Perry Mason (1957–1966)
8.9/10
194
7 user 1 critic

The Case of the Final Fade-Out 

Barry Conrad has become a major star with an oversized ego. At the last moment, he tells his producer, Jackson Sidemark, that he won't be signing a new contract. Conrad, then Sidemark, are killed giving Perry two clients back to back.

Director:

Jesse Hibbs

Writers:

Ernest Frankel, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Richard Anderson ... Police Lt. Steve Drumm
James Stacy ... Barry Conrad
Estelle Winwood ... Winifred Glover
Jackie Coogan ... Pete Desmond
Denver Pyle ... Jackson Sidemark
Dick Clark ... Leif Early
Gerald Mohr ... Andy Rubin
Marlyn Mason ... Erna Landry
Kenneth MacDonald ... Judge #1
William Tannen ... Frank - Studio Guard
Margaret Shinn Margaret Shinn ... Starlet #1
Edit

Storyline

Producer Jackson Sidemark has a hit TV series. Unfortunately, his star, Barry Conrad, tells him he won't be doing another season after Sidemark is already on the hook for numerous contractual obligations. Conrad stabs others in the back too, like the former star Winifred Glover who gave him his start, and the writer of Sidemark's show. There's little surprise when Conrad's murder occurs but nothing goes as expected after that. Conrad was killed in the midst of a scene with a last minute plot change in which guns are substituted for knives. There's perjury, dismissal of charges against Sidemark, and accusations from Burger of Perry's misconduct. After a second murder with Sidemark as the victim, Perry has a new client - the actress Winifred Glover, and must solve both cases to get at the truth. He's helped and hindered by a cast of both familiar TV faces and members of the "Perry Mason" crew in bit parts, plus Perry's creator Erle Stanley Gardner as the final Judge. Written by Arthur Bullock

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1966 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The only episode to feature Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of Perry Mason. He portrays the judge at the second trial. See more »

Goofs

The first murder is committed with a prop gun, specifically a semi-automatic pistol modified to fire blanks. Such guns have bore restricters, weakened springs and ground-off locking lugs, all necessary to operate with the weak chamber pressure and recoil impetus of blanks; they invariably blow up or fly apart if fired with live ammunition. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Perry Mason: Now, it seems to me the place to start is at the beginning.
See more »

Connections

References Witness for the Prosecution (1957) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Lt. Tragg, you are still missed, lo these 50+ years
20 November 2013 | by govettSee all my reviews

A well-done series ending. The ensemble of Perry plus four was magic. All legal dramas since have been pale derivatives. But I have few quibbles about the final show:

* The actual crew appeared on screen, deservedly, but their dialog seemed a bit too amateurish.

* Lt. Tragg (Ray Collins) should have been mentioned somewhere, for old time's sake. He was my favorite actor in the series, and his wry wit was sorely missed after his death.

* Fred Steiner finally appeared in the credits as the composer of the Perry Mason theme, which is entitled Park Avenue Beat. (Incidentally, live performances of the full piece are on YouTube.)


23 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed