biography

Born in British Columbia on May 21, 1917, character actor Raymond Burr traveled extensively as a youth. However, after the divorce of his parents, Burr and his mother relocated to California. During the Depression, Burr worked endless odd jobs to help support his family, and with the onset of World War II, he enlisted in the Navy. Prior to entering the Navy, Burr had worked in off-Broadway productions, served a short stint as a nightclub singer, and dabbled in films. So after his tour of duty was up, he attempted to break into films, and eventually he secured a contract at RKO. Perhaps due to his imposing stature (Burr was 6'3" and weighed more than 200 pounds) and deep voice, Burr excelled at portraying villains and tough guys in film noir, adventures, and westerns. He also did quite a bit of work in radio during the 1940s and 1950s.

Raymond Burr

Raymond Burr starred in numerous film noir thrillers in the 1940s and 1950s

While Burr often acted in B movies, he found work in several A pictures, including A Place in the Sun (1951; with Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor) and as the murderer Lars Thorwald in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954; with James Stewart and Grace Kelly). By the late 1950s, Raymond Burr had acted in more than 50 films, yet he found stardom only when he was cast as the title character in the CBS TV series Perry Mason. Cast against type as an attorney dedicated to establishing the innocence of his clients, Burr eventually left behind his talent for playing heavies and thugs and portrayed benevolent heroes for the remainder of his career.

the films of raymond burr

Desperate (1947)

Raymond Burr

As the menacing Walt Radak in the RKO film noir release Desperate, one of Burr's first starring roles

Pitfall (1948) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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Images from the underrated United Artists film noir thriller Pitfall. LEFT: With Lizabeth Scott. RIGHT: Burr threatens shady Lizabeth Scott and everyman Dick Powell

Borderline (1950) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From the Universal-International noir thriller Borderline

Bride of the Gorilla (1951) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Raymond Burr and Barbara Payton

With Barbara Payton in the campy horror flick Bride of the Gorilla

A Place in the Sun (1951)

Montgomery Clift and Raymond Burr

With Montgomery Clift in the noir-ish drama A Place in the Sun

His Kind of Woman (1951) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Robert Mitchum and Raymond Burr

With Robert Mitchum in the RKO film noir vehicle His Kind of Woman

Gorilla at Large (1954) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Lee J. Cobb, Anne Bancroft, and Raymond Burr

With Lee J. Cobb and Anne Bancroft in the low-budget 20th Century Fox 3-D spectacle Gorilla at Large

Ride the High Iron (1956)

Sally Forrest and Raymond Burr

With Sally Forrest in the Columbia drama Ride the High Iron

Perry Mason (1957-1966 CBS TV Series) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale

Raymond Burr portrayed Perry Mason on the TV series of the same name, and Barbara Hale portrayed Mason's secretary Della Street. William Hopper rounded out the cast as Paul Drake

Desire in the Dust (1960)

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Images from the 20th Century Fox potboiler Desire in the Dust. LEFT: With Ken Scott. CENTER A and B: With Martha Hyer as Burr's daughter Melinda. RIGHT: Burr as Col. Ben Marquand

Ironside (1967-1975 NBC TV Series) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Don Galloway, Raymond Burr, Barbara Anderson, and Don Mitchell

Early 1970s promotional photo from Burr's series Ironside with Don Galloway, Elizabeth Baur, and Don Mitchell

Tomorrow Never Comes (1978) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Raymond Burr, Donald Pleasence, and Oliver Reed

With Donald Pleasence and Oliver Reed in the Canadian-made crime drama Tomorrow Never Comes

Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit (1987)

Raymond Burr and Robert Stack

Scene from Burr's 1987 TV film Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit with Robert Stack

later years

Raymond Burr's personal life history is cloudy, as the actor kept his private life closely guarded. Contrary to many published reports, Burr was married only once for a brief period and had no children.

Thanks in part to his work ethic and success in television, Burr amassed a fortune, which he shared through generous contributions to various charities. When Burr's Perry Mason character returned to television in the 1980s by way of made-for-television films, he introduced a new generation of fans to the series. He continued working into his 70's largely to donate his salary to humanitarian causes. Sadly, Raymond Burr passed away on September 12, 1993, from cancer at the age of 76. He was survived by his partner, Robert Benevides, who manages the Raymond Burr Vineyards in Burr's memory.

