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Raymond Burr: Biography and Career History on Film, Radio and Television Hardcover – 29 Sep 1994

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc (29 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899508715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899508719
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,667,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"meticulous documentation...complete episode guide"--Scarlet Street --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa L Arnold on 29 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
If you are interested in the late Raymond Burr, but lack the time or desire to do the research, then this book may well suit you. A large amount of information from around the world is gathered into one neat, little package. On the other hand, if you are looking for an intelligent insight, which goes beyond the old studio biographies and publicity material, then you will be disappointed.
The author has produced a good framework on which to build a book - and then fails to write it! Her affection for her subject is obvious, but she takes it no further than a collection of information, some of which was dubious in its original form.
This lack of personal insight far outweighs the better parts of the book. I was disappointed to note that there are a number of people missing from the work. One person in particular, who formed an integral part of Raymond Burr's life for over thirty years, is relegated to three brief mentions. Other people have a slightly better time, and manage the odd paragraph.
Ona Hill is a good writer, who has sold herself short. Instead of producing an excellent personal insight into an intriguing man, she has distanced herself just a little too far from her subject. Objectivity in this type of work is an admirable thing, but get too far away and you miss the fine detail. The book shies away from any intimacy with its subject, preferring a non-controversial rehash of some originally doubtful material, than a thoughtful study of a complex individual.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. J. Higham on 6 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of Raymond Burr since watching countless episodes of Ironside, but have never found much information on this wonderful actor. The book covers his childhood beginnings his doomed relationships, and his rise to fame. It tells of the many tragedies in his life, his love of travel and gives plenty of information on his acting career ending with his death from cancer in 1993.If your a fan it's well worth reading.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Not What I Expected 7 Jun. 2002
By Henry E. Burrell - Published on Amazon.com
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As a big Perry Mason fan, I have been looking for a bio of Raymond Burr for a while. This, unfortunately, is the only one that has, to date, been written. While it does a fairly good job of detailing the many areas in which Burr worked (from the theater to radio to orchid farming...yes, orchid farming), it does little to tell us about the actual man. The ending falls flat. Little is given on how Burr dies, just one brief paragraph that he does as the book closes. Burr's main piece of work, the "Perry Mason" series, is given little play. No insight whatsoever into why the series came about, how it developed, etc. This book, while semi-interesting reading, leaves me wanting more. Will someone please write a bio on Mr. Burr???
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Can't Recommend This for Burr Fans 5 Sept. 2008
By Red Oak Kid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Being a fan of Raymond Burr and being interested in his career, I was very happy when I received this book as a gift. Unfortunately, after reading it, I cannot recommend that anyone spend their money on it.

It is a very poorly written hodge podge of fan magazine pap and poorly constructed chapters.

Here are a few examples that jumped out at me as I read it.

It says that during 1940-44, Raymond was busy acting in plays and trying to get into the movies. It says in 1944 he was under contract with RKO to be in their version of "The Robe". Then in the very next paragraph it says he was discharged from the Navy in 1946 after suffering schrapnel wounds at Okinawa. Huh? It's never explained how, when or where he got into the service or how he ended up on Okinawa.

It says at the 1960 Emmy awards where he won an Emmy for Perry Mason, his date was Barbara Stanwyck and that she cried on his shoulder when she won an Emmy for "The Big Valley. First of all, Burr did not win an Emmy in 1960 and secondly of all, The Big Valley was not on the air in 1960.

In the chapter concerning his trips to entertain the troops in Korea, there is a long story about when he was in Tokyo about to head for Korea, a woman asked him to deliver a message to her son in Korea on his birthday. According to this book, not only did Burr deliver the message but he took the young man and 10 of his buddies to the Coco Club in Saigon to celebrate. The problem is Saigon is in Vietnam.

The sad thing is, this book does have some little seen photos of Burr in his early days in Hollywood. But in the paperback edition they are so poorly reproduced that I still can't recommend the book even for the photographs.

I doubt if we will ever know the true story of Raymond Burr because he himself told so many conflicting and sometimes untrue stories about his early years.

But if you are looking for answers, this book will only confuse you more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One great man 18 Nov. 2010
By Gail - Published on Amazon.com
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Raymond Burr was an example of strength & gentleness. He set standards for us to model & achieve. This book was well put together, & I enjoyed every page.
Thank you
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great book 21 Sept. 2013
By thomas e price - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
the book was easy to read that I could not put it down until I finish it the seller did a great job in describing the book I past this book on to my daughter and I hope she will enjoyed the book as much as I did.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Raymond Burr: A Film, Radio, and Television Biography 28 May 2009
By Kathyrn J Todd - Published on Amazon.com
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I did and do find it very good. Has lots of facts about his career. I am finding myself looking at it often for information. Would recomment for those interested in RB's career.
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