow" [#63 1960]
Loyal secretary of married real estate speculator brings Perry a suitcase of money;
boss is later found murdered in Palmdale and the secretary put on trial.

"The Case of The Spurious Spinster" [#64 1961]
A secretary working on Saturday receives a shoebox of cash from the 7-year-old son of the boss, stashes it
into the safe, then has to rush to the airport to pick up the owner flown in from South America on a surprise visit.

"The Case of The Bigamous Spouse" [#65 1961]
A beautiful young woman asks Perry to test for strychnine, given to her by the husband of her best friend.

"The Case of The Reluctant Model" [#66 1962]
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Reluctant-Model-ebook/dp/B00AQP7AUW/

"The Case of The Blonde Bonanza" [#67 1962]
A beautiful girl on the beach has signed a dubious contract that is really about the lost heirs
racket; Perry’s investigation uncovers blackmail and leads to the killing of the blackmailer.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Blonde-Bonanza-ebook/dp/B008H767FK/

"The Case of The Ice-Cold Hands" [#68 1962]
"The Case of The Mischievous Doll" [#69 1963]

"The Case of The Stepdaughter's Secret" [#70 1963]
Members of a wealthy family living on an Orange County lake are being blackmailed,
then a man is found shot to death on their yacht in Newport Harbor.

"The Case of The Amorous Aunt" [#71 1963]
A girl hires Perry to prevent murder of her widowed & wealthy aunt by an eye-patched bluebeard.

"The Case of The Daring Divorcee" [#72 1964]
A young woman wearing big sunglasses appears at Perry Mason’s office, then leaves, ‘forgetting’
her handbag, which Perry discovers contains a revolver with two shells recently fired.

"The Case of The Phantom Fortune" [#73 1964]

"The Case of The Horrified Heirs" [#74 1964]
A wealthy woman has been given doses of arsenic, and a former legal secretary is busted at the airport with planted drugs.
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Horrified-Heirs-ebook/dp/B008H7690I/

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

1964 Perry Mason Omnibus book  
"A Perry Mason Omnibus: The Case of The Singing Skirt [1959], The Case
of The Blonde Bonanza [1962], and The Case of The Horrified Heirs [1964]"

William Morrow & Co. 8½x6 hardcover [1964] out of print/used
William Morrow & Co. 8½x6 hardcover [1964] out of print/used
1964 Perry Mason Omnibus book  
"A New Perry Mason Omnibus: The Case of The Reluctant Model [1962], The Case
of The Amorous Aunt [1963], and The Case of The Beautiful Beggar [1965]"

William Morrow & Co. 8½x5¾ hardcover [1965] out of print/used
William Morrow & Co. 8½x5¾ hardcover [1965] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Case of The Troubled Trustee" [#75 1965]

"The Case of The Beautiful Beggar" [#76 1965]
A wealthy old man sends a letter & check to his vacationing niece,
then distant relatives get the man declared incompetent & put him away.

"The Case of The Worried Waitress" [#77 1966]
"The Case of The Queenly Contestant" [#78 1967]

"The Case of The Careless Cupid" [#79 1968]
The widow of man who died from poisoned crab salad is being shadowed.

"The Case of The Fabulous Fake" [#80 1969]
An anonymous cutie with a suitcase full of cash hires Perry to protect her ‘in case’
of trouble, leading to a San Francisco import company and a blackmailer in L.A.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Fabulous-Fake-ebook/dp/B005QBMQ1E/

"The Case of The Murderous Bride" [#81 1969]

"The Case of The Crimson Kiss" [#82 1971]

"The Case of The Crying Swallow" [#83 1971]

"The Case of The Irate Witness & Other Stories" [#84 1972]
title story [c1953] with Perry Mason; "The Jeweled Butterfly" [c1952], "Something Like A
Pelican" aka 'Lester Leith, Financier' [1942], and "A Man Is Missing" [c1946]

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Irate-Witness-ebook/dp/B00AQP7IVS/

"The Case of The Fenced-In Woman" [#85 1972]
A contractor screws up during his divorce, builds house half on property given to the ex-wife; she runs barbed-wire
fence thru the house, and his body is found on the living room side, stabbed in back from the kitchen side.