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TELEVISION
Perry Mason: 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD] DVD
Twelve of the series's best episodes--including "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter," "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee," "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank," "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe," and "The Case of the Final Fade-Out"--have been collected in this four-disc set. Also included is "Perry Mason Returns" (1985), the TV movie that finds the legal eagle (Raymond Burr), now a judge, stepping down from the bench to defend former secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) when she's accused of murder. 12 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; interviews; photo gallery; TV spots; screen tests; more.
Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 1 [DVD](1957) DVD
The first 19 episodes from the series's debut season--including "The Case of the Restless Redhead," "The Case of the Angry Mourner," "The Case of the Crimson Kiss," "The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse," and "The Case of the Haunted Husband"--are featured in a five-disc set. 16 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 2 [DVD](1958) DVD
The remaining 20 episodes from the series's debut season--including "The Case of the Lonely Heiress," "The Case of the One-Eyed Witness," "The Case of the Daring Decoy," "The Case of the Lazy Lover," and "The Case of the Rolling Bones"--are featured in a five-disc set. 17 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Perry Mason: Season 1, Vols. 1 & 2 (1957) [DVD] DVD
All 39 episodes from the series's debut season--including "The Case of the Restless Redhead," "The Case of the Angry Mourner," "The Case of the Crimson Kiss," "The Case of the One-Eyed Witness," and "The Case of the Rolling Bones"--are featured in a 10-disc set. 33 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Perry Mason: Season 2, Vol. 1 [DVD](1958) DVD
The first 15 episodes from the series's second season--including "The Case of the Corresponding Corpse," "The Case of the Sardonic Sergeant," "The Case of the Married Moonlighter," "The Case of the Perjured Parrot," and "The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll"--are featured in a four-disc set. 12 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Perry Mason: Season 2, Vol. 2 [DVD](1959) DVD
The remaining 15 episodes from the series's second season--including "The Case of the Fraudulent Foto," "The Case of the Jaded Joker," "The Case of the Lost Last Act," "The Case of the Spanish Cross," and "The Case of the Lame Canary"--are featured in a four-disc set. 13 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Perry Mason: Season 3, Vol. 1 [DVD](1959) DVD
The first 13 episodes from the series's third season--including "The Case of the Spurious Sister," "The Case of the Blushing Pearls," "The Case of the Bartered Bikini," "The Case of the Lucky Legs," and "The Case of the Wayward Wife"--are featured in a three-disc set. 10 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Perry Mason: Season 3, Vol. 2 [DVD](1960) DVD
The remaining 13 episodes from the series's third season--including "The Case of the Prudent Prosecutor" "The Case of the Muthical Monkeys," "The Case of the Bashful Burro," "The Case of the Ominous Outcast," and "The Case of the Flighty Father"--are featured in a four-disc set. 10 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Perry Mason: Season 4, Vol. 1 [DVD](1960) DVD
The first 16 episodes from the fourth season--including "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee," "The Case of the Singular Double," "The Case of the Clumsy Clown," "The Case of the Nine Dolls," and "The Case of the Waylaid Wolf"--are featured in a four-disc set. 13 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. **16 episodes on 4 discs. 13 3/4 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 4, Vol. 2 [DVD](1961) DVD
The final 12 episodes from the fourth season--including "The Case of the Wintry Wife," "The Case of the Blind Man's Bluff," "The Case of the Cowardly Lion," "The Case of the Duplicate Daughter," and "The Case of the Guilty Clients"--are featured in a three-disc set. 10 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. **12 episodes on 3 discs. 10 1/3 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 5, Vol. 1 [DVD](1961) DVD
The first 15 episodes from the fifth season--including "The Case of the Jealous Journalist," "The Case of the Malicious Mariner," "The Case of the Posthumous Painter," "The Case of the Renegade Refugee," and "The Case of the Roving River"--are featured in a four-disc set. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. **15 episodes on 4 discs.**
Perry Mason: Season 5, Vol. 2 [DVD](1962) DVD
The remaining 15 episodes from the fifth season--including "The Case of the Shapely Shadow," "The Case of the Captain's Coins," "The Case of the Absent Artist," "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank," and "The Case of the Lonely Eloper"--are featured in a four-disc set. 13 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **15 episodes on 4 discs. 13 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Five Season Pack [DVD] DVD
**154 episodes on 40 discs. 131 1/2 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 6, Vol. 1 [DVD](1962) DVD
The first 14 episodes from the sixth season-including "The Case of the Bogus Books," "The Case of the Hateful Hero," "The Case of the Stand-In Sister," "The Case of the Polka Dot Pony," and "The Case of the Bluffing Blast"-are featured in a four-disc set. 11 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **14 episodes on 4 discs. 11 3/4 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 6, Vol. 2 [DVD](1963) DVD
The remaining 14 episodes from the sixth season-including "The Case of the Prankish Professor," "The Case of the Surplus Suitor," "The Case of the Velvet Claws," "The Case of the Skeleton's Closet," and "The Case of the Witless Witness"-are featured in a four-disc set. 11 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **14 episodes on 4 discs. 11 3/4 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 7, Vol. 1 [DVD](1963) DVD
The first 15 episodes from the seventh season--including "The Case of the Nebulous Nephew," "The Case of the Reluctant Model," "The Case of the Bigamous Spouse," "The Case of the Accosted Accountant," and "The Case of the Capering Camera"--are featured in a four-disc set. 12 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **15 episodes on 4 discs. 12 2/3 hrs.**
Perry Mason: The Eighth Season, Vol. 1 [DVD](1964) DVD
The first 15 episodes from the eighth season--including "The Case of the Missing Button," "The Case of the Sleepy Slayer," "The Case of the Nautical Knot," "The Case of the Tragic Trophy," and "The Case of the Frustrated Folksinger"--are featured in a four-disc set. 12 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **15 episodes on 4 discs. 12 3/4 hrs.**
Perry Mason: The Eighth Season, Vol. 2 [DVD](1965) DVD
The remaining 15 episodes from the eighth season--including "The Case of the Thermal Thief," "The Case of the Feather Cloak," "The Case of the Fatal Fetish," "The Case of the Deadly Debt," and "The Case of the Mischievous Doll"--are featured in a four-disc set. 12 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **15 episodes on 4 discs. 12 3/4 hrs.**
Ironside: Season 1 [DVD](1967) DVD
Along with the pilot film "Ironside" (1967), all 28 episodes from the series's debut season--including "Message from Beyond," "The Monster of Comus Towers," "All in a Day's Work," "Something for Nothing," and "Return of the Hero"--have been collected in an eight-disc set. 23 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Ironside: Season 2 [DVD](1968) DVD
All 26 episodes from the series's second season--including "Shell Game," "Desperate Encounter," "Slide Pocket," "A World of Jackals," and "Not with a Whimper, But a Bang"--have been collected in a seven-disc set. 21 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.

