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Perry Mason Returns (1985)

When his former secretary Della Street is accused of murder, Perry Mason gives up a judgeship to defend her.

Director:

Ron Satlof

Writers:

Dean Hargrove, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters creator)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Katt ... Paul Drake Jr.
Holland Taylor ... Paula Gordon
Richard Anderson ... Ken Braddock
Kerrie Keane ... Kathryn Gordon
Al Freeman Jr. ... Lt. Cooper
David McIlwraith David McIlwraith ... David Gordon
Roberta Weiss ... Laura Gordon
Cassie Yates ... Barbara Scott
Patrick O'Neal ... Arthur Gordon
James Kidnie ... Bobby Lynch
Paul Hubbard ... Sgt. Stratton
Lindsay Merrithew ... Chris
Kathleen Laskey ... Luanne
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Storyline

Wealthy businessman Mr. Gordon has many enemies and a family that wouldn't miss him if he dropped dead. Someone hires a hitman to kill him and carry it out in a way that frames Gordon's secretary, Della Street. When she's accused of the murder, Perry Mason resigns his position as judge to defend her, employing the son of his old colleague, Paul Drake, to act as private investigator on the case. Written by bob the moo

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The Defense Never Rests

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of Perry Mason See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Raymond Burr was approached to reprise the role of Perry Mason, he agreed to do so only if Barbara Hale came back as Della Street. See more »

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The opening credits refer to actress Cassie Yates as playing Julie Scott but is introduced as Barbara Scott in the film. See more »

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Perry Mason Takes Up Beating Women
21 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Since William Talman, who played the game but always losing ADA in the original series died in 1966, a new ADA was needed for the first of 26 TV movies, and they settled on a woman. While only Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale survive from the original cast, you know as soon as Fred Steiner's memorable theme begins that Perry's client faces an unsinkable case, and that Perry will sink it.

And a good thing too, since his client is Barbara Hale. It seems that Perry has been spending some time as a judge -- he was probably appointed to give the Los Angeles DA's office a better win average -- but he resigns as soon as Della is arrested. With Della's son by investigator Paul Drake (played by Miss Hale's son, William Katt) we are treated to an investigation -- Katt providing some comedy -- in which there are more than half a dozen suspects, since we all know that Della didn't do the deed.

There are the usual trite "This Time It's Personal!" tropes, but it's a well-built and executed mystery. It's a pleasure to see Burr resume the signature role that changed him from a movie heavy to a TV star.


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