The Truth, The Whold Truth, and Nothing But The Truth #JusJoJan

Dan, over at No Facilities (hi, Dan!), has the honor of today’s prompt, “testify.”

“Testify” makes me think of all the courtroom dramas we’ve watched over the years. Our favorite is probably Perry Mason, which starred Raymond Burr as Mason, Barbara Hale (whose son is William Katt, “The Greatest American Hero”) as Della Street, his confidential secretary, William Hopper (Hedda’s son) as private investigator Paul Drake, William Talman as District Attorney Hamilton Burger, and Ray Collins as Detective Arthur Tragg. Perry and Hamilton are a perpetual mutual thorn in the side, Tragg is always catching Perry just as Perry is about to conceal a critical piece of evidence, Paul is always mixed up in the stories somehow, and Della is clearly in love with Perry, but hides it because it wouldn’t be professional. The trials always seem to end with someone breaking down in the middle of testimony and confessing to actually doing the murder, letting Perry’s client go free and giving Burger a slam-dunk case against the person that confessed, which he never quite seems to appreciate.

But you knew all this, because you read my JJJ post a couple of years ago, right?

And now a word about Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. Sit down to a familiar face!

18 thoughts on “The Truth, The Whold Truth, and Nothing But The Truth #JusJoJan

  1. LOL – that’s awesome that last year for the JusJoJan you wrote a post fitting for today’s prompt too! Ham Burger reminds me of the Popeye cartoons, too! Happy Monday, John, hope you and Mary have a great week!

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    1. “I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Wimpy! There uswed to be a chain of hamburger places called Wimpy’s. I don’t remember if it was unique to Chicago or if they were all over the country. I think “wimpy” is British slang for hamburger, because of the cartoon. Or maybe Wimpy was named for the British slang, I don’t remember.

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    1. Raymond Burr was a good actor and had a long list of credits in movies and TV, but Perry Mason was the role that defined his career. If you get MeTV, he’s on in the mornings and late at night during the week. That was just an excellent drama and a lot of stars who were just starting out boosted their career by being on it (as well as older actors that couldn’t find work). It’s fun to watch and say, “there’s so-and-so!”

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  2. My mother loved Perry Mason. We used to try to convince her that it was a rerun by giving her a fake but likely plot. Interesting that I gave you a prompt you could pull out of the archive. I wasn’t thinking clearly that day.

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    1. Paul got to do all the legwork, although he and Perry got themselve in trouble a lot together. Great character, always flirting with Della (“Hello, beautiful.”) William Hopper was in a lot of stuff over the years.

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  3. Hi John – I used to love Perry Mason and if I see him on … I’ll watch for a while. We went as a treat by train to Waterloo Station to eat at the Wimpy bar … as far as I know they were new to the UK at that stage … and to see the cartoon films at the cinema in Waterloo station … good times! Both I’m sure don’t exist in the station any more – cheers HIlary

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    1. They were well-written and entertaining, even if they were a bit unrealistic (the courtroom scenes, particularly when Perry and Hamilton would start arguing and when the actual perpetrator of the crime would jump up and say “I did it!” were a little off the wall). The 2-hour MFTV movies were good, too, even though Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale had aged. Casting William Katt, Barbara Hale’s real-life son, as Paul Drake Jr. was a great move. Monte Markham tried to recapture the magic in the ’70’s as Mason and it just wasn’t the same, I think because Raymond Burr was so good at the role. It was like the first guy to play the king in “The King And I” after Yul Brynner…

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