A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
1/31/1963 Bette Davis plays Perry Mason?
January 31, 1963. So if you turned on The Adventures of Perry Mason in the 1950s or 1960s, what actor would you see playing a brilliant defense attorney?
If you said Raymond Burr you would usually be correct. But not on this night. Burr had to go in for minor surgery and so different actors playing different lawyers stood in for him for a month. And the first was none other than Bette Davis, as Constant Doyle. The other stand-ins, by the way, were Michael Rennie, Hugh O’Brian, and Walter Pidgeon.