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PERRY MASON fancies a bit of a rest and decides to serve out the rest of his ‘tec tenure in a mobile commode. Bevy of beauties on hand to wheel him hither and thither, including a startling-coiffured BARBARA ANDERSON and demure ELIZABETH BAUR. Demanded bachelor pad upstairs in the local police pound for accessibility reasons (30 years ahead of his time!). DON MITCHELL did the donkey work, an ex-felon “tamed” by the ‘Side’s gentle manner and sage words. Indeed, titular metal-monikered sleuth came to exhibit many a “mellow” side when facing slew of counterculture cretins with long hair and loud clothes. All told, assuredly creaky affairs in need of some WD40.



  1. borgduck

    August 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

    This show is fab, groovy, whatever you wanna call it! So many intelligent plots. Years ahead of its time, I mean, a stalker episode?!

  2. Richard16378

    April 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Until recently a staple of BBC lunchtime schedules along with Murder, She Wrote & Quincy when the Beeb could just about hold onto the rights.

  3. Susan

    February 14, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    In the States, we are watch Ironside for the first time in over 40 years. When I saw it as a teenager, I had some appreciation for the series, but as an adult, I think that it was ahead of it’s time and Raymond Burr made Ironside believable. The relationship between the Chief and Mark was special.

  4. Richardpd

    June 14, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    The opening sting of Quincey Jones’s theme is still popular with people who probably have never seen it sampling it.

    Raymond Burr usually stayed in the wheelchair while on set, even though he developed muscle problems from sitting so much & had trouble with his eyes by having to look up at the other actors & into the studio lighting. Apparently some of his co-stars thought he was disabled in real life, & was the reason he had stopped playing Perry Mason.

  5. Glenn Aylett

    December 9, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    One episode has Bruce lee as a martial arts instructor with the name of Bruce Soo, who does some kung fu moves in front of Ironside.

  6. George White

    December 12, 2023 at 8:06 am

    JW an ep, Shadow Soldiers, set in London, where you get tons of stock footage of Wimpy bars, Harvey Nichols, red buses and then cut to Universal’s Little Europe sets beloved of Universal horror/Sherlock Holmes pictures, looking more like a Soviet training camp than actual Knightsbridge.

  7. Richardpd

    April 9, 2024 at 10:51 pm

    With a slight irony Raymond Burr returned to Perry Mason in the mid 1980s for a series of telemovies similar to how Columbo was brought back.

    Burr had grew a beard around this time, & was quite ill with cancer for the later ones, ironically having to use a wheelchair Off screen.

    Some of the later ones were completed after his death, with the excuse he was out of town on business.

  8. Richardpd

    April 11, 2024 at 10:11 pm

    For many years the BBC billed this as A Man Named Ironside, presumably so viewers wouldn’t think it was going to be about Edmond Ironside!

    It was originally syndicated in the USA as the Raymond Burr Show, back when programmes were retitled when the earlier episodes were syndicated while the show was still being networked.

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