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Writers (WGA):
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Dean Hargrove (story) ...
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12 February 1989 (USA) See more »
Ken Malansky is a law student attending a class being taught by Perry Mason. When a friend tells him... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

Alexandra Paul ... Amy Hastings

William R. Moses ... Ken Malansky

Brian Keith ... Frank Wellman Sr.
Leslie Ackerman
Richard Allen

Brian Backer ... Eugene

John DeMita ... Scott McDonald (as John De Mita)

Karen Kopins ... Kimberly McDonald
John LaMotta ... Bartender Al (as John La Motta)

Charley Lang ... Travis Howe

John Allen Nelson ... Frank Wellman Jr.

Mark Rolston ... Vic Hatton
Raye Birk ... Sam Morgan
Marlene Warfield
Kathryn Christopher ... Judge Hoffman
Albert Valdez ... Paul Roberti
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurence Kirchmar ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Christian I. Nyby II 
Writing credits
Robert Hamilton (teleplay)

Dean Hargrove (story) &
Joel Steiger (story)

Produced by
Robert Hamilton .... supervising producer
Dean Hargrove .... executive producer
Peter Katz .... producer
Fred Silverman .... executive producer
David Solomon .... co-producer
Joel Steiger .... executive 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
Rosanne Bigelow .... hair stylist (as Roseann Bigelow)
Patti Dallas .... makeup artist
Judee Guilmette .... 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)
Gary Grillo .... first assistant director
Art Department
Randy Holland .... construction coordinator
Jeff Petersen .... property master
Sound Department
Jory A. Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jory Beckert)
James Emerson .... production sound mixer
Sam Horta .... supervising sound editor
Leonard Peterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul J. Diller .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Jencks .... key grip
Bradford Lipson .... gaffer (as Brad Lipson)
Douglas O'Kane .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon T. Brunn .... costumer: women
Kelly Andrew King .... costumer: men (as Kelly A. King)
Editorial Department
Leslie Sackheim .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ted Roberts .... music editor
Fred Steiner .... composer: original Perry Mason theme
Transportation Department
Gil Talamantes .... 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
Jeff Glasser .... script supervisor
Andrea Korkut .... production coordinator
Debbie Nodella .... production accountant
Dennis Smith .... legal advisor
Ledge Musselman .... stand-in (uncredited)
Melissa J.L. Smith .... post facilities manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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95 min
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Errors in geography: The night skyline shown in this movie and other modern Perry Mason movies is of Atlanta with the Peachtree Plaza not of Denver where the movie is supposedly taking place.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Ken Malansky Debuts, 4 August 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This entry in the Perry Mason series marked the first time that William R. Moses makes an appearance. He's young law school student Ken Malansky and they meet as Perry is giving a lecture to the participants of a moot court of soon to be graduates.

One of my favorite ironic moments in the Perry Mason series occurs in this film, Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson. Raymond Burr gives a very good speech to the group about juries, people bringing all kinds of baggage from their every days lives to a jury. They're no better or worse than any other average group of folks you can get out of a phone book. But that as a jury they become a noble body and one should never demean them in any way.

It was a great moment of eloquence for Raymond Burr, one of the best in his career as an actor. It ought to be mandatory in law schools in fact. Yet we are talking about Perry Mason who never let a case get that far to a jury, at least not in any of the movies or the couple of hundred episodes from the original series that I recall.

Anyway among the participants of the moot court is John Allen Nelson, the spoiled son of Brian Keith who is an old friend of Burr's. He's a really rotten kid who's dad has used money and influence to get him out of trouble before. During moot court Moses threatens him and later goes out looking to him some bodily harm. But someone beat him to it when he finds the body and he's discovered with the corpse of the late Mr. Nelson. Of course Moses turns to Perry Mason for help.

For fans of the old television series, the character of Ken Malansky actually does have a precedent. For a couple of seasons Perry Mason had an actor named Karl Held play young lawyer David Gideon whom he also defended in a murder trial. Held popped up in a dozen or so episodes after that.

Anyway you know this kid had a host of people who didn't like him in his study group and others. But Perry ferrets out the killer in his usual manner.

William R. Moses joined the TV film series after that as William Katt as Paul Drake, Jr. departed for a series Top of the Hill that didn't last. Neither Moses or Katt have ever lacked for work however though they both are now forty somethings.

It's a good episode and fans of Billy Moses consider it a landmark.

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