|WILLIAM HOPPER (LEFT) AS PERRY MASON? NO, I DON'T SEE IT EITHER.|
The video is introduced by Mason's Della Street, Barbara Hale, and features screen tests for the various Mason roles. The photo above is from a test given to William Hopper*, who auditioned for Mason but wound up playing his loyal detective Paul Drake instead. Tell me if you think any of these would have worked.
*Barbara Hale is the mother of William Katt, who played Paul Drake Jr. in the early Mason made-for-TV movies. Not to be outdone, William Hopper, the original Drake, was the son of the legendary gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.