Ken Malansky is a law student attending a class being taught by Perry Mason. When a friend tells him that his girlfriend was assaulted by a fellow student, Ken rushes to the university's ... See full summary »
Bill McKenzie's niece works as a production assistant for controversial television personality Josie Joplin, who publicly accuses her of having an affair with her husband. One night ... See full summary »
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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 »
Jordan White, a publisher friend of Perry, is called to a hotel where a guest, famous horror writer David Hall, has cleared out the hotel for a weekend and has called his "friends" - an ... See full summary »
Della meets up with an old friend, a child that she used to baby-sit and she and Perry are invited to meet the friend's new wife, Suzanne. Meanwhile, Suzanne rents out her house to four ... See full summary »
An old flame of Mason's is one of those being considered to fill a vacated government position. Now, her husband's approached by a man who says he knows his wife's secret and that if this ... See full summary »
Perry is sueing a gutter trash newspaper that is running a story about a love affair between him and Della. The editor also has "dirt" files on an Army General, his banker and other "... See full summary »
Air Force Lt. Col. Kevin Parks was arrested and convicted for a murder of a woman and is trying to appeal for the second time when one of the first appeal lawyers, Perry, finds a new ... See full summary »
An actor rigs a fake on-air shooting with the connivance of his friend, the show's host, but the practical joke goes horribly wrong when the gun, which he'd loaded with blanks, turns out to contain a live round.
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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