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23 February 1987 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William Katt ... Paul Drake Jr.

Jean Simmons ... Laura Robertson
Robert Mandan ... Dr. Michaels

Robert Walden ... Robert Lane
Stephen Elliott ... Elliot Moore

Robert F. Lyons ... Pete Dickson

Gordon Jump ... Arthur

Jonathan Banks ... Luke Dickson

Stephanie Dunnam ... Jennifer Parker
Leslie Wing

Gene Barry ... Glenn Robertson

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

Julian Gamble
Virginia Gregory

Victor Morris
Dee Dee Olinyk
Norvell Rose
Pam Ward ... Judge Eleanor Danials
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

G. Larry Butler ... Man who puts out fire on Laura Robertson's dress (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Satlof 
Writing credits
Erle Stanley Gardner (characters)

Dean Hargrove (story) &
Joel Steiger (story)

Anne Collins (teleplay)

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
Arch Bryant 
Film Editing by
David Solomon 
Casting by
Carol L. Dudley  (as Carol Dudley)
Art Direction by
Paul Staheli 
Set Decoration by
Anne Sammons 
Costume Design by
Ronn Rynhart 
Makeup Department
Patti Dallas .... makeup artist
Judee Guilmette .... hair stylist (as Judith Guilmette)
Brenda Moen .... assistant hair stylist
Dee Sandella .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mike Moder .... executive in charge of production
Barry Steinberg .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Nasella .... first assistant director (as Jim Nasella)
Scott Printz .... second assistant director
Jeff Rafner .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Randy Holland .... construction coordinator
Susan MacDonald-Petersen .... property master (as Susan MacDonald-Peterson)
Sound Department
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor (as Paul Clay)
James Emerson .... production sound mixer
Mark L. Mangino .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Dean Raphael Ferrandini .... stunt coordinator (as Dean Ferrandini)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Combs .... key grip
Chuy Elizondo .... camera operator
Ken Seagren .... gaffer
Arte Shelton .... dolly grip
Robert F. Smith .... second assistant camera
Charles M. Smallwood .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bruce Granger .... wardrober: men
Judith Scheurwater .... wardrober: women
Editorial Department
Brad Blake .... director of post-production
Carter DeHaven .... assistant editor (as Carter DeHaven IV)
Music Department
Stan Jones .... music editor
Ted Roberts .... music supervisor
Fred Steiner .... composer: original theme
Transportation Department
Robert Benjamin .... transportation coordinator
Dave West .... transportation captain
Other crew
Donna Colabella .... production executive
Kathryn Cole .... production coordinator
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main titles
Jeff Glasser .... script supervisor
Sarah Liles .... location manager
Dennis Smith .... legal advisor
Norman Webster .... production auditor

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
One of the more accomplished Mason movies, 27 February 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When a long time Senator dies, the race is open for a replacement to finish his term. Favourite for the job is corporate lawyer Laura Robertson (an old flame of Perry Mason's). However a few weeks before the announcements, Laura's husband Glenn is called to a mysterious meeting by Luke Dickson, who is asking for $50k to conceal evidence of Laura's treatment for mental problems. When Luke Dickson is found dead, Glenn is arrested and Laura employs Mason to help defend him. Meanwhile Paul Drake's investigation into Dickson is hampered by the interference of a mysterious man.

Although this film sticks to the usual formula for the Mason movies, it is easily one of the better films mainly because it tries to go for a better plot and characterisation than the other ones. Here there is a certain amount of solid subplot as Mason and Laura clearly are still affectionate while Glenn is openly hostile about Perry's reintroduction into their lives (or rather her life). This is well played out without being more than a subplot and it adds a layer to the usual fare of Mason and Drake's investigation. Those who have a strong dislike of the usual Mason plotting will not be won over by this, but it is better than usual. Drake's side of things is not as clear as it could have been but still serves to lift the pace of the film somewhat (but attempts to give him a bit of relationship back story are strangely misjudged).

Burr is good and clearly rises to the opportunity to a bit more actual acting than he usually gets to do with Mason (most of the time he is simply do a character as opposed to emoting or anything). Barry is good and has a nice steady frostiness when with Burr; similarly the actress playing Laura has a nice chemistry with Burr - one thing I would like to have seen was more of Della (Hale) in order to see how she reacted to this new spark in his life, sadly the film doesn't go that far from the formula. A few familiar faces are in the support cast including a typical sleazy Banks and a quite amusing turn from Walden in the witness box. Stiers is on good form and is still one of the better DA's in the Mason series.

Overall I found this to be one of the best of the Mason films I have seen, even though it still uses the same formula. The relationship history between Mason and Laura creates a better story than usual and it raises the film a notch. Combine this with better than usual acting and an ending that actually is quite good (as opposed to `oh, it's so-and-so' coming out of nowhere) and you have a Mason film that may not be a great movie but certainly is one of the best of the Mason series.

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