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Release Date:
9 November 1986 (USA) See more »
An actor rigs a fake on-air shooting with the connivance of his friend, the show's host, but the practical joke goes horribly wrong when the gun, which he'd loaded with blanks, turns out to contain a live round. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William Katt ... Paul Drake Jr.

Joe Penny ... Robert McCay

Ron Glass ... Eric Brenner

Alan Thicke ... Steve Carr

Ivan Dixon ... Judge

Wendy Crewson ... Michelle Benti

David Ogden Stiers ... D.A. Michael Reston

Jennifer O'Neill ... Alison Carr
Ross Petty ... Peter Towne
Mary Kane ... Kate Huntley

Lisa Howard ... Sharon Loring

J. Kenneth Campbell ... Ray Anderson

Lee Wilkof
Bryan Genesse ... Dak Foster
John Evans
Cec Linder
Ken James ... Page
Micheal Donaghue
Mag Ruffman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Rosato ... Joe DeVito (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Satlof 
Writing credits
Anne Collins (teleplay) (as Anne C. Collins)

Dean Hargrove (story) &
Joel Steiger (story)

Erle Stanley Gardner (characters creator)

Produced by
Dean Hargrove .... executive producer
Jeff Peters .... associate producer
Fred Silverman .... executive producer
Joel Steiger .... supervising producer
Barry Steinberg .... producer
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis 
Cinematography by
Héctor R. Figueroa (director of photography) (as Hector Figueroa)
Film Editing by
David Solomon 
Casting by
Carol L. Dudley  (as Carol Dudley)
Art Direction by
Charles Dunlop 
Set Decoration by
Carol Lavoie 
Costume Design by
Ronn Rynhart 
Makeup Department
David R. Beecroft .... hair stylist (as David Beecroft)
Irene Kent .... makeup artist
Production Management
Brad Blake .... post-production supervisor
Michael MacDonald .... production manager
Mike Moder .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Nasella .... first assistant director (as Jim Nasella)
Howard Rothschild .... second assistant director
Andrew Shea .... third assistant director
Art Department
Paul Harding .... property master
Sound Department
Stuart Ablaza .... foley editor
John Asman .... sound re-recording mixer (as John B. Asman)
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Lightstone .... production sound mixer
Ken S. Polk .... sound re-recording mixer
John O. Robinson III .... sound editor
Special Effects by
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Bob Bralver .... stunt coordinator
Shelley Cook .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Branko Racki .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Chmura .... camera operator
Wayne Goodchild .... key grip
Elisha Harris .... gaffer
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Rae Thurston .... gaffer
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erla Lank .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Carter DeHaven .... assistant editor (as Carter DeHaven IV)
Donald Freeman .... colorist (2014 Remaster)
Location Management
Michael Brownstone .... location manager
Music Department
Stan Jones .... music editor
Ted Roberts .... music supervisor
Fred Steiner .... composer: original Perry Mason theme
Transportation Department
Norm Henderson .... transportation coordinator
Robert Benjamin .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Dave West .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Shelley A. Boylen .... production coordinator (as Shelley Boylen)
Donna Colabella .... production executive
Susanna David .... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main titles
Lacia Kornylo .... production accountant
Dennis Smith .... legal advisor
Eric Banz .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christopher Comrie .... assistant accountant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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120 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Jennifer O'Neal, who played the lead role of Alison Carr in this episode, was also a lead player in a television series called Cover Up two years earlier. That show ended soon after the show's male lead, Jon-Erik Hexum, accidentally shot and killed himself with a prop gun on set.See more »
Factual errors: Even if someone else had exchanged the blank for a live round, the state would not dismiss homicide charges against the defendant as he was guilty of manslaughter due to pointing a firearm at another and failing to verify a blank round was loaded.See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Usual Mason fare but weaker than usual plot, 14 December 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

As part of a comic prank on a live TV show, Robert McCay takes a gun loaded with blanks and pretends to shoot his friend and host Steve Carr. However the gun is loaded and McCay kills Carr. Mason agrees to defend McCay as he claims someone else loaded the gun. Meanwhile Paul Drake tries to track down the film shot on the set of McCay's movie that may show who loaded the gun with live shells.

When you've seen one Perry Mason film then you've pretty much seen all of them. Seemingly open and shut case is contested by Perry Mason. Drake chases the key piece of evidence (often with a sidekick) providing comedy and action while Mason does the courtroom shocks. It all ends with twist that you couldn't guess unless by luck. If you like them then this will just about hold you as it is about average fore the series. The plot is OK but if you start to look closely at it, it is so full of holes it could be called a sieve. The twist at the end is out of the blue but just feels silly in the setting of a courtroom (I mean – where has the judge gone during the two `private chats').

The cast hold their roles well. Burr is only doing his thrid Mason movie of the period and feels fresh and enthusiastic. Katt is OK and some of his stuff is amusing – his ususal side kick is poor though. The best part of the cast is Stiers who I always felt was one of the more capable actors to play Mason's opposite number on the prosecution team.

Overall this is the rule – if you like a Mason film then you'll like them all. This is true here, all the formula is in full effect and only a weaker than usual plot means it feels like it is slightly below the average for the series.

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