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Before "Law & Order," there was Perry Mason (who knew Raymond Burr was gay?)

There are 25 comments on the story from May 1, 2008, titled Before "Law & Order," there was Perry Mason (who knew Raymond Burr was gay?). In it, reports that:

There was a time when Dick Wolf didn't have a 24-7 stranglehold on criminal-justice TV.

Yes, long before "Law & Order" - or even "Hill Street Blue" or "Kojack" - there was Perry Mason

Of course none of us in TV land knew Raymond Burr was gay.

Or at least I don't think I knew - it was the '50s and 'gay' still meant 'happy.' Louis Bayard has a nice article on Perry @ Salon

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#24 Oct 4, 2011
Condi Rice wrote:
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Yes, he was gay. No, he did not die from HIV/AIDS.
I see you were there took blood run tests, is this correct Doctor, you do realize hiv weakens the immune system and people lie to cover up the real truth. I live in the real world and it is very evil and deceiving at times, have a great day Doc.
Harry Mason

Fremont, CA

#25 Feb 25, 2013
Everything from this show is absolutely perfect. The acting, the scripts and of course Raymond Burr for being the great defense lawyer! Perry Mason is really clever and I missed watching it thatís why I searched for a good DVD copy of this show to reminisce each episode of the show. I purchased a copy of it at . Very consistent company because they provided a good quality set. I feel so lucky for having it because Perry Mason would probably the best court TV drama and definitely one of the top greatest series of all time.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#26 Feb 26, 2013
Patricia wrote:
I found out about Raymond Burr being gay in an episode of Biography. He was my hero from the time I was a child. When I found out he was gay, I realized my hero-worship was well-placed. What an incredible accomplishment, to be able to maintain a private, gay life during a time it would have killed his career!
I still enjoy watching both Perry Mason and Ironside!
I saw that. That was a good episode. I had heard long before that tho. Still, it was nice they interviewed his husband at length.

And speaking of tv shows of that time, when I was a kid in the early 60's, "The Adventures Of Superman" (in black & white ! and I think on WPIX Channel 11 in New York then) was a popular kids' show.

Did you know that Jack Larson AND Noel Niell are still alive ?! I saw them interviewed on tv not that long ago.

trivia: What famous actor holds the world record for the longest career as a movie star ? He is STILL alive and STILL making movies. Who is it ?



“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#27 Feb 26, 2013
And I STILL watch "L & O" Its a good show with some great stories sometimes.(although very formulaic).

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#29 May 20, 2013
Mister Burr wrote:
This show is truly an EPIC! Perry Mason is definitely a very ingenious man thatís why I completely adore this show! I would have to say that everything about this show is absolutely PERFECT!!! All the cast of this show most specially Raymond Burr has the gifted acting abilities. I missed watching it thatís why I look for a decent DVD copy of this show to reminisce each episode of the show. I purchased a copy of it at . I would describe this company as a responsible seller because they provide good quality DVDs and itís really worth recommending for the Perry Mason fanatics out there! Itís purely watchable and has the complete episodes. Feel blessed for having it because this is the kind of court drama, you didnít even wanted to miss.
I always thought that the "Perry Mason" show was just plain DUMB !!!

1. He NEVER gets a guilty client.

2. He apparently NEVER charges a cent for his work.

3. The guilty party ALWAYS appears in court and screams "I KILLED HIM ! I KILLED HIM ! I KILLED HIM !"

4. Apparently NOBODY on that show was aware that one has a RIGHT to keep silent.


At least L & O is a bit more realistic (although admittedly formulaic), and they present legal, and\or ethical and\or moral quandaries with their cases.

And the police and A.D.A.'s do NOT always get things right on the show, and they sometimes cross ethical, and legal lines.

And L & O often had gay characters, some portrayed sympathetically, others not.

L & O is just a far superior show in every respect.

That's not the fault of Raymond Burr's. That was the fault of the writers.

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