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Release Date:
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
John O. Robinson III .... sound editor
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
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
Dave West .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
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 Smith .... post facilities manager (uncredited)

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Drowned Wife, 3 August 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake finds America's most formidable defense attorney taking on David Hasselhoff as a client who is being accused of the murder of his wife. Hasselhoff is a retired tennis player now just hanging on in the tennis circles and is thought to have just married wife Doran Clark for her money. Everyone that is but family attorney John Ireland who retains Perry on behalf of Hasselhoff.

There's another part to this story, when they were teenagers Clark and her sister were kidnapped and thrown in the lake by the suspect just before a shootout with the local sheriff and his posse. The suspect was killed, the sister drowned and her body never recovered, and Clark was traumatized. It took her years to resume a normal life. And now her body is thought to be in the same lake.

The cases are indeed connected in a complicated scheme worked out by the murderer and an accomplice. The ending is a bit of a variation on the Perry Mason format. But Mason fans can rest assured that Hasselhoff didn't kill his wife. Perry just doesn't defend the guilty.

With an intricate twist in the plot and outcome, The Case of the Lady in the Lake is one of the better Mason films. Good, but don't expect Raymond Chandler either.

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