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Happy Hogan 

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Superman's Pal

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Subj: Re: Perry Mason: Book #1 (1933) and Episode #1 (1957)
Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 at 03:02:03 am EDT (Viewed 110 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Perry Mason: Book #1 (1933) and Episode #1 (1957)
Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 at 03:38:17 pm EDT (Viewed 119 times)

    Interesting that Mason's rough edges were smoothed for later books. I think Rockford was created out of all the discarded rough edges, lol.

Gardner was writing more Perry Mason books even into the 60s when the TV series was going on. By then I'm sure Gardner wanted Mason to live up to the clean cut image people were seeing on the TV screen.

But I'm pretty sure Jim Rockford was not inspired in any way by Perry Mason. The similar rough edges was just a coincidence. I seem to recall reading that the creators of The Rockford Files just wanted the title character to be a modern day Bret Maverick.

Also Jim Rockford tended to get beat up a lot more than Mason.

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