FILMS
Pitfall [DVD](1948) DVD
Superior film noir stars Dick Powell as a bored husband and insurance adjustor who becomes involved with beautiful model Lizabeth Scott, the ex-girlfriend of a jailed mobster. But when jealous private detective Raymond Burr tries to break up the pair, the stage is set for a deadly confrontation. Jane Wyatt, Byron Barr co-star; directed by Andre DeToth ("House of Wax"). 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Ruthless [Blu-ray](1948)
First-rate melodrama stars Zachary Scott as a crafty financier who dupes a series of associates on his rise to the top. Among those who face his wrath are close pal Louis Hayward, utilities executive Sydney Greenstreet, and a series of women, including Martha Vickers, Dianna Lynn, and Lucille Bremer. Raymond Burr also stars; directed by Edgar G. Ulmer ("Detour"). 104 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Ruthless [DVD](1948) DVD
First-rate melodrama stars Zachary Scott as a crafty financier who dupes a series of associates on his rise to the top. Among those who face his wrath are close pal Louis Hayward, utilities executive Sydney Greenstreet and a series of women, including Martha Vickers, Dianna Lynn and Lucille Bremer. Raymond Burr also stars; directed by Edgar G. Ulmer ("Detour"). 104 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Adventures Of Don Juan [DVD](1948) DVD
Errol Flynn swashes, buckles and seduces his way across Europe as the legendary lover in this epic costume adventure tale. From swordfights to romantic trysts, Don Juan was without peer...and this colorful film is without equal. Co-stars Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas, Ann Rutherford, and Alan Hale. 110 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; theatrical trailers; newsreel footage; bonus shorts "So You Want to Be on the Radio" (1948), "Calgary Stampede" (1948), "Hare Splitter" (1948).
Errol Flynn: The Signature Collection, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
Five-disc boxed set includes "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936), "The Dawn Patrol," "Dive Bomber," "Gentleman Jim," and "Adventures of Don Juan."
Black Magic [DVD](1949) DVD
Costume drama stars Orson Welles as the infamous 18th-century hypnotist and charlatan Cagliostro, following his misadventures as he honed his gifts at mesmerism to pursue revenge against the nobleman who killed his parents, and to exert his influence over the court of Louis XVI of France. Akim Tamiroff, Valentina Cortese, Frank Latimore co-star. 105 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English.
Criss Cross [DVD](1949) DVD
Memorable "noir" thriller stars Burt Lancaster as an armored car driver whose affair with ex-wife Yvonne De Carlo forces him to help her husband, gangster Dan Duryea, in a heist. Slickly staged by director Robert Siodmak, the film also features Tony Curtis in his film debut, playing a gigolo. 98 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer.
Borderline [DVD](1950) DVD
Fred MacMurray and Claire Trevor are drug agents fighting smugglers at the Mexican border, yet each unsure they can trust the other, in this drama. Co-stars Raymond Burr, Roy Roberts. 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital; biographies; filmographies; photo gallery.
Hollywood's Biggest Stars Gift Set (10-DVD Set) [DVD] DVD
Packaged in a hardbound, cloth-covered case, this 10-disc set includes "Marie Galante," "The Amazing Adventure," "Great Guy," "Made for Each Other," "They Made Me a Criminal," "Scarlet Street," "The Stranger," "Borderline" (1950), "The Big Trees," and "Beat the Devil."
New Mexico [DVD](1951) DVD
Thrilling sagebrush epic stars Lew Ayres as a cavalry captain who engineered a peace treaty between President Abraham Lincoln and a local Indian chief. But after Lincoln is assassinated, relations with area tribes deteriorate. With the help of a small group of men, Ayres sets out to make things right before a war on the range erupts. Marilyn Maxwell, Robert Hutton, Andy Devine, Raymond Burr, and Hans Conried as Lincoln co-star. 76 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
The Magic Carpet [DVD](1951) DVD
Lucille Ball as a baddie? You bet, in this enchanting and exotic adventure film in which Lucy plays the daughter of the villainous Ali (Gregory Gaye), who attempts to seize the throne by dispatching the rightful young heir away on the titular conveyance. The child grows up to be John Agar, returning to the kingdom to secure his rightful place on the throne. With Patricia Medina, Raymond Burr. 83 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Lucille Ball Classic Collection [DVD] DVD
Four-disc set includes "Her Husband's Affairs," "Miss Grant Takes Richmond," "The Fuller Brush Girl," and "The Magic Carpet."
