Friday, March 11, 2016

Perry Mason Movie Collection Volume 5

Actor Raymond Burr became famous in his role as defense attorney Perry Mason that shown on CBS during the late 1950s and early to mid-1960s.

Burr perfectly captured the persona of Perry Mason: logical, passionate and brilliant.  He, along with his secretary and a private investigator, managed to solve crimes and expose the real criminals all in 60 minutes.

Burr would later go on and star as crusty, wheelchair-bound detective Ironside in the series of the same name.  But, Perry Mason is the role he is best known for.

Back in the 1980s CBS brought Burr back as Perry Mason in a series of movies.  This allowed the cast and crew to weave much more complicated storylines, visit remote locales and delve more into the characters.

Burr's health was beginning to deteriorate and as the movies progressed he started walking with a cane and was eventually was confined to a wheelchair. 

Sadly not long after the movie series ended Burr passed away.

CBS have released all of the original Perry Mason TV series episodes and made-for-TV movies.

The Volume 5 Movie Collection sees Raymond Burr once again starring as Perry Mason.  It's obvious Burr's health was deteriorating as supporting cast members took a larger role in the movies.

Regardless of the cast shift the Perry Mason magic is still there and the movies make memorable and fine entertainment. 

Six movies make up the set with Burr appearing in the first two.  Even with his absence the magic is still there in thrilling courtroom and crime scene investigations.