Bradley Thompson, a famous crime writer, is in town to collect an award for his latest book. However he is a fraud. Bradley takes information, book plots and sometimes the entire book from other people and gets them published under his own name and enjoys the credit when they become bestsellers. However most of his victims have become famous writers in their own right but Bradley, collecting his award, succeeds in rubbing all of them up the wrong way, including Perry's secretary Della and his detective/assistant lawyer, Ken. During the party after the award, Bradley is poisoned and his ex-wife framed for the crime. She calls in Perry, Della and Ken to investigate... Written by
Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>
Perry Mason: The Case of The Poisoned Pen finds Perry, Della, and Ken at a mystery writer's convention where David Warner is getting an award. Warner is one piece of work, a lot of the writers there have at one time or other worked with him, in fact he used their efforts to bolster his flagging creativity. Now he's writing some memoirs about his life and they promise to reveal a lot about his rivals, all of whom are now successful mystery writers in their own right.
When Warner winds up poisoned, though plenty of these people could have done the deed as Warner was poisoned at a cocktail reception that everyone including Perry Mason and his crew were attending, suspicion falls on Barbara Babcock, who actually married Warner at one time. But of course she didn't do it.
This film was the farewell appearance of actor Kiel Martin who is best known for playing Detective J.D. LaRue in Hill Street Blues. That show had one of the great ensemble casts ever put together for a series and Martin was always enjoyable.
What I like about The Case of the Poisoned Pen was the portrayal of the individual who is the killer. I can't say more, but as it turns out the perpetrator is one evil individual.
Catch this film and see what I mean.
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