Bride Of The Gorilla [DVD](1951) DVD
Jungle action and voodoo terror in the African tropics, as doctor Raymond Burr marries beautiful Barbara Payton, only to find himself the victim of a man-beast's curse. Co-stars Lon Chaney, Jr. 65 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono. Plays All Regions.
F.B.I. Girl (1951)/Tough Assignment [DVD](1949) DVD
Cesar Romero doesn't joke around as a federal agent assigned to get the goods on a crime ring, and Audrey Totter is the "F.B.I. Girl" working in the identification division who lends her expertise to try and nab the group's leader (Raymond Burr). George Brent co-stars. Then, a daring reporter takes on a "Tough Assignment," going undercover to bring down a modern-day cattle rustling operation. With Don "Red" Barry, Marjorie Steele, Steve Brodie. 143 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Forgotten Noir: Collector's Set Series Two [DVD] DVD
Three-disc set includes "Tough Assignment," "Fingerprints Don't Lie," "F.B.I. Girl," "Mask of the Dragon," "I'll Get You," and "The Man from Cairo."
Film Noir Classic Collection, Vol. 3 [DVD] DVD
A Mexican and an American agent team up to take on a California rancher who's been exploiting illegal Mexican farmworkers, in "Border Incident" (1949). Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy star. A professional gambler (Robert Mitchum) and a beautiful singer (Jane Russell) get caught up in a deported crime lord's plan to get back into the U.S., in "His Kind of Woman" (1951). With Vincent Price, Raymond Burr. "YOU look into the gun of a fear-maddened killer" in "Lady in the Lake" (1947), director/star Robert Montgomery's "subjective camera" adaptation of the Raymond Chandler mystery about Detective Philip Marlowe's return to sleuthing. "On Dangerous Ground" (1952) focuses on a hardened New York cop (Robert Ryan) who softens up when he meets a compassionate blind girl (Ida Lupino)...the sister of a murder suspect. "The Racket" (1951) depicts the struggle between the police and the gang of racketeers they hope to put out of business. Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Lizabeth Scott star. Also included in this six-disc set is the documentary "Film Noir: Bringing Darkness Into Light." 8 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; bonus shorts "Women in Hiding" (1940), "You, The People" (1940); more.
Western Horizons: Universal Westerns Of The 1950s [DVD] DVD
Embittered Confederate veteran Robert Ryan builds a Texas land empire through force and graft, but his ambition brings him into conflict with the law and marshal brother Rock Hudson, in "Horizons West" (1952). Julia Adams, Raymond Burr, James Arness co-star; Budd Boetticher directs. Cree-raised Mountie Alan Ladd must tread lightly when the warlike Sioux cross the border in search of a tribal alliance in "Saskatchewan" (1954). Shelley Winters, Hugh O'Brian, Jay Silverheels co-star; Raoul Walsh directs. Tubercular gunman Rory Calhoun makes a new life in New Mexico, but conflict manages to find him still, in "Dawn at Socorro" (1954). Piper Laurie, Lee Van Cleef, Alex Nicol co-star. Cowpoke Richard Widmark rides after the survivor who left his father to die in an Apache ambush in "Backlash" (1956). Donna Reed, John McIntire, Barton MacLane co-star; John Sturges directs. Sergeant Jeff Chandler's orders to keep peace on an Oregon reservation are challenged by encroaching army engineers in "Pillars Of The Sky" (1956). Dorothy Malone, Ward Bond, Lee Marvin co-star. 7 hrs. total on five discs. Standard/Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; photo gallery.
Mara Maru [DVD](1952) DVD
Following the death of his partner, salvage diver Errol Flynn becomes the only one who knows the location of a fortune in sunken treasure. When his boat mysteriously goes up in flames, Flynn has little choice but to ally himself with shady collector Raymond Burr, who offers the use of his ship for a cut of the loot. But who's double-crossing whom? With Ruth Roman, Paul Picerni, Richard Webb. 98 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Bandits Of Corsica [DVD](1953) DVD
Thrilling swashbuckler stars Richard Greene (in a dual role) in this loose adaptation of Dumas' "The Corsican Brothers"--Siamese twins separated at birth who each feel the other's joy and pain. When a sadistic aristocrat rises to power in 18th-century Corsica, the siblings must reunite to stop him--encountering action and excitement aplenty along the way. With Lee Van Cleef, Paula Raymond, Raymond Burr. AKA: "The Return of the Corsican Brothers." 82 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Blue Gardenia [DVD](1953) DVD
