#1 The Case of the Restless Redhead

The Case of the Restless Redhead
Perry Mason Season One Volume One
Released July 11, 2006

Perry Mason DVD

The Case of the Restless Redhead (Episode #1)
Original air date: September 21, 1957
Produced by CBS Television in Association with Paisano Productions

Cast List

Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
Barbara Hale as Della Street
William Hopper as Paul Drake
William Talman as Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins as Lt. Tragg

Whitney Blake ... Evelyn Bagby
Ralph Clanton ... Mervyn Aldritch
Gloria Henry ... Helene Cheney
Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Boles
Jane Buchanan ... Mrs. Boles
Dick Rich ... Sgt. Holcomb
Grandon Rhodes ... Judge Kippen
Norman Leavitt ... Mr. Redfield
Helen Mayon ... Mary Thompson
Jack Gargan ... Court Clerk
Clark Howat ... Policeman
Lorraine Martin ... Drake's Operator

Key Production Staff

Directed by William D. Russell
Teleplay by Russell S. Hughes
Ben Brady, Producer
Gail Patrick Jackson, Executive Producer
Sam White, Associate Producer

The Case of the Restless Redhead
A Perry Mason Mystery by Erle Stanley Gardner


Jack Gargan, who was introduced in this episode as a court clerk, filled that role 14 times. He also portrayed a bailiff in The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink (1957).

Grandon Rhodes was the first in a long line of popular judges in recurring roles. He appeared in 16 episodes.

Gloria Henry and Whitney Blake both went on to become popular TV sitcom moms. Gloria Henry was Alice Mitchell on Dennis the Menace (1959-63) and Whitney Blake played Dorothy Baxter in Hazel (1961-66). Whitney Blake's daughter was also a popular sitcom mom. Meredith Baxter portrayed Elyse Keaton, matriarch of the Keaton clan in Family Ties (1982-89).

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