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4 October 1987 (USA) See more »
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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Pretty standard fare with some nice touches but has dated badly See more (4 total) »


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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:
Cece Berglund ... Lady of the night (uncredited)
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
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
David L. Starkey .... additional electrician
Fred Vicarel .... key grip
Charles M. Smallwood .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ronn Rynhart .... costumes
Judith Scheurwater .... wardrobe: women
Editorial Department
Donald Freeman .... colorist (2015 Remaster)
Location Management
Karen Beard .... location manager
Music Department
Stan Jones .... music editor
Fred Steiner .... composer: original Perry Mason theme
Transportation Department
Robert Benjamin .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
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 Smith .... post facilities manager (uncredited)

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95 min
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Pretty standard fare with some nice touches but has dated badly, 16 February 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Della Street bumps into an old friend, Tony, who tells her of his happy recent marriage to Susanne. Next time they meet he is accused of her murder and the police have found papers in his car about Susanne's past that point to motive. As a favour (and for the money) Perry takes Tony's case and begins to investigate, uncovering shady business partners that Susanne had put in difficult positions. Meanwhile Paul Drake searches for a woman who was at Susanne's house during an important business meeting.

As this is an early one of the Mason TVM's it looks dated more than some of the ones made in the early nineties, however this is only really a visual problem usually and not so bad. In this film however, part of the plot has dated quite badly, with the surveillance equipment that holds the key to the killer's identity looking so basic it's almost funny - compare that to the technology you could buy now for the same sort of household use and it really pales. Despite this the plot still hangs together as well as in all the other films. Mason interviews the suspects one by one to give us red herrings galore until the courtroom scene while Drake chases a girl (who is involved in the murder somehow). It isn't anything new, but this film does have some nice comic touches (a sprinkle going off and an unintentional dig at Drake's hairstyle - which must have looked dated even then!).

The cast are reasonable but no more. Burr is comfortable enough in the role but is strangely immobile here; the script puts it down to an ankle injury but I'm sure that was added to cover his health problems. Hale has some nice moments with Burr but is really just a shadow in the story. Katt is OK but his storyline is just the same old same old and he looks like he's tired of it at times. The support cast has only famous cameo that will stand out - Rkys-Davies, he of LOTR and Indiana Jones fame (here in his first of two Mason appearances). Stiers is usually a good DA but has no good scenes here, and the new black detective looks to have been cast solely due to his resemblance to the usual actor.

Overall this is par for the course and will keep fans such as myself happy. For others it is very basic, not exploring the `past' of the madam very far or in any detail for fear of censors and not having any real characters among all the red herrings. It is as good as the usual Mason films but even I have to accept that that isn't saying a great deal.

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