Payday Loans
Raymond Burr (1917-1993)

 

  1. Conrad Veidt, Casablanca, 1941.

  2. Jim Backus, Rebel Without A Cause, 1955.    “Look, Jim. You can depend on me. Trust me. Whatever comes, we'll, we'll fix it together. I swear it.”  Yeah, sure! James Dean’s milquetoast father was a battle between Backus, Burr, Rod Cameron, John Dehner and Walter Matthau -  difficult to envisage Matthau as  a wimp.  Backus taught his Mr Magoo cartoon voice to Dean, who used it in his line about children: “Drown 'em like puppies, eh?”

  3. Robert Strauss, The Man With The Golden Arm, 1955.    Buying the rights from John Garfield’s estate, producer-director Otto Preminger defied the Production Code and made a film - not only daring to mention the word “drugs” but dealing with addiction. After Burr and Ray Middleton, Strauss was final choice for Zero Schwiefka, boss of Frank Sinatra’s heroin-addled card dealer.
  4. James Arness, Gunsmoke, TV, 1955-1975.     About  26 actors tested as Marshal   Matt Dillon. Like the similarly bulky William Conrad, Burr sounded great, but according to producer-director Charles Marquis Warren, or was way too fat.  “When he stood up, his chair stood up with him.”  (Burr lost considerable weight to play Perry Mason...
  5. William Talman, Perry Mason, TV, 1957-1966.      Burr was up for DA Hamilton Burger  or…
  6. William Hopper, Perry Mason, TV, 1957-1966.    …or Mason’s PI Paul Drake before being given the top spot, Perry, himself .  For some 301 cases in tele-series and tele-films up to his  death.  


 





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