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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Perry Mason Miniseries

"The way I see it... there's what's legal, and there's what's right." - Perry Mason (HBO Miniseries)

This is a great time for dieselpunks when it comes to small screen entertainment. My readers know that this month we have the Dieselpunk series Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels. Soon we’ll have some more Diesel Era goodness: Perry Mason.

According to the HBO website:

Set in 1932 Los Angeles, the series will focus on the origin story of famed defense lawyer Perry Mason, based on characters from Erle Stanley Gardner’s novels. Living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator, Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage.

L.A. is booming while the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression — but a kidnapping gone very wrong leads to Mason exposing a fractured city as he uncovers the truth of the crime.

The HBO miniseries will have some big names. The new Perry Mason series will star John Lithgow, Matthew Rhys, and Tatiana Maslany. Plus, one of the executive-producers will be Robert Downey Jr.

It's obvious that HBO’s Perry Mason is closer to the original novel than the long-running television series of the 1950s- 60s was. The first Perry Mason novel was The Case of the Velvet Claws published in 1933. In this novel Perry Mason describes himself:

You'll find that I'm a lawyer who has specialized in trial work, and in a lot of criminal work...I'm a specialist on getting people out of trouble. They come to me when they're in all sorts of trouble, and I work them out ... If you look me up through some family lawyer or some corporation lawyer, he'll probably tell you that I'm a shyster. If you look me up through some chap in the District Attorney's office, he'll tell you that I'm a dangerous antagonist but he doesn't know very much about me.

Perry Mason is scheduled to debut on HBO on June 21, 2020.

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