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Diary of a Perfect Murder 

Ben Matlock and his daughter Charlene defend a TV journalist accused of killing his ex-wife.

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Lori Lethin ...
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Hazel
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Tyler Hudson (as Kene Holliday)
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Paul Lockwood
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Billy Ray Webber
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Linda Coolidge
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National Infomer Reporter
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Les McCall
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This was Andy Griffith's first appearance as defense attorney, Ben Matlock. He has to defend a television reporter, who was approached by his ex-wife about an important story. After she is murdered, Ben is hired to defend him. Aiding Ben is his daughter, Charlene, another lawyer, and his legman, Tyler Hudson. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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This was written by Dean Hargrove and is basically a remake of "Etude in Black", a 1972 "Columbo" movie that was produced by Hargrove. In "Etude in Black", John Cassavetes' character retrieves a carnation that fell off while he was murdering his lover. See more »

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Followed by Matlock: The Suspect (1991) See more »

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30 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

If you are a fan of the original series, you should see this movie. This was the movie that turned into a TV Show. This is a good setting for the series, plus it's a good mystery too!! The best part in the whole movie is when we first meet Ben Matlock and he makes his point almost as good as you would ever see him win a case throughout the 9 year run of the show.


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