Welcome classyteen. Interesting thread and you will see that any posting generates a variety of opinions and comments. They also wander off into strange places.
If in doubt as to where to post, just put it in General Discussions as long as it is about movies, actors, etc. Even TV is appropriate most of the time. The moderators will move it if not appropriate.
I've seen most of the Warren William Perry Mason's and enjoy them. But I still prefer Raymod Burr in the TV series. Or maybe I just prefer the TV series itself. William Hopper is one of the best characters, but don't discount Barbara Hale's Della Street.
Warren William had more humor in his roles and sometimes appears to treat the whole process as a lark rather than solving a crime or representing a client.
As for Pre-Code debate. My view is that "Pre-Code" was dreamed up as a marketing tool to try and sell pre-1934 movies as somehow being filled with sex and violence. When actually they are pretty tame by even 1960's standards and especially by anything after 1970 or so.
I have seen lots of the Pre-Code films and there is no there, there.
When I have seen references to Pre-Code, especially for DVD's or even TCM features, I don't recall ever seeing any westerns or war films. There may have been some more risque ones, but they were not Pre-Code in the sense that phrase is now used.
This thread might better be placed under the Film Noir-Gangster one, although it does not fit there either. TCM does not have a forum for Mystery-Detective-Crime.
If you really want to see a contrast, get one of Erle Stanley Gardner's books. I think the American Bar Assoc. is currently publishing them and they are available in a lot of places. Perry and Paul are nothing like the characters in the movies or the TV series.
If one compares Pre-code films (released prior to July 1934) to the films released up to the end of the studio-era (1968), there is a lot 'there' in many of these films that is NOT 'there' in the Production code enforcement era films.