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In 1963, Bette Davis was one of four guest stars who stepped into the lead of Perry Mason as Raymond Burr recovered from surgery. As lawyer Constant Doyle, Davis (seen above with William Hopper as private eye Paul Drake) took on the case of a young man accused of murder. Davis was a fan of the program, and it was a coup for the show to land her as a guest star, fresh from her acclaimed performance in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.

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Della and Paul in color.

It always amuses me how Della goes meta and partially breaks the fourth wall by saying she feels like they’ve reached the dramatic moment and Perry is about to explain what all the secrecy is about. Sounds like the writer was being very deliberately tongue-in-cheek about part of the show’s formula.

Happy 92nd birthday to Barbara Hale tomorrow!

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OKAY, SO YOU HAVE THE gentle swing

bu- but

CHECK OUT THIS GODLY LEVEL OF INTENSE DANCING. THEY ARE UNTOUCHABLE.

I could totally imagine Bendy and Alice dancing this intensely sometimes and eventually everyone on the floor just stops and stares in complete awe lol.

Swing:

MOR SWING: 

(gifs by me lol) 

ABOUT THE DANCING IN THE MOVIE

This movie, based on a hit Broadway play, showcases Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers dancing the most famous and most spectacular Lindy Hop scene ever preserved on film. The dancing was choreographed by Frankie Mannin.

ABOUT THE DANCERS Featuring The Harlem Congaroo Dancers (a.k.a. Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers): William Downes/Overalls & Frances “Mickey” Jones (0:39). Billy Ricker/Chef’s Hat & Norma Miller (1:09). Al Minns/White Coat-Black Pants & Willa Mae Ricker (1:29). Frankie Manning/Overalls & Ann Johnson (1:55).