YMMV / Perry Mason

  • Awesome Music:
  • Cant Unhear It: Ever since the television series and Made for TV Movies, it is impossible to read any of the novels without hearing Raymond Burr as the title character, or Barbara Hale as Della Street, or in fact most of the main cast.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one episode, Mason defends a man played by Robert Stack. Decades later, Raymond Burr hosted the first Unsolved Mysteries special before Robert Stack took over the job.
    • Some of Raymond Burr's previous roles as The Heavy (or, in the case of Rear Window, the murderer) could count as this thanks to Perry Mason eventually becoming Burr's best-known role. In fact, Burr had played the District Attorney in one film.
    • The same also goes for William Talman, who played DA Hamilton Burger in the original series — Talman got his first major role as a psychopathic serial killer in the 1953 Film Noir The Hitch-Hiker.
  • Ho Yay: "The Case of the Jaded Joker": Comedian Danny Ross lives in a house with a man named Freddie Green, and they seem to spend a lot of time together. Danny is also adamant that Perry represent Freddie.
    Paul Drake: One day, [Freddie]'s picking up pennies, doing two-bit errands for any guy that's got two bits in his pocket. The next day, he's living in luxury at Ross's expense.
    • Female example: In "The Case of the Gilded Lily", Mrs. Brent and the secretary, Enid Griffin seem to take more of a liking to one another than one would expect for mere acquaintances.
      • In "The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll", the false Fern Driscoll seems to have a kind of thing for the just-dumped fiancée, Mildred.
    • "The Case of the Deadly Double" (a standard Split Personality plotnote ) has Paul and Perry investigating the apartment of gentle Helen's feisty other self, Joyce. They find Helen's ex-husband dead on the floor, and are examining Joyce's purse when Tragg walks in, and the following exchange ensues:
    Perry. Well, come in, Lt. Tragg. We were just about to phone you.
    Lt. Tragg. I bet. I'm surprised, Mason. A fashion plate like you in the company of anyone improperly attired. (Paul is still holding Joyce's black purse)
    Perry. Yeah, I see what you mean, black bag, brown jacket. Well, some people just have no taste.
    Tragg. Exactly. No private detective would be carrying an evening bag when dressed for the afternoon. Not even an ex private detective.
    Paul. (looks guilty as hell) Now wait just a minute. Perry can explain everything.
    Tragg. Yes, I'm sure he can.note 

    • Upon re-watching the series (Ho-yay in hindsight?) there were multiple Tragg/Perry Interactions that implied that the they were far 'closer' than simple members of the legal profession.... It has now become my head-Canon that they were a couple. It takes minimal effort to re-see Perry/Della more as Will & Grace than Sam & Diane... that the series Proper ended in 1966, the reunion Movies started in 1986 and they never expressly 'hooked up' just feeds into this... a side theory to this that Paul Jr. is Della/Paul's child (Katt's age hinders this, but since there was little if any mention of Paul Sr. having a Family in the series, it's an issue to canon time line as well)

  • Only the Creator Does It Right: Some fans apply this to any revival done after Erle Stanley Gardner died in 1970.
  • The Scrappy: David Gideon, an eager young law student brought in to assist Perry. He doesn't last.