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Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion (1991)

Dyan Draper, an editor of a well known fashion magazine, is infamous for writing columns that destroy other people's career. She also drives her employees to near madness with her orders ... See full summary »

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Dyan Draper, an editor of a well known fashion magazine, is infamous for writing columns that destroy other people's career. She also drives her employees to near madness with her orders and therefore isn't well liked. Lauren Jeffreys, the editor of another magazine, meets up with Dyan in an attempt to get Dyan not to write about her in her next column but to no avail. Lauren tries again at Dyan's place but the next time we see Dyan she is dead on the floor. Lauren is the prime suspect but she is a friend of Perry's and Della and so Perry's take the defence. Lauren had a child when she was 16 and the child grew up to be Julia Collier, Dyan's private assistant, and Lauren and Julia try to get back together. Meanwhile, Ken comes up against Albert Nardone, infamous crime mobster and little known fashion designer as Nardone's nephew gets killed by Dyan's killer and unwillingly has one of Nardone hoods 'assist' him in trying to find the killer... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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When Dyan Draper is typing her column at home she is using an IBM-style PC with the monitor turned slightly toward camera. Later, when Perry Mason is inspecting the desk the computer has transformed into an Apple Mac. See more »

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Julia Collier: Because I hate her. I hated her when I was five, I hated her when I was twenty-five, and I hate her now.
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Follows Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder (1989) See more »

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Enjoyable - above average for the Mason films
14 September 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Fashion newspaper editor Dyan Draper has a habit of exposing those in the fashion world in her column. It's only a matter of time before she in bumped off by someone. Lauren Jeffreys is the main suspect as she had a public fight with Draper and was seen entering her building shortly before her death. Lauren is a friend of Della's so Perry takes the case despite also being a witness for the prosecution. Meanwhile Ken hooks up with a minor-Mafia hood to hunt down the real killer.

If you've seen one of these things then you've seen them all. The legal realism of these shows are always very doubtful but the drama is still enjoyable. Here for Mason is a witness but is still allowed to prosecute - also they do an unusual and unfair line up in the courtroom itself! Mason does his usual ripping into the witness stuff which is good and this time it isn't as straightforward as it usually is with a view twists making the climax different from usual (slightly). Ken's investigation is better than usual here and is enjoyable thanks to the presence of mobster Loomis as his partner - makes a change from Alexander Paul or some other dippy girl.

Burr is as good as ever in a role that he could do in his sleep with no real difficulty. Hale is as underused as always but seems happy to be there. Moses does his usual stuff and gets help from Clohessy (best known for Oz)who is quite enjoyable, despite being a bit of a caricature (`hey! Gone on get outta here' etc). Muldaur is solid and is an unusually famous defendant having been in Star Trek. DiCenzo is fun in a small role as a dressmaking mobster!

Overall this doesn't really stand out from the majority of the Mason movies but if you like them then you'll like this. It isn't the best of the series but it's as good as the rest. Worth watching if you liked any of the other ones.


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