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Patricia Green (written by)
Erle Stanley Gardner (characters creator)
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Release Date:
4 October 1987 (USA) See more »
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Della meets up with an old friend, a child that she used to baby-sit and she and Perry are invited to meet the friend's new wife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William Katt ... Paul Drake Jr.

Daphne Ashbrook ... Miranda Bonner
Vincent Baggetta ... Tony Domenico
Jason Bernard ... Sergeant Koslow

Anthony Geary ... Steve Reynolds

Bill Macy ... Richard Wilson

James Noble ... Leonard Weeks

John Rhys-Davies ... Edward Tremaine

Ann Jillian ... Suzanne

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

Kim Johnston Ulrich ... Candy (as Kim Ulrich)

Jamie Horton ... Frank Sims

Richard Portnow ... Harry Long

Mike Moroff ... Bouncer
Wendelin Harston ... Helen Robinson (as Wendeline Harston)

John Nance ... Judge Prescott
Michael K. Osborn ... Sy Hammond (as Michael Osborn)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Cecile Callier ... Lady of the Evening (uncredited)
Regina Krueger ... Secretary (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Satlof 
 
Writing credits
Patricia Green (written by)

Erle Stanley Gardner (characters creator)

Produced by
Dean Hargrove .... executive producer
Peter Katz .... producer
Philip Saltzman .... executive supervising producer
Fred Silverman .... executive producer
David Solomon .... associate producer
Joel Steiger .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis 
 
Cinematography by
Arch Bryant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carter DeHaven  (as Carter Dehaven IV)
David Solomon 
 
Casting by
Carol L. Dudley  (as Carol Dudley)
 
Art Direction by
Paul Staheli 
 
Set Decoration by
Charlie Helms 
 
Makeup Department
Patti Dallas .... makeup artist
Judee Guilmette .... hair stylist
Brenda Moen .... hair stylist
Dee Sandella .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Hal Harrison .... post-production supervisor
Mike Moder .... executive in charge of production
Billy Ray Smith .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gail Joyce Fortmuller .... second assistant director (as Gail Fortmuller)
James Nasella .... first assistant director (as Jim Nasella)
 
Art Department
Randy Holland .... construction coordinator
Susan MacDonald-Petersen .... property master (as Susan Macdonald-Petersen)
 
Sound Department
James Emerson .... production sound mixer
David J. Kimball .... re-recording sound mixer
Ray O'Reilly .... re-recording sound mixer
Russ Tinsley .... supervising sound editor
Gregory H. Watkins .... re-recording sound mixer
 
Stunts
Bob Bralver .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bradford Lipson .... gaffer (as Brad Lipson)
Daniel McKinny .... camera operator (as Dan McKinny)
Douglas O'Kane .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Fred Vicarel .... key grip
Charles M. Smallwood .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ronn Rynhart .... costumes
Judith Scheurwater .... wardrobe: women
 
Music Department
Stan Jones .... music editor
Fred Steiner .... composer: original Perry Mason theme
 
Transportation Department
Robert Benjamin .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Karen Beard .... location manager
Robert Benevides .... production consultant
Maria Ciambriello .... production coordinator
Donna Colabella .... production executive
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main title
Jeff Glasser .... script supervisor
Dennis Smith .... legal advisor
Franklin Thompson .... executive consultant
Norman Webster .... production auditor
Melissa J.L. Smith .... post facilities manager (uncredited)
 

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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Unexciting, 13 October 2002
Author: sundar-2 from Ontario, Canada

Yet another of the numerous TV movies starring television's original Perry Mason Raymond Burr and his secretary Della Street played by Barbara Hale. Both of them look their age in this telefilm which tries to explain away Raymond Burr's weight-encumbered locomotion as due to his character's knee surgery. Nobody would be fooled, however.

"Murdered Madam" has a good plot. Unfortunately, the script-writers make no good use of it. One expects some startling revelation would actually come out of the recording equipment which Suzanne Domenico, played adequately by Ann Gillian, installs in her house. But nothing does. Suzanne's colorful past is never explored even briefly in this film. It is just touched upon, making her character one-dimensional. The bankers' reason for their rendezvous at Suzanne's house, when revealed by Perry's cross-examination at the end of the movie, may have sounded high-tech when this movie was made, but is now well-known to people who are interested in such things.

Once again, Paul Drake is shown to be an inept detective who lets his quarry slip away from him more than once. In contrast, the Paul Drake of Erle Stanley Gardner's books was even more adroit than Perry Mason himself.

"Murdered Madam" will appeal to an older audience who grew up watching Perry Mason. I do not want to sound politically correct but such folks may not mind the stereotyped portrayals of the black maid, gay hairdressers with long pink hair and the general bowdlerizing of the madam character. However, those who grew up reading Gardner's books as opposed to watching his creation on TV will not be impressed by this telefilm or its over-the-hill stars.

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