A classic from November 1963.
My Hungarian grandmother ADORED Raymond Burr/Perry Mason. He was a heavy, a bad guy in the movies. And then he went on to become America’s favorite lawyer. She wanted me to be a lawyer, too. Instead, I became a Hungarian gypsy.
Have you seen that “Ironside” is back (this time as a black NYPD detective in a wheelchair)? Ta=hat, coupled with the horrible remakes of “Hawaii Five-O” and the ill-fated and mercifully-short-lived “Dragnet” remake make me wonder about the folks in the teevee world…
Mercifully, the rebooted “Ironside” got the boot after two episodes.
I am watching Perry Mason right now in the Case of the Fifty Millionth Frenchman with David McCallum on ME TV. How cool is that at 9 am cst.
I remember Raymond Burr playing the murderer in Rear Window very vividly because his character gave me nightmares for years. Loved him in Perry Mason. Too bad that ATT’s U-verse doesn’t carry MeTV.
… and nobody comments on the theme music! Fred Steiner created arguably the best TV show theme music ever, and inarguably my personal favorite (well, equaled by the theme to DS9, but that’s comparing apples and oranges). Stella watches Perry Mason at least daily; I join her for the theme music and stay or leave depending on the episode… but I try never to miss the theme.
I think some of the best music of the 20th century was written for television. Henry Mancini, Fred Steiner, John Williams (known early on as Johnny Williams), and Lalo Schifrin all wrote great TV theme music. I’ve always liked film scores, and some of the best composers of the 20th century — Korngold, Waxman, Copland — wrote for the movies. I suspect the pay had something to do with it, but Korngold’s Violin Concerto that steals from his own scores is a favorite.
I think I’ll do a week of ALNM of film scores…
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