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Erle Stanley Gardner (characters creator)
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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
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
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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3 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Routine but pleasant, 10 June 2001
Author: sundar-2 from Ontario, Canada

"The Lady in the Lake" starts out well. In the beginning, it records the gentle romance between newly-married Billy (David Hasselhof) and Sara Wingate (Doran Clark) and introduces the other main characters who have reasons for being malicious towards the young couple. When Billy is accused of murdering Sara, Perry Mason steps in to defend him. After that this tele-film becomes quite routine. During the courtroom scenes, Perry is not challenged much by the D.A. Even the judge is indulgent towards Perry. Because they are not hostile enough, the dramatic value of "The Lady in the Lake" is lessened. Paul Drake, Jr., is shown to be a rather inept private eye who lets his suspects slip away from his clutches. His incompetence has the effect of lengthening the film by another 30 minutes.

Raymond Burr may have been a great Perry Mason in the late 1950s. However, in these tele-films of the 1980s, he is difficult to admire - the reason being his portly Falstaffian frame which impedes even his gait. It is rather painful to see his leisurely locomotion with the aid of a cane. Why didn't the producers insist that he lose some weight? Similar comments apply to Barbara Hale. But then the purpose of these made-for-TV movies is to stir up memories of the good old days. Therefore, I cannot imagine any other actors playing Perry Mason or Della Street. A young and softer-looking David Hasselhof (in his pre-Baywatch days) and the two main female characters are pleasing to the eye, unlike Burr or Hale.

(Reviewed by Sundar Narayan)

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