IMDb > Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit (1987) (TV)

Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit (1987) (TV) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
7.0/10   187 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 103% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Anne Collins (teleplay)
Dean Hargrove (story) ...
View company contact information for Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
24 May 1987 (USA) See more »
Jordan White, a publisher friend of Perry, is called to a hotel where a guest, famous horror writer David Hall... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Sticks to formula for the majority to produce a film that will please fans of the Perry Mason films See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Directed by
Richard Lang 
Writing credits
Anne Collins (teleplay)

Dean Hargrove (story) &
Joel Steiger (story) and
Glenn M. Benest (story) (as Glenn Benest) &
Timothy Wurtz (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
Arch Bryant (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Solomon 
Casting by
Carol L. Dudley  (as Carol Dudley)
Art Direction by
Paul Staheli 
Set Decoration by
Anne Sammons 
Makeup Department
Patti Dallas .... makeup artist
Judee Guilmette .... hair stylist
Brenda Moen .... hair stylist
Dee Sandella .... makeup artist
Production Management
William S. Kerr .... post-production supervisor
Mike Moder .... executive in charge of production
Barry Steinberg .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert J. Metoyer .... second assistant director (as Bob Metoyer)
Jim Weatherill .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dean R. Brown .... construction coordinator (as Dean Brown)
Susan MacDonald-Petersen .... property master (as Susan MacDonald-Peterson)
Sound Department
Jerry Clemans .... re-recording sound mixer
Doug Davey .... re-recording sound mixer
James Emerson .... production sound mixer
G. Michael Graham .... supervising sound editor (as Michael Graham)
Chris Haire .... re-recording sound mixer
Guy Tsujimoto .... sound recordist
Mark L. Mangino .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Mark McLaughlin .... boom operator (uncredited)
Roy E. Harrison .... 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 (as Fred Vickeral)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ronn Rynhart .... costumes
Judith Scheurwater .... wardrobe: 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 Perry Mason theme
Transportation Department
Robert Benjamin .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Tina Bennett .... production secretary
Donna Colabella .... production executive
Kathryn Cole .... production coordinator
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main title
Jeff Glasser .... script supervisor
Tom Massmann .... production assistant
Dennis Smith .... legal advisor
Norman Webster .... production auditor

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Italy:95 min | USA:120 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

'Percy Rodriguez''s final filmed performance.See more »
Perry Mason:Too bad you didn't support the hypotheses that David Hall committed suicide, you might never have been found out.
Andrew Lloyd:I wanted the world to remember David Hall, not as some suicidal neurotic but as a man who is, a hero, as heroes often do; he met a sad, sudden, and tragic death.
See more »
Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Sticks to formula for the majority to produce a film that will please fans of the Perry Mason films, 6 February 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Jordan White is in the process of consulting his lawyer Perry Mason about the potential to sue writer David Hall over similarities to him in Hall's new book when he is called to visit Hall's mansion. When he arrives White finds he is just one of several guests but still there is no Hall. Each guest is given a copy of Hall's new book which apparently has characters very closely modelled on all of them and secrets in their pasts. That night each guest gets a sinister practical joke played on them and they confront White, full of threats and anger. At midnight that night White is called to the building's tower by Hall but just before he gets there someone seems to throw Hall off the building and the witnesses to the fall only see White in the tower. The police arrest White, who immediately turns to Perry Mason for defence and, while Perry starts the trial, Paul Drake investigates strange goings-on within the hotel.

It has been some time since I have watched a Perry Mason film simply because I have seen almost all of them. So when this one came onto television I moved quickly to take the chance to see one of the few I have yet to watch. Having seen so many of them I knew just what I was getting into and, aside from a ghostly element to Drake's thread, this pretty much sticks to the formula that made the series achieve an uninspiring if enjoyable standard. The set up to the mystery is slightly different and it does use the ghost element well to make the investigation side more interesting (Drake almost always teams up with a young woman and gets punched – at least this time it feels a bit different). The court case does the usual thing with some nice "objections" etc and the usual last minute revelations; it is never anything that special but it is on formula for the series and as such Perry Mason fans should enjoy it.

The cast are pretty good. Burr hardly sets the screen alight but I always liked him as Mason and he has a good presence in the court scenes. Hale has a small role but is comfortable with it while Katt does his usual stuff to introduce a bit of action into the story. Stack is solid enough but I cannot hear his voice without seeing him in his Airplane character – so that undermined the early scenes a bit for me. The support include Schultz, Delaney, Lipscomb and a few others turn in good performances, or at least good for this type of film.

Overall an enjoyable Perry Mason film that takes a slightly different tact but generally sticks closely to formula and will please fans as a result. Nothing too special or dramatic and will certainly not win over those viewers left cold by the series in other films but it is worth a look if you like this sort of thing.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (5 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit (1987)


Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.