"The Case of The Postponed Murder" [#86 1973]
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Postponed-Murder-ebook/dp/B00AQP7D2M/


Perry Mason Seven Complete Mysteries omnibus book by Erle Stanley Gardner  "Perry Mason: Seven Complete Mysteries" [1979 omnibus]
by Erle Stanley Gardner

Random House Value Publng hardcover [7/94] out of print/used
Random House Value Publng hardcover [12/88] out of print/used
includes seven Perry Mason novels, "The Cases of ...": "The Foot-Loose Doll" [1958], "The Glamorous Ghost" [1955], "The Long-Legged Models" [1958], "The Lucky Loser" [1957], "The Screaming Woman" [1957], "The Terrified Typist" [1956], and "The Waylaid Wolf" [1960]
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Perry Mason 2-in-1"
paperback books from Pocket [circa 1977]
"The Case of The Fan-Dancer's Horse" [1947] and "The Case of The Hesitant Hostess" [1953]
"The Case of The Perjured Parrot" [1939] and "The Case of The Beautiful Beggar" [1965]
"The Case of The Howling Dog" [1934] and "The Case of The Substitute Face" [1938]
"The Case of The Lazy Lover" [1947] and "The Case of The Dubious Bridegroom" [1949]
"The Case of The Mythical Monkeys" [1959] and "The Case of The Fabulous Fake" [1969]
"The Case of The Black-Eyed Blonde" [1944] and The Case of The Singing Skirt" [1959]
"The Case of The Horrified Heirs" [1964] and "The Case of The Lame Canary" [1937]


Perry Mason by Other Authors

The Case of Too Many Murders authorized Perry Mason novel by Thomas Chastain  "Perry Mason in The Case of Too Many Murders" [Summer 1989]
by Thomas Chastain

A businessman seems to have been in two places at once – once as a murderer,
once as a victim.

Avon mass pb [7/90] out of print/many used
William Morrow & Co. hardcover [7/90] out of print/many, many used
The Case of The Burning Bequest authorized Perry Mason novel by Thomas Chastain  "Perry Mason in The Case of The Burning Bequest" [1990]
by Thomas Chastain

Mason's client has apparently killed his mother-in-law-to-be in the same room
where his fiancée's real mother was killed by the client's father; the case is
complicated further by the client's refusal to exonerate himself.

Avon mass pb [9/91] out of print/many used
William Morrow & Co. hardcover [7/90] out of print/many, many used


"Perry Mason" TV series [1957-66]
starring Raymond Burr {as Perry}, Barbara Hale {as Della}, William Hopper {as Paul Drake}
William Talman {as Hamilton Burger} & Ray Collins {as Police Lt. Arthur Tragg};
won Emmy Awards for Best Actor {RB 1959 & 1961}, Best Actress {BH 1959}

Perry Mason tv series [1957-66] credits at Internet Movie Database
Perry Mason TV Series entry at Wikipedia
list of Perry Mason TV Series episodes at Wikipedia

DB's Perry Mason tv series fansite
JS's Perry Mason tv series & Raymond Burr fansite

browse Perry Mason on DVD at Amazon

Several paperbacks circa 1962 had back page & inside back page ads for the sponsor of the TV series:
The Drackett Company sold Drano®, VANiSH®, Windex®, Twinkle® Copper Cleaner, Twinkle® Cream
For Silver, O-Cedar® Squeeze Mop, O-Cedar® Dust Mop, and endust® – which suggests that their
expected TV audience was housewives

