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10 April 1995 (USA) See more »
Bill McKenzie's niece works as a production assistant for controversial television personality Josie Joplin... See more » | Add synopsis »
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OK but not great – the ghost of Burr looms large See more (5 total) »


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Hal Holbrook ... Wild Bill McKenzie

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William R. Moses ... Ken Malansky

Tony Roberts ... Toby Joplin

Victoria Jackson ... Lisa Kaye

David Rasche ... Ben Landry

Holland Taylor ... Janice

Tina Yothers ... Claire Howard

Khrystyne Haje ... Patricia MacDonald

Susan Diol ... Ivy West

James McEachin ... Lt. Brock

John Laughlin
Leslie Bevis ... Rosa Westlake
H. Richard Greene

Sal Viscuso

Jay Pickett
Johanna Morrison

Stephen Young

Ron Fassler

Dyan Cannon ... Josie Joplin
Mary Dixie Carter ... Secretary (as Mary Dixie)
Vincent J. McEveety ... Cop
Dennis Bertsch ... Reporter #1
Ed McCready ... Reporter #2
J. Robert Prete ... Investor
Earl D. Pruitt ... Reporter #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kim Simms Thomas ... Celia Brooks (as Kim Simmons Thomas)

Fawn ... Young daughter (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincent McEveety 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerry Conway  written by
Erle Stanley Gardner  characters

Produced by
Joyce Burditt .... supervising producer
Barry Steinberg .... producer
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis  (as Dick De Benedictis)
Cinematography by
Fred V. Murphy (director of photography) (as Fred V. Murphy II)
Frank Thackery (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Solomon 
Production Design by
Paul Staheli 
Set Decoration by
R.W. 'Inke' Intlekofer 
Makeup Department
Brenda Blatt .... hair stylist
Beverley Collins .... makeup artist (as Beverly Collins)
Lynn Del Kail .... hair stylist
Dionne Smith .... makeup artist
Production Management
Paul Mason .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Cook .... second assistant director
Gary Grillo .... first assistant director
Richard Hinds .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Frank Escobedo .... property master
Van C. Unger .... construction coordinator (as Van Unger)
Sound Department
Robert Abbott .... production sound mixer (as Bob Abbott)
Richard LeGrand Jr. .... supervising sound editor
Andy MacDonald .... sound re-recording mixer (as Andrew Macdonald)
Thomas Meloeny .... sound re-recording mixer
Harry E. Snodgrass .... sound effects editor
Bill Nicholson .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Hal Burton .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Victor Abbene .... gaffer
Lee Nakahara .... camera operator
Tracy Neftzger .... key grip
Casting Department
Robert McGee .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles DeMuth .... costumer: men (as Charles Demuth)
Christine Heinz .... costumer: women (as Tina Heinz)
Dodie Shepard .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Hal Harrison .... post-production executive
Daisy Kettner .... assistant editor
Angela Spieles .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Geoffrey R. Smith .... location manager
Music Department
Ted Roberts .... music editor
Fred Steiner .... composer: theme "Perry Mason"
Transportation Department
James 'Obee' Oberman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Robert Benevides .... production consultant
Donna Colabella .... production executive
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main titles
Pamela Knapp .... production accountant
Dennis Smith .... legal advisor
Kami Turrou .... production coordinator
Suzanne Waite .... script supervisor
Ledge Musselman .... stand-in ) (uncredited)

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Final movie of the Perry Mason series in which Hal Holbrook substituted after the death of Raymond Burr.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows "Perry Mason" (1957)See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
OK but not great – the ghost of Burr looms large, 18 January 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Lawyer Bill McKenzie's niece works as an assistant to sitcom star Josie Joplin. He flies to see her when she is accused of having an affair with Josie's husband, Toby. Ivy assures her Uncle that the story and an on-set fight are all part of a PR stunt. However when Ivy is framed for Josie's murder, Bill returns to help defend her. Meanwhile Ken is sent to try and find the driver of a jeep seen speeding away from Josie's hotel just before the murder, aided (and hindered) by a National Informer photographer desperate for a big story.

With the death of burr the series tried to keep the formula alive with the shell of the cast and the same basic stories. For most of the `Wild Bill' episodes it sort of worked. Here the story is reasonable but again it needs to have some link for Bill rather than just have him defend someone like Mason could. The story is OK but the courtroom scenes lack the fireworks (comparatively anyway) that mason brought. Here Bill seems to expose people's weaknesses then the scenes just end in order to keep the person alive as a suspect. The end is a better twist than usual but is no less illogical or out-of-the-blue than others.

Holbrook is good in the lead and makes his own character rather than aping Mason. Moses is his usual self and does all the action stuff reasonably well. Hale has clearly decided enough is enough and not-so-subtly removes herself from the series and hands over to Taylor who does OK (but replacing Della in the movies doesn't mean much in terms of hard work). This casting was of interest to me because Taylor had starred as a different character ten years early in Perry Mason Returns. The support cast is filled with reasonably well known faces who all do a TVM sufficient job. Cannon is good and is supported by the unmistakable Roberts (Annie Hall etc) and, amusingly enough, David Rasche (Sledge Hammer).

Overall this is an average entry to the series and was (at time of writing) the last one they made. It's not that it's bad but the ghost of burr looms large over it. Areas where Mason was weak are forgotten and the parts of the formula that he did well and now made to look weak.

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