John Barrymore , Basil Rathbone and Raymond Burr . What do they have in common ? I think perhaps they each possessed an intensity and professionalism that conveyed itself through their eyes ... Perhaps this is why they each enjoyed a certain success as villians on the screen first and the leading man parts were fewer and further between ? Now some will argue that Barrymore was first and foremost a Matinee Idol and arguably the handsomest man of his era . But ... it is on record that he loved playing roles such as Richard the Third , Svengali , Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ! And Mr. Burr played many a heavy in films before finally striking gold with his splendid interpretation of Perry Mason during the golden age of Television . As for Sir Basil , his portrayals of villians creates a list to long to recite here .
So , from all of these fellows I think you might hear them saying ... " look into my eyes ! " therein lies the truth !