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Perry Mason TV series Season 1  Season 1, Volume 1 (19 episodes of 57-58 season):
Paramount DVD [7/2006] 5 disks for $28.99
Season 1, Volume 2 (20 episodes of 57-58 season):
Paramount DVD [5/2007] 5 disks for $28.99
Emmy Award nomination for Best Series
Perry Mason TV series Season 2  Season 2, Volume 1 (15 episodes of 58-59 season):
Paramount DVD [6/2007] 4 disks for $28.99
Season 2, Volume 2 (15 episodes of 58-59 season):
Paramount DVD [11/2007] 4 disks for $28.12
Emmy Awards for Raymond Burr (Best Lead Actor) & Barbara Hale (Best Supporting Actress), nomination for William Hopper
Perry Mason 50th Anniversary DVD box set  "Perry Mason 50th Anniversary Edition" DVD box set [2008]
Paramount DVD set [4/2008] for $36.99
includes 12 episodes: 1 from Season 3, 3 from Season 4, 1 from Season 5, 2 from Season 6, 2 from Season 7, and 3 from Season 9 (one featuring Erle Stanley Gardner!); extras include "Perry Mason Returns" [1985 TV-movie/revival], 3 screen tests, the featurette "The Case of Erle Stanley Gardner", interviews & promos & much more
Perry Mason TV series Season 3  Season 3, Volume 1 (13 episodes of 59-60 season):
Paramount color DVD [8/2008] 3 disks for $21.99
Season 3, Volume 2 (13 episodes of 59-60 season):
Paramount color DVD [12/2008] 4 disks for $18.99
Emmy Award nomination for Raymond Burr for Best Actor
Perry Mason TV series Season 4  Season 4, Volume 1 (28 episodes of 60-61 season):
Paramount color DVD [6/2009] 4 disks for $25.09
Season 4, Volume 2 (12 episodes of 60-61 season):
Paramount color DVD [12/2009] 3 disks for $27.99
Emmy Award for Raymond Burr (Best Lead Actor), nomination for Barbara Hale (Best Supporting Actress)
Perry Mason four season pack DVD box set  "Perry Mason Seasons 1-4" DVD Box Set [2009]
contains 129 episodes on 32 disks; savings at release of $72 versus box sets above
Paramount color DVD [12/2009] 32 disks - out of prodn/used
Perry Mason TV series Season 5 Volume 1  Season 5, Volume 1 (15 episodes of 61-62 season):
Paramount color DVD [4/2010] 4 disks for $32.49
Season 5, Volume 2 (15 episodes of 61-62 season):
Paramount color DVD [11/2010] 4 disks for $36.99
Perry Mason five season pack DVD box set  "Perry Mason Seasons 1-5" DVD Box Set [2010]
contains 159 episodes on 40 disks, for savings of $40 versus box sets above
Paramount color DVD [11/2010] for $206.99
Perry Mason TV series Season 6 Volume 2   Season 6, Volume 1 (14 episodes of 62-63 season):
Paramount color DVD [10/2011] 4 disks for $35.99
Season 6, Volume 2 (14 episodes of 62-63 season):
Paramount color DVD [11/2011] 4 disks for $34.99
Perry Mason TV series Season 7 Volume 1   Season 7, Volume 1 (15 episodes of 63-64 season):
Paramount color DVD [8/2012] 4 disks for $35.83
Season 7, Volume 2 (15 episodes of 63-64 season):
Paramount color DVD [10/2012] 4 disks for $36.77
Perry Mason TV series Season 8 Volume 2   Season 8, Volume 1 (15 episodes of 64-65 season):
Paramount color DVD [11/2012] 4 disks for $30.98
Season 8, Volume 2 (15 episodes of 64-65 season):
Paramount color DVD [1/2013] 4 disks for $30.86
Perry Mason TV series Season 9 Volume 2   Final Season 9, Volume 1 (15 episodes of 65-66 season):   6/2013
Paramount color DVD [6/2013] 4 disks for $30.08
Final Season 9, Volume 2 (15 episodes of 65-66 season):   8/2013
Paramount color DVD [8/2013] 4 disks for $34.08

Hiding in Plain Sight biography of Raymond Burr by Michael Seth Starr  "Hiding In Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr" [2008]
by Michael Seth Starr

Biography of movie & TV actor Raymond Burr [1917-93] that bills itself as the 'first in-depth' look at Burr's very secret life, which included his life partner of 35 years, actor Robert Benevides.
Kindle Edition from Applause Books [9/2009] for $13.26
Applause Books 8½x5¾ pb [9/2009] for $13.96
Applause Books 9x6¼ hardcover [4/3008] out of print/many, many used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Perry Mason" TV movies [1985-95]
A tentative revival TV movie in 1985 was very popular, so an on-going series of original stories were filmed with
Raymond Burr as Perry Mason, with two to four shows produced each year. (Gardner received 'characters created
by' credit.) When Burr died in September 1993, the series title was changed to "A Perry Mason Mystery" with
Paul Sorvino (once) then Hal Holbrook (3 times) starring as the main character.

"Perry Mason Returns" TV-movie/revival [1985] /tt0089801/
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun" TV movie [1986]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star" TV movie [1986]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love" TV movie [1987]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit" TV movie [1987]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam" TV movie [1987]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel" TV movie [1987]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace" TV movie [1988]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake" TV movie [1988]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Poisoned Pen" TV movie [1990]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception" TV movie [1990]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer" TV movie [1990]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter" TV movie [1990]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster" TV movie [1991]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin" TV movie [1991]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion" TV movie [1991]
"erry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing" TV movie [1992]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo" TV movie [1992]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride" TV movie [1992]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal" TV movie [1993]
"Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss" TV movie [1993]

"A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives" TV movie [ 1993]
"A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle" TV movie [1994]
"A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor" TV movie [1994]
"A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester" TV movie [1995]



"Perry Mason" feature films [1934 to present]
Erle Stanley Gardner movie/tv credits [1934-95] at Internet Movie Database

Perry Mason Mysteries Collection DVD box set  "Perry Mason Mysteries: The Original Warner Bros. Movies Collection"
DVD Box Set [2012]

