The Case of the Alliterative Attorney

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About the author:
Bill Sullivan was born in Henderson, Kentucky in 1953 and has lived there all his life. A lifelong fan of old TV, he has an 888-issue unbroken run of TV Guide issues (from 1954 through 1971), which he keeps in a storage unit away from his home. Bill taped his first Perry Mason episode in 1978 from WGN. When superstation WTBS picked up the series, he was hooked. Bill is also a big comic book collector. The Case of the Alliterative Attorney is his first book.

Ed Robertson has written, co-written or collaborated on several books on film and television, including The Fugitive Recaptured, Maverick: Legend of the West, Thirty Years of The Rockford Files and The Ethics of Star Trek. He also hosts and produces TV Confidential, a syndicated radio talk show about television that caters to listeners age forty-five and up. Follow Ed online at and

The Case of the Alliterative Attorney

Guide to the Perry Mason TV Series and TV Movies

Authored by Bill Sullivan
Authored with Ed Robertson

"The key to Perry Mason was that it was a game show. It was 'Who Killed Cock Robin?' You had five suspects, each of whom had their own scene [opposite Mason] in the course of each show-and each of whom had a chance to 'one-up' Mason in that scene. So when it got to court in the second half of the show, the imprint of the characters was so strong that the game persisted. That, with outstanding scripts and direction, plus the chemistry between Raymond Burr and the rest of the cast, are the main reasons for the show's popularity."

~Arthur Marks,
producer of the original CBS series,
director of seventy-six episodes of Perry Mason (more than any other director)

"The underlying dynamic behind the appeal of Perry Mason is that it was a show about innocent people who are unjustly accused. Everyone would like to have a 'Godfather,' and to some extent Raymond Burr filled that part. It was an indestructible formula."

~Dean Hargrove,
writer of Perry Mason Returns,
executive producer of the NBC Perry Mason movies

Based on the best-selling novels of Erle Stanley Gardner, Perry Mason was an idealized portrayal of our legal system-a reminder that, in the end, what matters is that justice is truly served. Part whodunit, part courtroom thriller, both the long-running original series (CBS, 1957-1966) and the equally successful made-for-TV movies (NBC, 1985-1995) have not only captivated audiences around the world since their respective premieres, but continue to attract new viewers every day via cable and DVD.

THE CASE OF THE ALLITERATIVE ATTORNEY tells you everything you wanted to know about the iconic TV series that made Raymond Burr a star. Featuring a comprehensive episode guide to both the original CBS series and NBC movies, the book includes interviews and commentaries from such esteemed Perry Mason alumni as Barbara Hale ("Della Street") and Richard Anderson ("Lieutenant Drumm"); guest actors Ruta Lee, David McCallum, H.M. Wynant, Jacqueline Scott, June Lockhart and Margaret O'Brien; producer/director Arthur Marks; writer/producer Dean Hargrove; directors Ron Satlof, Christian Nyby II and James Sheldon; and many, many others. Plus: insight into the writing and production of both the CBS and NBC series; fun and interesting factoids for every episode; behind-the-scenes photographs; and a whole lot more.

Publication Date:
1517356768 / 9781517356767
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Performing Arts / Television / History & Criticism

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