Did Raymond Burr ever play nice guys in the movies?
Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, here today to perform one of our more enjoyable exercises. As you probably can tell from the catchall headline to today’s blog, we are about to answer some reader email.
Our Dec. 20 piece, One Mean Dude — RAYMOND BURR Before Perry Mason, referred to some of the actor’s many nasty roles in film noir and various dramas long before Perry ever showed up on the tube. Reader Vincent sheds some light on a movie we missed, and highlights a Burr radio show we had not heard of:
This morning, I saw a Burr film role he probably made just before “Perry Mason,” the 1957 noir, “Crime Of Passion.” He plays the head of the Los Angeles police homicide division, who’s seduced by Barbara Stanwyck, wife of a lieutenant (Sterling Hayden) whose career she is trying to advance. (Before settling into domestic housewife bliss, Stanwyck’s character was a successful San Francisco newspaperwoman, and a theme of the movie is that she’s trying to blend in with women’s accepted roles at that time.) Burr’s a good guy in this film, trying to maneuver his way through police department politics…but something happens along the way.
A few years before “Crime Of Passion,” Burr had the lead in a short-lived (41 episodes) but fondly remembered radio western, “Fort Laramie,” created by Norman Macdonnell of “Gunsmoke” fame.
Thanks, Vincent. Seems that whenever Stanwyck shows up, all sort of mayhem sexual and otherwise seems to break loose. Crime of Passion was released by United Artists in January, 1957, and runs about 85 minutes. We’ll watch for it. Also, thanks for the Fort Laramie info. The photo above is Burr as the prosecutor in A Place in the Sun.
KrislovesPerry makes no bones about which side of Raymond Burr she likes:
Nah, I would prefer the hero nice guy side of Raymond. Behind that dark stare there is a sweetheart of a man who had issues in his youth. I read his bio “In Plain Sight”. He was a man of integrity and courage! Love you Mr. Burr!
As we’ve written — in two blogs published on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27 — Dana Andrews is one of our favorite actors whose talents seem perennially and unjustifiably underestimated. He’s pictured here with Linda Darnell.
Regular reader Rockfish adds this: Dana Andrews is due for a re-examination by classic film fans, as his work has a timelessness about it. I have the book (the recently published Carl Rollyson biography, Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews) and look forward to reading about him. So many of his films have an underlying potency, due to DA’s talents. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, readers.