Criminal lawyer and all-time number-one mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. His most popular books starred the incomparable attorney-sleuth Perry Mason.
The Case of the Lucky Legs is the story of a confidence man who promoted fake beauty pageants in small California towns. Marjorie Clune was one of his winning victims, "The Girl with the Lucky Legs". She was promised a Hollywood movie contract, but the scam artist fled with the money. Marjorie fled too; left her hometown in shame to try and “prove” herself in Hollywood. Perry Mason is hired to track her down, but when the deceitful pageant promoter turns up murdered, Marjorie becomes the prime suspect in this “edge of your seat” murder mystery.
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I wasn't sure if I would like these radio-stories or not. I do. In fact I like them quite a bit and hope more come to audible. I've enjoyed reading a lot of the books in print and I think Jerry Robbins does great justice to Perry Mason. I always found that in the books Perry was more edgy than the TV version. In fact when you read the books you really see WHY the DA hates Perry so much.... These dramatizations are definitely show this side of Perry too.
Erle Stanley Gardner would be proud of this production!! Perry is the best. The CRT players liven up this great story. The best entertainment ever. Thanks for a great production.
I read the book on which this radio play is based about 15 years ago, and so I wasn't really critiquing all the short cuts they did. Still, the scene transitions are abrupt and unexpected, and the plot is better suited to a show on Nickelodeon. For example, in the first scene, Perry says he hopes the guy he's been talking about comes to see him soon. Then 2 seconds of silence later, that guy knocks on the door. It took me awhile to figure out some time had passed, and silence was the scene transition. There's lots of jarring transitions between scenes where one set of characters is talking and then a couple seconds later a completely different set is talking.
If the acting were good, maybe I could make allowances, but it's not. While the dialogue is similar to what Gardner wrote back in the 30's and 40's (It's nothing like the Perry Mason TV series with Raymond Burr.), it is delivered like bullets fired out of a machine gun. No pacing, no nuance, in short, no acting - just delivery of their lines. Coupled with the confusing production cues,this is a total failure to bring Perry Mason to audio.
Amazingly, there is NO courtroom drama in this Perry Mason, courtroom drama story. Also, the writer of this new. but not improved version of Gardner's original story, decided to change the identity of the murderer. As far as performances go, none were standout great. The actress playing Della Street had a very hard. hostile edge to her -- uncharacteristic for Della. MIA: Lt. Tragg and Gertie. Thankfully this was a cheap title so I didn't part with too much cash. If you're really interested in this title, watch the TV episode--much truer to the original.
Perry Mason's claim to fame were his courtroom antics. Any production of Perry Mason must include the courtroom part. Elementary.
Perry had a new. fast-talking edginess that was unique and clearly separated the actor from Mr. Burr's classic PM
Margie sounded about 10 years old... might use an actress with more ...er... maturity to her voice...Margie was an ingenue but not a child.
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