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15 May 1988 (USA) See more »
A tennis player is accused to having killed his wife, a rich heiress. The facts are against him as he was seen in the arms of his former girlfriend in the night before the murder. This is a case for Perry Mason. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William Katt ... Paul Drake Jr.

David Hasselhoff ... Billy Travis

John Beck ... Doug Vickers
Doran Clark ... Sara Wingate-Travis

George DelHoyo ... Frank Travis (as George Deloy)

John Ireland ... Walter
Liane Langland ... Lisa Blake

Darrell Larson ... Skip Wingate

Audra Lindley ... Mrs. Chaney

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

Terrence Evans ... Sheriff Ed Prine (as Terrance Evans)
Richard Jury ... Hans (as Ric Jury)
Nadya Starr ... Polly Neff
Wendy MacDonald ... Jobeth (as Wendy Macdonald)

Jim Beaver ... Motel Manager

Michael Flynn ... Doctor Everett
Carl Morrow ... Ranger Evans
David Watson ... Judge Howard McGraw
Michael Preston ... Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurence Kirchmar ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Tennis Pro (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Satlof 
Writing credits
Shel Willens (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
David Solomon 
Casting by
Carol L. Dudley  (as Carol Dudley)
Art Direction by
Paul Staheli 
Set Decoration by
Charlie Helms 
Costume Design by
Ronn Rynhart 
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)
Jeff Rafner .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Randy Holland .... construction coordinator
Susan MacDonald-Petersen .... property master (as Macdonald-Petersen)
Sound Department
Neil Brody .... re-recording sound mixer
James Emerson .... production sound mixer
Sam Horta .... supervising sound editor
Ray O'Reilly .... re-recording sound mixer
Gregory H. Watkins .... re-recording sound mixer
Mark L. Mangino .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Paul Staples .... special effects coordinator
Bob Bralver .... stunt coordinator
Dean Raphael Ferrandini .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Emmons .... first camera assistant
Bradford Lipson .... gaffer (as Brad Lipson)
Daniel McKinny .... director of photography: second unit (as Dan McKinny)
Fred Vicarel .... key grip
Charles M. Smallwood .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kelly Andrew King .... costumer: men (as Kelly King)
Judith Scheurwater .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Donald Freeman .... colorist (2014 Remaster)
Leslie Sackheim .... assistant editor
Music Department
Stan Jones .... music editor
Fred Steiner .... composer: original Perry Mason theme
Transportation Department
Robert Benjamin .... transportation coordinator
Dave West .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Karen Beard .... location manager
Robert Benevides .... production consultant
Donna Colabella .... production executive
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main title
Jeff Glasser .... script supervisor
Andrea Korkut .... production coordinator
Dennis Smith .... legal advisor
Franklin Thompson .... executive consultant
Norman Webster .... production auditor
Melissa J.L. Smith .... post facilities manager (uncredited)

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A solid if unspectacular entry in the Mason TVM series, 2 March 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Billy is a retired tennis player who has moved into resort building with his wealthy wife Sara. When she is found drowned out in the lake, Billy is charged as he had the most to gain and all clues point to him. Mason agrees to defend Billy and begins by looking into her past and a kidnapping incident on the lake as a child. Meanwhile Drake tries to track down Billy's old girlfriend who has quit her job and gone missing.

Boasting a `big' star role for Knight Rider and Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, this films actually is quite lacking in terms of plotting. The set up seems quite deliberately to hark back to an event in the past to the point that you know it must be tied up with what's coming. Even though this is obvious, it is still impossible to guess the killer - and Mason's `isn't it true' is quite a stretch and should have been shouted down by the DA so full was it of conjecture! Mason never really gets to grips with the characters involved and even Drake's section is dull and it's clear that we're not meant to really know what he's going to find until the very end.

The cast are pretty average. Burr is reasonable assured in the role but Katt is starting to look tired - he brings nothing to the party in this film apart from the usual stuff. Hale is underused although Hasselhoff is good in his minor role - or at least as good as he usually is (I'll leave you to your own opinion). The rest of the support cast basically fail to really make an impression and there are a handful of women with 80's clothes and haircuts who really look alike and don't stand out.

Overall this will satisfy Mason fans but will certainly not win over any new fans to the series. The plot is not great, even by the standards of the series. While it is still worth a watch if you are a fan, I must admit that I wasn't ever really totally won over by this film.

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