Frequently Asked Questions

Since putting this page up, I have been getting some questions from people out there who have visited the page. (Thanks to all for visiting!) So I decided to put this page up with some of the common questions. Please keep in mind that I am not an expert on Erle Stanly Gardner, just a big fan who has read most of the books and seen most of the TV episodes. You might also want to check out some of the other Erle Stanley Gardner / Perry Mason sites that I have listed on the links page.

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Where can I buy the TV episodes on tape?

The TV episodes can be found as part of the Columbia House Re-TV collection, as Perry Mason: The Collectors Edition. Each tape in this collection contains two episodes, and costs $19.95 plus S&H. (The first tape is only $4.95 plus S&H) Unfortunately, you cannot choose the order in which you receive the episodes. However, you can return any tapes you do not want within 10 days. You are not required to buy any minimum number of tapes. You can order these directly from the Columbia House web site.

I do not know if there is any place where you can buy the TV movies on tape.

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Where can I find Perry Mason books in print?

Currently the Perry Mason books are being published by Ballentine books (a Random House imprint) in the U.S. You can visit the Random House web site or jump right to their mystery section.

I do not know if any of Gardner's other books are currently being printed. I am also not sure if another publisher is publishing any of his books in Europe or elsewhere in the world.

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Which case did Perry lose in court?

The Case of the Deadly Verdict was one TV episode that Perry lost in court. His client refused to give him the information he needed to help acquit her, even though she was headed for the gas chamber. At the last minute, Perry is able to solve the murder and his client is freed at the last moment. However, he still lost the court case and all of the appeals that followed.

Another case that Perry lost was The Case of the Terrified Typist. (More information about this case to follow.)

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