PERRY MASON: O Advogado Mais Famoso da Literatura e da Televisão

Agora que a HBO anuncia uma nova série com histórias do advogado Perry Mason, criação literária do escritor americano Erle Stanley Gardner, um advogado que fez carreira na arte de criar histórias policiais estilo Pulp Fiction, resolvi re(ver) alguns episódios da série de TV original do personagem.

Foram 9 temporadas de enorme sucesso, veiculadas pela CBS entre os anos de 1957 a 1965. Houve duas tentativas de retomada do personagem, sem sucesso. O ator canadense Raymond Burr (cujo papel mais famoso é o do vilão no clássico JANELA INDISCRETA, de Alfred Hitchcock e que depois, durante oito anos fez TÊMPERA DE AÇO – IRONSIDE, onde vivia Michael Ironside, um policial paraplégico de São Francisco) ficou eternizado como o elegante advogado criminalista (sempre muito bem vestido) que enfrentava a Promotoria e a Polícia, em cada episódio, na defesa intransigente de seus clientes.

Stanley Gardner criou outros personagens que viraram clássicos no universo de Perry Mason: a super secretária Della Street (Barbara Hale), o investigador Paul Drake (William Hopper), o Tenente Arthur Tragg (Ray Collins) e o Promotor Hamilton Burguer (William Talman). Eles eram onipresentes nas histórias de Mason.

Entre os cineastas que dirigiram apisódios de PERRY MASON estão Arthur Hiller, Andrew V. McLaglen, Richard Donner, Ted Post, Robert Ellis Muller e Jack Arnold. Na lista de atores e atrizes que participaram da série estão Richard Anderson, John Larkin, Paul Lambert, Louise Fletcher, Gary Collins, Barbara Bain, Tracy Morgan, Angie Dickinson, James Drury, Walter Pidgeon, Michael Rennie, Barry Sullivan, Cloris Leachman, Ryan O’Neal, Ellen Burstyn, Murray Hamilton, Robert Redford e Barbara Eden.

Quando adolescente, li muitos livros de Perry Mason, by Erle Stanley Gardner. Mason era (e segue sendo) um personagem fascinante para os fãs de histórias policiais. Esperamos que a série nova da HBO faça renascer o personagem do advogado Perry Mason.

Now that HBO announces a new series featuring stories with the famous lawyer Perry Mason, the literary creation of American writer Erle Stanley Gardner, a lawyer who has made a career in the art of creating Pulp Fiction-style crime stories, I decided to re (watch) some episodes of the TV series original character.

There were 9 seasons of enormous success, aired by CBS between the years 1957 to 1965. There were two remakes without success. Canadian actor Raymond Burr (whose most famous role is that of the villain in Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic REAR WINDOW and who later, for eight years did IRONSIDE, where Michael Ironside, a paraplegic policeman from San Francisco), lived, was immortalized as the elegant criminal lawyer (always very well dressed) who faced the prosecution and the police, in each episode, in the uncompromising defense of his clients.

Stanley Gardner created other characters that became classics in the Perry Mason universe: super secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale), investigator Paul Drake (William Hopper), Lieutenant Arthur Tragg (Ray Collins) and Prosecutor Hamilton Burguer (William Talman). They were ubiquitous in Mason’s stories.

Among the filmmakers who directed PERRY MASON’s episodes are Arthur Hiller, Andrew V. McLaglen, Richard Donner, Ted Post, Robert Ellis Muller and Jack Arnold. On the list of actors and actresses who participated in the series are Richard Anderson, John Larkin, Paul Lambert, Louise Fletcher, Gary Collins, Barbara Bain, Tracy Morgan, Angie Dickinson, James Drury, Walter Pidgeon, Michael Rennie, Barry Sullivan, Cloris Leachman, Ryan O’Neal, Ellen Burstyn, Murray Hamilton, Robert Redford and Barbara Eden.

As a teenager, I read many books by Perry Mason, by Erle Stanley Gardner. Mason was (and remains) a fascinating character for fans of crime stories. We hope that the new HBO series will revive the character of attorney Perry Mason.

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