Warner Archive DVD-R set [10/2012] 3 disks for $34.35
contains six feature films: "The Case of The Howling Dog" [Sept 1934] starring Warren William & Mary Astor; "The Case of The Curious Bride" [April 1935] directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Warren William & Margaret Lindsay; "The Case of The Lucky Legs" [Oct 1935] starring Warren William, Genevieve Tobin, Patricia Ellis, Lyle Talbot & Allen Jenkins; "The Case of The Velvet Claws" [Aug 1936] starring Warren William, Claire Dodd & Wini Shaw; "The Case of The Black Cat" [Oct 1936] starring Ricardo Cortez, June Travis & Jane Bryan; and "The Case of The Stuttering Bishop" [June 1937] starring Donald Woods & Ann Dvorak; extras include scratchy original trailers


"The Case of The Howling Dog" [Warner Bros. Sept 1934]
Case of The Howling Dog movie based on the Perry Mason novel by Erle Stanley Gardner  A millionaire asks attorney Perry Mason to write up a will leaving his estate to the wife of his next-door neighbor; the following day, both the client and the woman have disappeared.
Directed by Alan Crosland; adapted by Ben Markson; starring Warren William, Mary Astor, Allen Jenkins, Grant Mitchell, Helen Trenholme, Helen Lowell, Dorothy Tree, Gordon Westcott, Harry Tyler, Arthur Aylesworth, Russell Hicks, 'Wild Bill' Elliott & Lightning the Dog
movie available only on Warner Archive Collection DVD {just above}
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Case of The Curious Bride" [Warner Bros./Vitaphone April 1935]
Case of The Curious Bride movie based on the Perry Mason novel by Erle Stanley Gardner  Just before Perry and Della embark for a vacation in China, a former lady friend asks Perry for help: her ex-husband, who she thought dead, has turned up and is trying to blackmail her. The next day, he is found murdered and the client is arrested for the crime. Produced by Harry Joe Brown; directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Warren William, Margaret Lindsay, Claire Dodd, Donald Woods, Allen Jenkins, Phillip Reed, Barton MacLane, Wini Shaw, Warren Hymer, Olin Howland, Charles Richman, Thomas E. Jackson & Errol Flynn
movie available only on Warner Archive Collection DVD {just above}
credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Case of The Lucky Legs" [1935] /tt0026185/

"The Case of The Velvet Claws" [1936] /tt0027429/

"The Case of The Black Cat" [1936] based on "The Case of The Caretaker's Cat" /tt0027428/

"The Case of The Stuttering Bishop" [1937] /tt0028695/

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Granny Get Your Gun" [1940] based on "The Case of The Dangerous Dowager"

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Perry Mason" Movie Project  
Announced 10/2011: Robert Downey, Jr. is in talks to star in the newly-launched “Perry Mason” movie
franchise at Warner Brothers; added 2/2012: Marc Guggenheim is hired to write the script • not yet listed at IMDb



District Attorney Doug Selby
Mystery Series

"The D.A. Calls It Murder" [#1 = 1937]
"They Call It Murder" feature film [1971]
starring Jim Hutton, Jessica Walter, Lloyd Bochner, Leslie Nielsen & Ed Asner; DVD out 2009

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The D.A. Holds A Candle" [#2 = 1938]
"The D.A. Draws A Circle" [#3 = 1939]
"The D.A. Goes To Trial" [#4 = 1940]
"The D.A. Cooks A Goose" [#5 = 1942]
"The D.A. Calls A Turn" [#6 = 1944]
"The D.A. Breaks A Seal" [#7 = 1946]
"The D.A. Takes A Chance" [#8 = 1949]
"The D.A. Breaks An Egg" [#9 = 1949]


Other Fiction
by Erle Stanley Gardner

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Adventures of Paul Pry" [stories 1989]
Mysterious Dime Detective pb [2/90] out of print/used

"The Adventures of Paul Pry: Volume 2" [stories 1992]
House of Stratus pb [10/2002] out of print/used

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Amazing Adventures of Lester Leith" [stories 1981]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Blonde In Lower Six" [Carroll & Graf 1990]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Case of The Backward Mule" [D.A. Terry Clane 1946]
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Backward-Mule-ebook/dp/B0085IBFDU/

