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Erle Stanley Gardner (characters creator)
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Release Date:
1 December 1985 (USA) See more »
The Defense Never Rests
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
Location Management
Debra Beers .... location manager
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
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Blanche McDermaid .... script supervisor
Jim Chad .... stand-in (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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96 min (excluding commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Barbara Hale and Raymond Burr were the only members of the original cast of the series who were still alive at the time the movie was filmed.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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He's baaaack!, 20 June 2016
Author: Frank Alexander from Florida, USA

I hesitate to write this, as I am not a huge fan of reviving classics. However, three factors - the chemistry amongst the cast members, the combination of devoted former viewers and their kids who became new viewers, and the age-old American moral story that the good guys always win in the end - ensured that the revival of the Perry Mason franchise in the guise of two-hour TV movies would be a ratings smash.

As with a few other revivals of older franchises - the first Star Trek movie is a prime example - this plodded along at times, but its main purpose was to re-acquaint former viewers with an updated cast and to introduce new viewers to the show and its format. Later Mason TV movies were better than this; but after 19 years off the air, I think die-hard fans would have looked at a filmstrip of old stills from the original series. Just having Mason back in the saddle again, with his old confidential secretary at his side (and on trial for murder, no less) along with the son of his old detective pal was enough to put a grin on my face. The premise was a bit of a stretch, in that a well-respected appellate-court justice will impulsively resign his court to defend his faithful old sidekick but Mason is a stand-up guy.

The plot in a nutshell is that someone has it in for Arthur Gordon, a wealthy businessman. Any number of people want him dead, including everyone in his family and undoubtedly some of his business competitors. Someone goes to extreme lengths to not only do him in, but to frame Della Street for the murder as well. Suffice it to say that by framing her, two birds will be killed with one stone. Mason has his work cut out for him to get to the bottom of the mess.

William Hopper, Bill Talman and Ray Collins all died between 1965 and 1970. It would have been a kick to have seen them, too, but two out of five ain't bad. All things considered, not a bad watch at all.

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