McBride is a former cop-turned-defense lawyer with a penchant for taking on "lost cause" cases. After serving as a juror on an attempted murder case, McBride reluctantly agrees to represent... See full summary »
McBride is a former cop-turned-defense lawyer with a penchant for taking on "lost cause" cases. After serving as a juror on an attempted murder case, McBride reluctantly agrees to represent the defendant in her retrial. Assisted by the case's former public defender, Phil Newberry, and McBride's ex, Roberta, the three attempt to unravel the mystery of a tycoon nearly poisoned to death, and the many mysteries surrounding the case. Written by
This Hallmark movie, although it got quite a bit of structure from the "Perry Mason" TV movies, was slow but pleasant, with several plot turns that could be seen coming from a foot away. What it had going for it was its cast, including John LaRoquette, William McNamara, and a totally unrecognizable Daryl Anderson, aka "The Animal" from the old Lou Grant Show. Newcomer singer/actress Jamie Ray Newman (formerly of General Hospital) had a nice role, and long-time character actor Rod McCarron made an appearance. Nicest of all, two women of a certain age, Marta Dubois and Diane Robin, get to flirt shamelessly with LaRoquette. Dubois is a regular in this series and a love interest of McBride's - good to see an age-matched couple. There was some heart, too, as evidenced when McBride inherits Jessie, a client's dog. All in all, it's refreshing to see that these old-fashioned, purely entertaining types of mysteries with recognizable casts have a home on Hallmark. I look forward to another installment.
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