Thatcher Horton is owner of a Denver sports arena and a couple of sports teams. Bobby Spencer a friend of Ken was one of his hockey players. It seems that Horton verbally promised him that ... See full summary »
Thatcher Horton is owner of a Denver sports arena and a couple of sports teams. Bobby Spencer a friend of Ken was one of his hockey players. It seems that Horton verbally promised him that he would take care of him if he gets injured, which happened. Now it seems that Horton is reneging and he has asked Ken to represent him in his suit against Horton. Bobby threatened Horton and not long after that Horton was killed and the murder weapon was found in Bobby's possession. So Perry comes to help defend Bobby. It seems that Horton was not liked by other people including his wife and son, and it also seems that the killer was a professional assassin, so did one of them hire him? Written by
In Perry Mason: The Case Of The All Star Assassin, America's number one defense attorney gets involved in defending Jason Beghe, a star hockey player who is accused of shooting down Pernell Roberts, a George Steinbrenner like owner of both a hockey and basketball team in Denver. He's also got an interest in tennis in the person of tennis pro, Shari Belafonte.
I'm sure there are any number of folks who wouldn't mind seeing Mr. Steinbrenner done in and it's the same with Pernell Roberts. The reason that Beghe is zeroed in on as a suspect is because the murder weapon is found in his car and after Beghe storms out of deposition with his attorney Ken Malansky yelling threats against Roberts's person. Actually the only thing Beghe did was go out on a terrific drunk, the same as Jim Metzler did in the previous Mason film.
It was nice if ever so briefly to see Billy Moses actually doing lawyer like work if in fact he did then turn the case over to Raymond Burr and resume his sleuth role. This episode marked the farewell appearance of Alexandra Paul as Billy's girl Friday, Amy. I believe she started in Baywatch the following year.
The Case of The All Star Assassin not a bad entry in the Mason series. Burr gets a rather colorless female ADA in Valerie Mahaffey as an opponent here. As for the culprit, all I can say that until the very end, this suspect is probably the one least focused on during the film.
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