I just looked up Perry Mason.....that show was on for ten years and had 25 made for TV movies and a brief spin-off staring BRETT SOMERS!! I love old TV and have gotten all the seasons that are available on Netflix. I think they''ve released up to season five.
If you haven''t seen the 1985 TV movie, "Malice in Wonderland", you should add it to your Netflix queue. The guy who plays William Hopper (Thomas Byrd) is very cute. Elizabeth Taylor (fabulous in Nolan Miller costumes) is Louella Parsons. And Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper is campy fun too.
The TV movies, which were done in the ''80s and ''90s were terrible for the most part.\
Not to be confused with the original TV series, which ran from ''57 to ''66. Those are surprisingly good, smart, not pandering to morons, and they often have very good and complicated plots. Also the sets,clothes, grooming, hair and makeup from the ''50s and early ''60s is great to look at.\
I believe the whole first season (fall of ''57 to spring of ''58) is available on Hulu. And keep in mind that in those days a TV season ran for 26-33 episodes! No wonder Burr had a nervous breakdown.
What I love about the Perry Mason show is how they treat Della. She is actually the one who got second billing. She was like the first real feminist career girl. Perry always treated Della as a competent career woman, respected her advice, she wasn''t in love with anyone at the office, wasn''t looking to meet a husband, smiled and wasn''t offended when Paul called her beautiful, was never the woman in danger, and we didn''t know a thing about her personal life. Hell maybe she was a Lez.
I''d like to see the original PM. Wish they would show them on cable. I hardly rem them.
Same here, R11.
A station in L.A. has been airing Perry Mason reruns for 20-plus years.
I recently came across an episode of the Perry Mason series on TV, and noticed a very attractive young actor. I looked the episode up on IMDb, expecting him to be someone totally obscure - turns out it was the young Ryan O''Neal.
Interesting he William Hopper was only 55 when he died in 1970.
KOFY, Channel 20, in San Francisco runs the old black & white Perry Mason TV series every weekday at 8am & noon. I saw them when they were first run during my childhood & they''re still good, for all the reasons stated above.
yea, they don''t play em in nyc. it''s a shame because they play touched by an angel...yikes
OMG..... So sick of all the speculation of Raymond Burr and William Hopper (Paul & Perry) being gay. If you ever really watch the show (as my husband and still I do everyday), you would notice that both of these big handsome actors were manly-professionals and gentlemen. As you watch the show you will also notice these guys were really into women. As each of there eyes carefully fuscous on the "assets" of there lady guest. Either way who even cares how they lived off=screen because there good looks and genuine smiles warmed the hearts of the lady fans.
Charisse 51 - Texas
Charisse 51 - Texas
ah, Charisse, how's that diseased cooch of yours doing? 51? In dog years?
Raymond Burr was gay. Deal with it. If it interrupts your fantasies, pay the hustler a bit more to get you off.
Here in No. California we all love the Widow Burr. (Robert Benevides)
These old Perry Mason shows now run in NYC if you have Time Warner Cable - they're on AntennaTV.
They have cut the episodes to run them now because they ran much longer originally so fewer commercials. If you watch a rerun now on TV, then watch the DVD, you'll see things that were cut that I think add to the story.
I don't have cable. But have the HD TV. I have the antenna
And there is a channel called MeTV. It has Perry Mason in the morning @ 10:30 am and again @11:30 pm. Who cares ifPerry and Paul were Gay, they were Awesome actors
The court room where the episodes were filmed still exists. It's in San Pedro, a part of LA near the Port of LA. I was in the chamber for a jury selection. It's surprising how small the court room really is, it looked quite big on the TV programs.
I live out in the Country. MeTV has old programs such ad rifleman, big valley, that girl, I love lucy, Brady bunch,etc something the whole family can watch.
It is Not on Cable. This is thru Antenna. I watch Perry Mason Mon-Fri. I will keep watching as long as it is on. Della is also awesome and we'll respected . To all those who watch Perry Mason. Thank You
I love Perry Mason, and watch it on ME TV every morning. Hallmark channel shows 2 episodes at 11 a.m. and noon (Central Time), but the last 2 weeks they have shown the 2 hour made for tv movies mentioned above. I liked the first few when William Katt played Paul Drake Jr, cute casting since he is Della's son in real life.
If you've been keeping up with the last few episodes on MeTV at 11:30pm, you'll notice that Barbara Hale does not appear. Wonder if she was off making a movie or maybe giving birth to her son. They gave her lines to Gertie. Ray Collins hasn't appeared at all in the past 7 or so episodes. He looked rather ill last time.
There's already at least one lengthy thread about Perry Mason.
R10, Rosalind Russell was a "career gal" in movies long before Della Street.
She may have appreciated being treated like an equal, but I'll bet Della would be far happier if that included a good paycheck, which it probably did not.
Della was the epitome of bi.
For two minutes at least, r8!
[quote]According to imdb, married TWICE and one child...
Burr was only briefly married once in 1948, but Starr noted that Burr and his publicists concocted a biography that included two other wives and a dead son who never existed.
Like all celebrities with AIDS he got it form drugs or heterosexual sex.
Max Robinson, Arthur Ashe, Magic Johnson, Rhoda.
Holy fuck. William Hopper was a babe.
Wasn't he the Bad Seed's daddy?
Interesting how he retired after the War to become a used car salesman (!) before making a comeback with a slew of well-rememberd films, even if he wasn't the lead.