I always knew that if I was facing a deadline crunch for the "ASOTV" showcase on a "Two for Tuesday", then Perry Mason would be able to get me out of a jam just as he so often did for his clients.
Today's that Tuesday.......
AS SEEN IN:
Erle Stanley Gardner
AS SEEN IN:
'The New Perry Mason'
The Toobworld of Remakes
TV STATUS (FOR BOTH):
Perry Mason is a fictional character, a defense attorney who was the main character in works of detective fiction authored by Erle Stanley Gardner. Perry Mason was featured in more than 80 novels and short stories, most of which had a plot involving his client's murder trial. Typically, Mason was able to establish his client's innocence by implicating another character, who then confessed.
Gardner, who was one of the best-selling authors of all time, had "135 million copies of his books in print in America alone in the year of his death" in 1969. The character of Perry Mason was portrayed each weekday on a long-running radio series, followed by well-known depictions on film and television, including "television's most successful and longest-running lawyer series" from 1957 to 1966 starring Raymond Burr; another series in 1973–1974, starring Monte Markham, [Harry Guardino, Dane Clark], and Brett Somers; and 30 made-for-TV movies filmed from 1985 to 1993.
Perry Mason originated in BookWorld, but could also be found in the Cineverse (played by Warren William as well as by Ricardo Cortez and originally by Donald Wood). And he was played by Bartlett Robinson, Santos Ortega, and Donald Briggs in the first three years of the radio drama before John Larkin took over the role.
In my Toobworld novel, the Monte Markham version of Perry Mason shows up, although not named (of course). He's revealed to be an impostor, one of those bent-pinkie aliens as seen in 'The Invaders'......
Any other suggestions for the radio universe besides "Radioverse"?