Hallmark Movie Channel: Perry Mason Marathon on Presidents’ Day 2012

I hope you all are off from work and enjoying Presidents’ Day.

I want to pass on what Jennifer told me in an e-mail: A Perry Mason movie marathon will be running all day (today) on the Hallmark Movie Channel.

(Also, I just looked at the line-up on the Hallmark Movie Channel, and they are showing two Matlock mystery movies next Sunday – February 26 –  followed by an all-day marathon of Murder, She Wrote mystery movies.)


  1. linda says

    Danna, I just have never cared for Raymond Burr. My hubby loves this series so I know where he will be all day today-watching Perry Mason!

    We watched the “McBride” mystery series yesterday on the Hallmark channel. I can watch this series if there isn’t anything else on. But what drives me nuts is that music that plays along with the shows. Gives me the willies!!!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Linda, my husband and I are slowly making our way through the McBride mystery movies. I really enjoy John Larroquette’s portrayal of the lawyer, and his relationship with the detective (Marta DuBois, his assistant (Matt Lutz), and his inherited dog – but you’re right about that music!

      • Julia says

        Now you make me want to go watch a McBride movie because I have no idea what you’re all talking about with the music! Too funny.

        • Danna - cozy mystery list says

          Julia, McBride is as Cozy as the Murder, She Wrote television series is. But, that music is really odd!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Deb, my husband and I ended up not watching any of the Perry Mason shows. We watched A Letter to Three Wives instead. (It’s a terrific movie from years, and years ago… I love those old black and white movies. I had already seen it, but my husband has found that he really enjoys these old movies. They are so good, I don’t mind watching them again…)

      • Julia says

        I adore A Letter to Three Wives, except for the creepy part when they slip into a flashback and you can hear the voice repeating the bad girls’s name (I can’t remember what it is offhand) over and over again. Gives me the shivers every time!

  2. Donna says

    We only get the regular Hallmark Channel and they don’t show mysteries now. :-( Dad and I used to watch the old B&W show on A&E about ten years ago and it became one of my favorite mysteries.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Donna, I thought we only got the Hallmark channel, also. (We use the Sage DVR, and my husband had only added the channels he thought we would want. He has recently added the Hallmark Movie channel to our line-up, as well as the PBS Create channel.)

      Donna, that was back when A&E stood for Arts & Entertainment… before it went the route of reality TV.

  3. Jennifer says

    Glad you were able to post this! I was able to watch some last night :)

    Linda, it’s so odd that you said that, I watched some of McBride and thought the exact same thing about the music, it drove me nuts, I like those types of shows (McBride, Kellie Martin Mystery Woman was another favorite of mine too), but it seems they stopped playing those new ones. But I agree about McBride’s music!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thank you, Jennifer, for writing that note to me about the marathon. I wouldn’t have known to post that information, and I am sure several people benefited.

      I really enjoy the Kellie Martin Mystery Woman shows, also. They truly are Cozy!

      That McBride background music is a mystery to me, also.

  4. Margaret says

    Even tho I recognize the Perry Mason (1957-1966) series is a classic, I do prefer the movies that ran from the mid 80s into the 90s. They aired four or five times a year up until Raymond Burr passed away in 1993. I looked forward to them. They do show them from time to time on Hallmark.

    I too love the Mystery Woman movie series. I have two of them on DVD but they don’t seem to the have the whole series out. Of the three (McBride, Jane Doe and Mystery Woman) I do like Mystery Woman the best. You are very right Danna, truly cozy!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Margaret, I wasn’t crazy about the Jane Doe mysteries. As a matter of fact, I didn’t watch too many of them.

      It would be great if one of the networks would do another alternating roulette with different mystery shows … other than relying on the current series – and all of their spin-offs! Something along the lines of the Ellery Queen Mysteries or these three you mentioned in your comment.

    • Julia says

      I prefer the movies as well; nothing against the old show but I grew up with Raymond Burr as Ironside, so seeing him young (and not in a wheelchair) as Perry Mason is just weird to me. Plus, I enjoy the longer format which allows more plot development.

      I also respect the fact that he donated most of his earnings from these movies to scholarships and charities, and kept working even when he was ill because he had his royalties earmarked for scholarship endowments – now that’s a class act.

      • Danna - cozy mystery list says

        Julia, thanks for telling us about Raymond Burr’s philanthropic endeavors.

        At the beginning of his career, I believe he was type-casted as the “bad guy”! Hard to imagine…

  5. says

    I have to admit, I opted for NCIS. I love Raymond Burr, and even more so Barbara Hale (Della Street)! But I am a bigger fan of the old b&w series. Some cable channel here in Massachusetts used to show them at midnight Mon – Fri, when I was working till 11:00 p.m. It was the perfect way to unwind!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Nan, I enjoyed the Raymond Burr Perry Mason shows with Barbara Hale’s son (William Katt) playing Paul Drake’s son.

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