Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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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.


Jesse Hibbs


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




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


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

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


Did You Know?


Because it was known that this would be the series' final episode, it's is full of inside jokes. For example, an actress comments while drinking that she would never take part in a show that was in a time slot opposite "Bonanza" (which this series was at the time). In another example, a character named "Jackson Sidemark" alludes to the show's longtime executive producer Gail Patrick Jackson and producers Art Seid and Arthur Marks. See more »


Perry Mason dismisses Leif Early's rant against Hollywood on the witness stand as being irrelevant, but then allows the prosecution to call forth a parade of witnesses to testify about Winfred Glover's past bad behavior in matters completely unrelated to the case, without offering a single objection. See more »


[last lines]
Perry Mason: Now, it seems to me the place to start is at the beginning.
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References Witness for the Prosecution (1957) See more »

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Great last episode
14 September 2019 | by forryjesseSee all my reviews

Weak in a few spots but very good overall. At least Marks was not directing Great that the behind the scenes crew was shown.

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22 May 1966 (USA) See more »

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