Erle Stanley Gardner was the author of "Perry Mason" stories. Trained as a lawyer he became a novelist of Perry Mason crime stories. In the TV series the titles of each Episode would begin:

"In Erle Stanley Gardner's The Case of the …." or

"The case of the …. based on Characthers by Erle Stanley Gardner."

In the last episode of the orginal TV series Perry Mason "The case of the Final Fade out" the second Judge in the last part of the episode was played by Erle Stanley Gardner himself in a uncredited role!