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Subj: Perry Mason
Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 at 04:17:42 am EDT (Viewed 114 times)

There's a new project, miniseries I think, coming to HBO about the character. Possibly in name only, he appears to be a detective and not a lawyer.

Of course this sparks memories of the classic tv series with Raymond Burr. One of the few memories I have of my grandpa was sitting and watching the show with him. I watched it again later in my teens or 20s and was sort of amused by the formulaic nature if it. Surely in the real world not every client he took on would be innocent; he wouldn't win every case; and every case wouldn't end with him pointing out the true killer in the courtroom who would offer up an immediate confession. Still, I enjoyed the proceedings.

I never looked much deeper into it but now that I do, I see the novel series it was based upon remains the #3 grossing novel series of all time behind Harry Potter and Goosebumps. Apparently the first novel didn't have a courtroom scene either, but all the ones that followed did. Maybe that's what the new show is going for.

I also didn't know there were a series of movies made in the 1930s before the Burr series. I also didn't know another fellow played him on tv between the Burr series and the Burr revival of tv movies in the 80s.

I think there were some comics along the way, too.

Anyone else here familiar with any of the non-Burr stuff? Any recommendations?

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