A blind date leads to murder in this classic noir suspenser from director Fritz Lang. Anne Baxter wakes from a hangover to discover that playboy Raymond Burr, with whom she went out the night before, was found slain in his apartment and she is the mysterious "Blue Gardenia" sought by police. Baxter desperately turns to newspaper columnist Richard Conte for help in learning if she is in fact the killer. With Ann Sothern and Nat King Cole, who sings the title song. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Forgotten Noir: Collector's Set Series One [DVD] DVD
Three-disc set includes "Portland Expose," "They Were So Young," "Loan Shark," "Arson, Inc.," "Shadow Man" (1953), and "Shoot to Kill" (1947).
Tarzan And The She-Devil [DVD](1953) DVD
For his fifth and final turn as Hollywood's most famous vine-swinger, Lex Barker's Tarzan faces the seductive menace of Lyra, the She-Devil (Monique van Vooren), head of an ivory poaching ring who plans to kidnap Jane (Joyce MacKenzie) and force the jungle lord to aid the nefarious operation. Raymond Burr and Tom Conway also star. 75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Fort Algiers [DVD](1953) DVD
In this intrigue-packed drama, Yvonne De Carlo stars as a spy for the French Foreign Legion posing as an Algerian nightclub singer with hopes of exposing an Arab leader on a quest for oil and power. When her cover is blown, she must rely on her soldier boyfriend to save her life. With Carlos Thompson, Raymond Burr, Leif Erickson. 76 min. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Godzilla (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray](1954)
Atomic testing in the Pacific awakens a gigantic reptilian creature dubbed Godzilla off the coast of Japan and sends the monstrous menace on a rampage across Tokyo and its environs. Director Ishiro Honda's "kaiju" classic spawned innumerable sequels; Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kochi, and Haru Nakajima star. Includes the original Japanese release "Gojira" and the 1956 re-dubbed American version "Godzilla, King of the Monsters," with Raymond Burr. 96 min. Standard; Soundtracks: Japanese PCM mono, English; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; featurette; interviews; theatrical trailers. In Japanese with English subtitles/Dubbed in English. Two-disc set.
Godzilla (Criterion Collection) [DVD](1954) DVD
Atomic testing in the Pacific awakens a gigantic reptilian creature dubbed Godzilla off the coast of Japan and sends the monstrous menace on a rampage across Tokyo and its environs. Director Ishiro Honda's "kaiju" classic spawned innumerable sequels; Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kochi, and Haru Nakajima star. Includes the original Japanese release "Gojira" and the 1956 re-dubbed American version "Godzilla, King of the Monsters," with Raymond Burr. 96 min. Standard; Soundtracks: Japanese PCM mono, English; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; featurette; interviews; theatrical trailers. In Japanese with English subtitles/Dubbed in English. Two-disc set.
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]
Fifteen-disc boxed set includes "Saboteur," "Shadow of a Doubt," "Rope," "Rear Window," "The Trouble with Harry," "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956), "Vertigo," "North by Northwest," "Psycho," "The Birds," "Marnie," "Torn Curtain," "Topaz," "Frenzy," and "Family Plot." Includes a 48-page book.
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection [DVD] DVD
Fifteen-disc boxed set includes "Saboteur," "Shadow of a Doubt," "Rope," "Rear Window," "The Trouble with Harry," "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956), "Vertigo," "Psycho," "The Birds," "Marnie," "Torn Curtain," "Topaz," "Frenzy," "Family Plot," and a disc featuring the "AFI Salute to Alfred Hitchcock" program and the documentary "Masters of Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock."
Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection (Limited Edition) [DVD] DVD
Five-disc set includes "Rear Window," "Vertigo," "North by Northwest," "Psycho" (1960), and "The Birds," plus collectible poster replicas.
Rear Window [DVD](1954) DVD
Confined to a wheelchair after breaking his leg on an assignment, photojournalist James Stewart's "hobby" of spying on his neighbors with a telephoto lens leads him and girlfriend Grace Kelly to believe that one of his subjects may be a murderer. One of Hitchcock's personal favorites, this innovative suspense classic also stars Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr. 114 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: Spanish; "making of" featurette; interview; photo gallery; theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM content; scene access.
Passion [DVD](1954) DVD
