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Release Date:
1 December 1985 (USA) See more »
When his former secretary (Barbara Hale) is accused of a murder, Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) gives up a judgeship to defend her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William Katt ... Paul Drake Jr.

Holland Taylor ... Paula Gordon

Richard Anderson ... Ken Braddock

Kerrie Keane ... Kathryn Gordon

Al Freeman Jr. ... Lt. Cooper
David McIlwraith ... David Gordon

Roberta Weiss ... Laura Gordon
Cassie Yates ... Barbara Scott

Patrick O'Neal ... Arthur Gordon

James Kidnie ... Bobby Lynch

Paul Hubbard ... Sgt. Stratton

Lindsay Merrithew ... Chris
Kathleen Laskey ... Luanne
Charles Macaulay ... Judge Whitewood
Mag Ruffman ... Salesgirl
Carolyn Hetherington ... Mrs. Jeffries
Cec Linder ... Jack Welles

J.C. MacKenzie ... Gas Station Attendant (as John C. MacKenzie)
David Bolt ... Mr. Henderson

Doug Lennox ... Vinnie
Frank Adamson ... Mr. Williams
Lee Miller ... Security Guard
Nerene Virgin ... Minicam Reporter
Ken Pogue ... Frank Lynch
Doris Petrie ... Mrs. Lynch
Lillian Lewis ... Customer
Derek Keurvorst ... Court Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dean Batute ... Businessman (uncredited)
Don MacKay ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Satlof 
Writing credits
Dean Hargrove (written by)

Erle Stanley Gardner (characters creator)

Produced by
Dean Hargrove .... executive producer
Jeff Peters .... associate producer
Fred Silverman .... executive producer
Barry Steinberg .... producer
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis 
Cinematography by
Albert J. Dunk (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edwin F. England 
Robert L. Kimble  (as Robert Kimble)
Casting by
Eileen Mack Knight  (as Eileen Knight)
Art Direction by
David Jaquest 
Set Decoration by
Jaro Dick 
Costume Design by
Ronn Rynhart 
Makeup Department
David R. Beecroft .... hair stylist (as David Beecroft)
Irene Kent .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Birnie .... executive in charge of production
Barbara Kelly .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ross Clyde .... third assistant director
Richard Flower .... first assistant director
Woody Sidarous .... second assistant director
Art Department
Paul Harding .... property master
Sound Department
Robert Appere .... re-recording mixer
Gary Bolger .... re-recording mixer
Bruce Carwardine .... production sound mixer
Gordon L. Day .... re-recording mixer
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor (as William Wistrom)
Scott Warren .... boom operator (uncredited)
Shelley Cook .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Branko Racki .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Boyle .... gaffer
Michael Kohne .... key grip
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (uncredited)
Charles M. Smallwood .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Maria Armstrong .... casting: Canada
Ross Clydesdale .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erla Lank .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Dennis Brookins .... negative cutter
Music Department
Ted Roberts .... music editor
Fred Steiner .... composer: original Perry Mason theme
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Brian O'Hara .... transportation coordinator
Dave West .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Debra Beers .... location manager
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Blanche McDermaid .... script supervisor
Jim Chad .... stand-in (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Defense Never Rests" - USA (video title)
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96 min (excluding commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Lee Miller's final film.See more »
Continuity: In one of the chase scenes, the doors on Paul Drake's jeep are there when he takes off but after he rounds the corner they are gone.See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Didn't They Know Who Della Worked For Before?, 8 June 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

After a 20 year absence from the small screen Raymond Burr who is now, older, stouter, and grayer and with a beard returns to television in the first of several two hour made for television films. Burr had a legion of fans as Mason and his return was heralded with high ratings every time one of these films was broadcast.

In the interim like many good lawyers and some mediocre ones, Perry Mason became a judge and was now an appellate court jurist. But when a friend's in trouble, Perry quits it all and returns to active combat in the courtroom.

Back in the original series William Hopper as Paul Drake was a defendant in one episode. Here it's the only other living cast member at the time from the old series, Barbara Hale as Della Street.

Della's gone on with her life as well. She became a secretary and later executive assistant to the wealthy Patrick O'Neal. With the kids and second wife O'Neal's got, no wonder he began relying heavily on Della Street to run his business.

When O'Neal is stabbed to death by a killer in drag to make it look like Della broke in, she's arrested and of course she turns to Perry as her attorney. Biggest mistake the perpetrator made, didn't the individual realize just who Della worked for before. Definitely should have found another patsy.

But as the case developed it turns out that not only did O'Neal have to be killed, but that Della had to be framed in order to solve get out of the potential jackpot the killer was in.

This became a family reunion in another way as Barbara Hale's son William Katt came on as Paul Drake, Jr. The script had it written that Paul Drake was now retired and the Drake Detective Agency was in the hands of his son. But it's clear that Katt only considers it a part time gig. In fact when we first meet him he's doing another gig, playing a saxophone at a jazz club.

Perry takes him on, but doesn't quite take him seriously enough. Katt has to earn his respect and that's a running theme throughout the film.

Perry Mason Returns is a good start to eight years of Perry Mason films, all anticipated by the legion of fans Raymond Burr developed for Erle Stanley Gardner's famous defense attorney.

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