Erle Stanley Gardner (right) with Raymond Burr (left and above) on the July 4, 1964 issue of TV Guide. Burr starred as Perry Mason in the TV series based on Gardner’s novels from 1957 to 1966, and he reprised the role for 26 TV movies from 1985 to 1993.
There had been a Perry Mason radio series, though it was more soap opera than mystery. Gardner was disappointed with the radio series and with a series of Warner Brothers films featuring Mason in the 1930s. He formed his own production company, Paisano Productions, and produced the Mason TV series. Today, the series is still in syndication and regarded as a classic.