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 »
Perry is at TV station "KGGY" to be interviewed but thanks to the interference of main anchor-person Brett Huston the interview is pulled. Mostly everybody hates Brett as Brett knows all ... See full summary »
Christian I. Nyby II
William R. Moses
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 »
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 »
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 McKenzie's niece receives a message which she believes is from Josie to go to her hotel room, when she gets there someone knocks her out and when she wakes up, Josie is dead and she's the number one suspect, so McKenzie defends her. Written by
The last of the contracted Perry Mason television movies is The Case Of The Jealous Jokester where Dyan Cannon plays television mom of Harriet Nelson family values with a comic twist and who is one real hellcat off the stage. Mean, manipulative, and vindictive to all around her, Cannon is probably one woman who really did deserve her fate. The problem is that the perpetrator fixed a good alibi by framing the niece of Wild Bill McKenzie played her by Victoria Jackson.
Hal Holbrook's character was an interesting one and I'm sorry the series wasn't continued with his name on it. I believe that the public just didn't accept him as a Perry Mason lite. Probably because of contracts, the films had to be presented as Perry Mason mysteries. It would have been better had they even just dropped that identifiable theme music, used Barbara Hale and William R. Moses in their characters and simply said that Perry had died.
Barbara Hale was going to retire in any event, in fact you can see she's breaking in Holland Taylor to fill her familiar role. Billy Moses would have no doubt continued as lawyer/investigator Ken Malansky with the Wild Bill McKenzie law firm had they continued the series.
It's not a bad film, but the McKenzie character, maybe because of legal problems was sold wrong.
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