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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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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
Special Effects by
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
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)
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)
Michael Brownstone .... location manager
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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120 min
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A Gag Gone Way Bad, 22 June 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star finds our defense attorney in New York defending a man who killed a friend in front of 40 million people. The victim Alan Thicke is a famous host of a late night talk show apparently modeled on Johnny Carson. Of course Thicke has credentials for that in his own right.

You'd think that it would be an insurmountable case for Raymond Burr, but Perry Mason fans know a lot better. Mason is asked to defend action film star Joe Penny who walked in on Thicke's live show and shot him while it was being broadcast by the studio which was producing Penny's latest film. The two of them had quarreled the day before, but they were old friends.

In fact this was a gag that went horribly wrong. Penny borrowed a prop gun from the film and the real murderer switched it to a live round. Who else might want Thicke dead?

This was one of the weaker of the Perry Mason series. I can't believe that Penny if in fact it was a gag would just casually walk off the TV set and go to his favorite restaurant and order dinner where the cops do grab him. I think he would have seen immediately this gag went all wrong the second Thicke started bleeding.

But what I'm still trying to figure out is how California District Attorney David Ogden Stiers wound up prosecuting in a New York homicide. Can't be because of his track record against Perry Mason.

Of course Perry got his client off, but it might have been easier to prove Penny didn't know he had a real round in the weapon. Even against a prosecutor borrowed from Los Angeles.

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