Thursday, January 3, 2008

Mystery TV Themes: PERRY MASON

Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

PERRY MASON
This fictional defense attorney, created by best-selling pulp writer Erle Stanley Gardner in the 1930s, appeared in some 80 novels and short stories, several films, and a long-running radio drama before hitting the small screen in 1957. Raymond Burr's portrayal lasted from 1957-1966, and he returned to the role for more than 25 made-for-TV movies from 1985-93.

"The Perry Mason Theme" (a.k.a. "Park Avenue Beat") was composed by Fred Steiner. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a degree in composition in 1943. He went on to write for radio and television, including scores for episodes of Rocky & Bullwinkle, Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-0, Hogan's Heroes, Rawhide, The Untouchables, The Andy Griffith Show, and Tiny Toon Adventures. (This past May, he received an honorary doctor of music degree from his alma mater.)

Perry Mason summary, episode guide at TV.com
Perry Mason at Thrilling Detective
Perry Mason DVD news at TVSHowsOnDVD.com

OPENING CREDITS


More themes:
NBC MYSTERY MOVIE
PETER GUNN
ROCKFORD FILES
S.W.A.T.
SIMON & SIMON

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