Fans of the show could tell there was romance brewing between Perry and Della. They just knew. Meanwhile, those who read the novels knew even better. The Perry Mason novels have much more romance between the two than the show did.
In “The Case of the Substitute Face,” Mason and Street return home on a cruise ship. On the show, they come back from a business trip. But in the novels, the two return after a vacation cruise around the world. Separate cabins, of course, but a vacation together nonetheless!
That Vintage Camera in HBO’s Perry Mason? You Can Use It Today!
The newest Perry Mason interpretation stands out for several reasons. One is its reputation as a darker take on the original series. Another thing that seems to have stood out for audiences is the rare camera that Matthew Rhys uses in season 1, episode 2.
The camera in question is a Kodak Duo Six-20 – a model that launched in 1933, one year after the events in the show begin. The 620 film is no longer in production but camera enthusiasts can replace it easily with a 120 film. The only difference is in the size of the spool.
The Show Outlived Production Venues
It’s worth remembering that the show ran for nearly a decade, and most elements stayed constant during that time. All but one element, that is.
The show utilized three different studios. The early seasons were filmed at the William Fox Studios, which closed in the 60s. Production shifted to General Service studios before moving to the old Chaplin Studios, where production remained until the final season. That's what happens when a show outlives its studios.
A US Postal Service Homage
Perry Mason, the series, is no stranger to homages, as evidenced by its adaptations. In 2009, the show received a memorable tribute unlike any other. In honor of classic television programs, the US Postal Service issued a panel of forty-four cent commemorative stamps.
It contained a picture of a seated Perry Mason in a courtroom, with District Attorney Hamilton Burger standing over him. The Postal Service also issued a stunning booklet containing twenty picture postal cards.
Product Placements on Perry Mason
The origins of product placements in films go back to 1896 when a Lever Brothers representative in France put in a request to feature Sunlight soap in a movie. The 1957 Perry Mason series features product placements in the closing credits.
They would appear as tiny pictures of the product when credits rolled. HBO’s "Perry Mason" also demonstrates this intrusive marketing necessity. Season 1, Episode 8 has a Crush Drink vintage poster on the wall. In Episode 2, Matthew Rhys holds up a Kodak camera for audiences to get a better view.