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Murderer’s Bride & Other Stories paperback edited by Ellery Queen  "The Case of The Murderer’s Bride & Other Stories" [1969]
contains Unorthodox Introduction; Unorthodox Postscript; ”The Case of The Murderer’s Bride” (1957) with cops Cpl. Cortland & Dr. Dixon; ”The Candy Kid” (1931) with Lester Leith; ”To Strike A Match” (1938) in China; ”Death Rides A Boxcar” with Jayson Burr & Gabby Hilman; and “The Jeweled Butterfly” (1953)
Davis / Dale Books mass pb [1977] out of print/used
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Case of The Musical Cow" [Rob Trenton 1950]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Case of The Smoking Chimney" [Gramps Wiggins 1943]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Case of The Turning Tide" [Gramps Wiggins 1941]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Clew of The Forgotten Murder" [written as Carleton Kendrake 1935]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Dead Men's Letters" & Other Short Novels [1990]
Carroll & Graf hardcover [3/90] out of print/used
Carroll & Graf pb [8/91] out of print/used

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Honest Money & Other Short Novels omnibus by Erle Stanley Gardner  "Honest Money & Other Short Novels" [1991]
Six stories that originally appeared in Black Mask Magazine
in 1932 & 1933, featuring Ken Corning & Helen Vail
Carroll & Graf 9x6 hardcover [7/91] out of print/used
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Human Zero Science Fiction Stories by Erle Stanley Gardner  "The Human Zero: The Science Fiction Stories of Erle Stanley Gardner"
[1981] Edited by Alan Scholefield

Wm. Morrow 8¼x6 hardcover [1/81] out of print/many used
A collection of seven science-fiction novellas by Erle Stanley Gardner published in Argosy Magazine between 1928 and 1932: "A Year In A Day", "The Human Zero", "The Man With Pin-Point Eyes", "Monkey's Eyes" (1929), "New Worlds" (1932), "Rain Magic" (1928), and "The Sky's The Limit" (1929)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Murder Up My Sleeve" [D.A. Terry Clane 1938]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Pay Dirt and Other Stories of Gold Fever & The Western Desert" [1983]
Wm. Morrow hardcover [6/83] out of print/used

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"This Is Murder" [written as Charles G. Kenny 1937]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Two Clues" [rural sheriff Bill Eldon 1947]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Whispering Sands: Stories of Gold Fever & The Western Desert" [1981]
Wm. Morrow hardcover [6/81] out of print/used



Non-Fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner

"Cops On Campus and Crime In The Streets" [1970]
"The Court of Last Resort" [1952]
"Drifting Down The Delta" [1969]
"Gypsy Days On The Delta" [1967]
"The Hidden Heart of Baja" [1962]
"The Host With The Big Hat" [1970]
"Hovering Over Baja" [1961]
"Hunting Lost Mines By Helicopter" [1965]
"Hunting The Desert Whale" [1960]
"The Land of Shorter Shadows" [1948]
"Mexico's Magic Square" [1968]
"Neighborhood Frontiers" [1954]
"Off The Beaten Track In Baja" [1967]
"This Desert Is Yours" [1963]
"The World of Water" [1964]



Stageplays, Movies, Other Media

"Special Investigator" [1936] based on story "Fugitive Road"

"The Bigger They Come" episode of "Climax!" TV series [1955]

"The Court of Last Resort" 25-episode TV series [1957-58] /tt0050007/

"Cool and Lam" TV movie [1958]

"They Call It Murder" TV movie [1971] /tt0067847/



Works About
Erle Stanley Gardner

Erle Stanley Gardner biography by Dorothy B. Hughes  
"Erle Stanley Gardner: The Case of The Real Perry Mason - A Biography"
[1978] by mystery writer Dorothy B. Hughes

Wm. Morrow 9½x6¼ hardcover [3/78] out of print/many, many used
Secrets of The World's Best-Selling Writer book by Francis L. & Roberta B. Fugate  "Secrets of The World's Best-Selling Writer: The Storytelling Techniques of Erle Stanley Gardner" [1980]
by Francis L. Fugate & Roberta B. Fugate

Wm. Morrow hardcover [9/80] out of print/used
Erle Stanley Gardner's Ventura book by Richard L. Senate  "Erle Stanley Gardner's Ventura: The Birthplace of Perry Mason" [1996]
by Richard L. Senate

Charon Press hardcover [9/96] out of print/used
I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason mystery novel by Susan Kandel  "I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason" [2004] by Susan Kandel
Researcher Cece Caruso is working on a biography of Erle Stanley Gardner. She stumbles upon a mis-filed appeal for Gardner's help to prove a convicted prisoner innocent of his wife's murder, and when she looks into the 1958 'cold case', there is a new murder ...
Avon mass pb [3/2005] for $6.29
Wm. Morrow 8¼x5¾ hardcover [6/2004] out of print/many, many used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"The Case of Erle Stanley Gardner" featurette [on 2008 DVD]
not listed on IMDb (4/2009)


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