Rancher Cornel Wilde, accompanied by the twin sister of his murdered wife (both played by Yvonne De Carlo), sets out to tack down the outlaws responsible in this frontier thriller. Lon Chaney, Jr., Raymond Burr and Rodolfo Acosta also star. 84 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Dolby Digital mono; biographies; theatrical trailer; scene access.
Gorilla At Large (1954)/Mystery On Monster Island [DVD](1981) DVD
Look out! There's a "Gorilla at Large." When a man is found dead with a broken neck at a bizarre carnival, police must determine if it was Goliath, the world's largest gorilla, or a scheming barker in a monkey suit. Offbeat mystery stars Cameron Mitchell, Anne Bancroft, Lee J. Cobb, Raymond Burr, Lee Marvin. Then, "Mystery on Monster Island" is an adaptation of Jules Verne's "Mysterious Island," following the members of a shipwrecked boat who wind up stranded on an island where they encounter prehistoric creatures and a band of ruthless treasure hunters. Terence Stamp, Peter Cushing star. AKA: "Jules Verne's Mystery on Monster Island," "Monster Island." 189 min. total on two discs. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitl
Casanova's Big Night [DVD](1954) DVD
Who better to portray history's greatest lover than...Bob Hope? Actually, Bob's a tailor who winds up impersonating Casanova and finds himself running from lonely women and court assassins. Lively farce also stars Joan Fontaine, Basil Rathbone and Lon Chaney, Jr. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English.
Please Murder Me (1956)/A Life At Stake [DVD](1954) DVD
First, the offbeat crime thriller "Please Murder Me" features Raymond Burr as an attorney who falls for client Angela Lansbury, charged with killing her husband. After Lansbury is acquitted, Burr learns that she is really guilty and his conscience drives him to ask her to kill him, too! With Dick Foran, John Dehner. Then, in "A Life at Stake," an architect who has suffered through a series of near-fatal experiences begins to suspect that a couple he is working for are scheming to kill him and collect his insurance money. Can he stop their plan before it's too late? Lansbury, Keith Andes, Douglas Dumbrille star. 151 min. total. AKA: "Key Man." Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
The Brass Legend [DVD](1956) DVD
Hugh O'Brian stars as a sheriff who captures a notorious outlaw (Raymond Burr) thanks to the assistance of his fiancee's (Nancy Gates) 11-year-old brother (Donald MacDonald). O'Brian keeps the young man's involvement a secret for his own safety. But when word gets out, the lawman is accused of trying to claim the reward for himself, and the boy finds himself targeted by a vicious killer. 79 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Tomorrow Never Comes [DVD](1977) DVD
After returning to his hometown and finding his ex-girlfriend is in the employ--and the bed--of a resort owner, a disturbed young man goes on a rampage, shooting a cop and taking the woman hostage in a tense standoff. Compelling drama stars Oliver Reed, Susan George, Stephen McHattie, Donald Pleasence. 106 min. Soundtrack: English.
Centennial [DVD](1978) DVD
The most ambitious mini-series ever produced is an epic account of the making of America, as experienced by the Native Americans, trappers, settlers and residents of the region around Centennial, Colorado, from the late 1700s to the present. Based on James A. Michener's novel, the epic drama features a huge cast that includes Robert Conrad, Richard Chamberlain, Sally Kellerman, Timothy Dalton, and David Garrett. 20 3/4 hrs. on six discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); documentary.
Peter And Paul [DVD](1981) DVD
This religious epic tells of the early days of Christianity and how Peter and Paul struggle to spread the word of the Gospel. Set over three decades, the drama features Robert Foxworth as Simon Peter and Anthony Hopkins as Paul of Tarsus through such events as the stoning of Stephen, Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus, their clashes and their demise in A.D. 64. With Eddie Albert, Jean Peters and Jon Finch. 194 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English, Spanish; Subtitles: English; biographies.
Airplane II: The Sequel [DVD](1982) DVD
More fabulous fun with the flight crew that can't keep a good laugh down. Take off into outer space for a second helping of zany sight gags with stars Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves, William Shatner, and Sonny Bono. 85 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English.
Showdown At Williams Creek [DVD](1991) DVD
Set in the Montana Territory of 1870, this sprawling Western saga centers on the adventures of a young explorer (Tom Burlinson), whose befriending of a cold-blooded con man spells tragedy after he is left to die after an Indian attack...and is later put on trial for the swindler's murder. Co-stars Donnelly Rhodes, Raymond Burr. Soundtrack: English.

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FILM
Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss (1993) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Stuart Damon, Linda Dano, and Genie Francis
Perry Mason: The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host (1993) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Regis Philbin, Cristina Ferrare, G. Gordon Liddy, Montel Williams, and Betsy Jones-Moreland
Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal (1993) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Scott Thompson Baker, Polly Bergen, Morgan Fairchild, Tippi Hedren, Betsy Jones-Moreland, and David Warner
The Return of Ironside (1993) with Don Galloway, Dana Wynter, and Cliff Gorman
Grass Roots (1992) with Claude Akins and Joanna Cassidy
Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (1992) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Ronny Cox, Linda Blair, Paul Dooley, and Diane Baker
Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (1992) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Geraldo Rivera, Tracy Nelson, Priscilla Barnes, and Vonetta McGee
Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing (1992) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Scott Valentine, David Soul, Betsy Jones-Moreland, and Debbi Morgan
Showdown at Williams Creek (1991)
Delirious (1991) with John Candy
Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion (1991) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Valerie Harper, Diana Muldaur, and Scott Baio
Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin (1991) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, John Karlen, Julie Sommars, Peter Scolari, and Betsy Jones-Moreland
Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster (1991) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Mason Adams, Michael Nader, and Betsy Jones-Moreland
Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter (1991) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, John James, Jerry Orbach, Susan Sullivan, Philip Michael Thomas, and Betsy Jones-Moreland
Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter (1990) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Robert Culp, Ken Kercheval, Kevin Tighe, Robert Vaughn, and Don Galloway
Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (1990) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Tim Reid, Vanessa Williams, Angela Bassett, Alice Ghostley, and Betsy Jones-Moreland
Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception (1990) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Ian McShane, Yvette Mimieux, Marcy Walker, and Teresa Wright
Perry Mason: The Case of the Poisoned Pen (1990) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Cindy Williams, Barbara Babcock, Tony Lo Bianco, and David Warner
Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin (1989) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Deidre Hall, Shari Belafonte, and Pernell Roberts
Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder (1989) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Debbie Reynolds, Jerry Orbach, and Lori Petty
Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson (1989) with Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, and Brian Keith
Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake (1988) with Barbara Hale, William Katt, David Hasselhoff, John Beck, John Ireland, and Audra Lindley
Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace (1988) with Barbara Hale, William Katt, Erin Gray, Larry Wilcox, Charles Siebert, Don Galloway, David Ogden Stiers, and Patty Duke
Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel (1987) with Barbara Hale, William Katt, Robert Guillaume, Morgan Brittany, George Grizzard, Wings Hauser, Yaphet Kotto, and David Ogden Stiers
Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam (1987) with Barbara Hale, William Katt, Anthony Geary, Bill Macy, James Noble, Ann Jillian, and David Ogden Stiers
Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit (1987) with Barbara Hale, William Katt, Robert Stack, Kim Delaney, Leigh Taylor-Young, and David Ogden Stiers
Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love (1987) with Barbara Hale, William Katt, Jean Simmons, Robert Mandan, Robert Walden, Gordon Jump, Gene Barry, and David Ogden Stiers
Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star (1986) with Barbara Hale, William Katt, Joe Penny, Ron Glass, Alan Thicke, Ivan Dixon, David Ogden Stiers, and Jennifer O'Neill
Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun (1986) with Barbara Hale, William Katt, Timothy Bottoms, Barbara Parkins, David Ogden Stiers, and Tom Bosley
Perry Mason Returns (1985) with Barbara Hale, William Katt, and Richard Anderson
Godzilla 1985 (1985)
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) with Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Chuck Connors, and Kent McCord
Peter and Paul (1981) Anthony Hopkins, Eddie Albert, and Robert Foxworth
The Return (1980) with Jan-Michael Vincent, Cybill Shepherd, Susan Kiger, and Neville Brand; directed by Greydon Clark
The Night the City Screamed (1980) with Georg Stanford Brown and David Cassidy
Out of the Blue (1980) with Dennis Hopper and Sharon Farrell
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980) with Eva Marie Saint
Disaster on the Coastliner (1979) with Lloyd Bridges, Robert Fuller, and Yvette Mimieux
Love's Savage Fury (1979) with Robert Reed, Perry King, Jennifer O'Neill, and Connie Stevens
The Jordan Chance (1978) with Stella Stevens, Ted Shackelford, and Gerald McRaney
Tomorrow Never Comes (1978) with Oliver Reed, John Ireland, Susan George, and Donald Pleasence
Kingston (1976) with Claire Brennen, Bradford Dillman, and Dina Merrill
Mallory: Circumstantial Evidence (1976) with Peter Mark Richman, Mark Hamill, and Robert Loggia
Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John (1973)
The Priest Killer (1971) with Don Galloway and George Kennedy
Split Second to an Epitaph (1968) with Troy Donahue, Joseph Cotten, and Don Stroud
P.J. (1968) with George Peppard, Coleen Gray, Jason Evers, and Gayle Hunnicutt
Ironside (1967) with Don Galloway, Kim Darby, and Wally Cox
Desire in the Dust (1960) with Martha Hyer, Joan Bennett, and Brett Halsey
Affair in Havana (1957) with John Cassavetes
Crime of Passion (1957) with Sterling Hayden, Barbara Stanwyck, Virginia Grey, Stuart Whitman, and Fay Wray
The Brass Legend (1956) with Hugh O'Brian and Nancy Gates
Ride the High Iron (1956) with Sally Forrest and Don Taylor
A Cry in the Night (1956) with Brian Donlevy, Edmund O'Brien, and Natalie Wood
Secret of Treasure Mountain (1956) with Lance Fuller
Great Day in the Morning (1956) with Virginia Mayo, Ruth Roman, Robert Stack, and Alex Nicol
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
Please Murder Me (1956) with Angela Lansbury
Count Three and Pray (1955) with Allison Hayes, Van Heflin, Joanne Woodward, Myron Healey, and Nancy Kulp
A Man Alone (1955) with Ray Milland, Lee Van Cleef, and Ward Bond
You're Never Too Young (1955) with Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Nancy Kulp, and Mitzi McCall
Gorilla at Large (1954) with Cameron Mitchell, Anne Bancroft, Lee J. Cobb, Warren Stevens, and Lee Marvin
Passion (1954) with Cornel Wilde, Yvonne De Carlo, and Lon Chaney Jr.
They Were So Young (1954) with Scott Brady and Gert Frobe
Thunder Pass (1954) with Dane Clark and John Carradine
Khyber Patrol (1954) with Richard Egan and Dawn Addams
Rear Window (1954) with James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, and Wendell Corey
Casanova's Big Night (1954) with Bob Hope, Joan Fontaine, Lon Chaney Jr., Basil Rathbone, Hugh Marlowe, and John Carradine
Fort Algiers (1953) with Yvonne De Carlo, Leif Erickson, and Carlos Thompson
Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953) with Lex Barker, Tom Conway, and Monique van Vooren
Serpent of the Nile (1953) with Rhonda Fleming and William Lundigan
The Blue Gardenia (1953) with Anne Baxter, George Reeves, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, and Jeff Donnell
The Bandits of Corsica (1953) with Paula Raymond, Richard Greene, Lee Van Cleef, Dona Drake, Nestor Paiva, and Clayton Moore
Horizons West (1952) with Rock Hudson, Julie Adams, Robert Ryan, and James Arness
Mara Maru (1952) with Errol Flynn and Ruth Roman
Meet Danny Wilson (1952) with Frank Sinatra, Shelley Winters, and Alex Nicol
Bride of the Gorilla (1951) with Barbara Payton, Lon Chaney Jr., Tom Conway, and Woody Strode
New Mexico (1951) with Lew Ayres, Marilyn Maxwell, and Robert Hutton
FBI Girl (1951) with George Brent, Cesar Romero, Joi Lansing, and Tommy Noonan
The Magic Carpet (1951) with John Agar, Lucille Ball, and Patricia Medina
The Whip Hand (1951) with Elliott Reid
His Kind of Woman (1951) with Jane Russell, Robert Mitchum, Vincent Price, and Tim Holt
A Place in the Sun (1951) with Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, and Shelley Winters
M (1951) with David Wayne, Martin Gabel, and Steve Brodie
Love Happy (1950) with the Marx Brothers, Melville Cooper, Marilyn Monroe, Ilona Massey, and Vera-Ellen
Borderline (1950) with Fred MacMurray and Claire Trevor
Key to the City (1950) with Clark Gable, Loretta Young, and Marilyn Maxwell
Unmasked (1950) with Robert Rockwell, Barbara Fuller, Hillary Brooke, and Barbara Pepper
Black Magic (1949) with Orson Welles
Abandoned (1949) with Dennis O'Keefe, Gale Storm, and Jeff Chandler
Red Light (1949) with Virginia Mayo and George Raft
Bride of Vengeance (1949) with Paulette Goddard, Macdonald Carey, and Albert Dekker
Ruthless (1948) with Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet, and Martha Vickers
Adventures of Don Juan (1948) with Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, and Ann Rutherford
Walk a Crooked Mile (1948) with Louis Hayward, Louise Allbritton, and Dennis O'Keefe
Station West (1948) with Dick Powell, Agnes Moorehead, Jane Greer, and Steve Brodie
Pitfall (1948) with Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, and Jane Wyatt
Raw Deal (1948) with Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, and John Ireland
Sleep, My Love (1948) with Robert Cummings, Claudette Colbert, and Don Ameche
I Love Trouble (1948) with Franchot Tone, Adele Jergens, Janet Blair, and John Ireland
Desperate (1947) with Steve Brodie and Audrey Long
Code of the West (1947) with James Warren, Robert Clarke, and Steve Brodie
San Quentin (1946) with Lawrence Tierney, Carol Forman, and Robert Clarke

TELEVISION SERIES
Centennial, 1978 miniseries. Burr portrayed Herman Bockweiss
Kingston: Confidential, 1977 TV series. Burr portrayed B.B. Kingston
Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue, 1977 miniseries. Burr portrayed Armand Perfido
Ironside, 1967-1975 NBC TV series. Burr portrayed Robert Ironside
Perry Mason, 1957-1966 CBS TV series. Burr portrayed Perry Mason. Also in the regular cast were Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins, and Wesley Lau

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