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Perry Mason Forever, Raymond Burr was Love, Beautiful Truth and Attractive Justice
Classic: The Shoplifter's Shoe with Leonard Nemoy
COME My Friends
...and sing with me, the intro to our favorite PLEA... Bargain that is... The story begins with a Tall, Dark, and HANDSOME lawyer named:
Da-daaa DUH Dunt...
Da-daaa DUH DUNT...
Du-du-du... Duh-du, Da-duh Duh-du....da da da....
Perry Made a Difference - Just ask Ms.Sotomayor
September 12th marks the anniversary of Raymond Burr's passing. Although this went mainly unnoticed by the general masses, some of his die hard fans still remember and smile... The days of Perry Mason fame shines forever in our memories like Raymond Burr's STAR on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
I still watch Perry Mason whenever I am able. Each noon day Monday through Friday, his enthralling black & white capers convince some shameless hussy, jealous business partner, vindictive second cousin twice removed to finally come clean and unburden themselves of their blood guilt, Admit their faults before a packed court house & waiting home television audience.
Pitiful but ever persistent DA Hamilton Burger (played by William Talman) was the picture of humility and faith. Regardless of the amount of well prepared cases he lost to Perry and crew, Hamilton kept moving forward. I believe his mantra was similar to W. C. Fields "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again... " [neglecting the remaining part] ..."Then quit. There's no use being a [_____] fool about it."
Like a handsome hero to the rescue, Perry's sure & steady character commanded the courtroom & the hearts of many-a-housewife of old. Even now - years later - his deep sideways glances, head slightly tilted forward would allow the camera to catch a brooding and furrowed brow of concern. We all knew what that meant: 'watch out', This is serious business, serious PERRY business! Hair flashing dark and lustrous with that handsome 'Man-Swoop' to the side. The strikingly deep yet friendly voice calling: "Della, get me Paul on the phone" he was calling for back up, time to take it up a notch. Perry was the epitome of attractive truth, justice, and beautiful strength.(What? How did those italicized adjectives slip in there: attractive? beautiful? oh well...)
Perry via Raymond Burr, made it 'OK' to trust a lawyer. In fact, I truly believe there must be a secret society of lawyers who fund the steady flow of Perry flicks. How else could this survive the chop-shop of the television industry? I may be wrong & there is no evidence to support this save circumstantial (learned that from Perry of course), but we all know without that steady flow of Perry, the image of trial lawyers just might incur damage. Perry brings a positive public perception to THEIR profession, hmmm, need I say more?....
I understand many people enjoy bringing up Raymond Burr's long time companion and questionable marital history, however there will be none of that here. Perry taught us not to jump to conclusions without the back up of your own private dick like Paul Drake to dig up the REAL dirt, Just stick to the facts! (unless you have enough circumstantial evidence to bluff with), so like a true Perry fan I'm doing just that.
Enjoy a Perry flick OR any of his other work and remember when...
Raymond Burr(May 21, 1917 to September 12, 1993)
Rear Window... (1954)
Out of the Blue (1980)
Perry Mason Television Show's (1956 - 1995)