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Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star (1986)

An actor rigs a fake on-air shooting with the connivance of his friend, the show's host, but the practical joke goes horribly wrong when the gun, which he'd loaded with blanks, turns out to contain a live round.

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Ron Satlof

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Anne Collins (teleplay) (as Anne C. Collins), Dean Hargrove (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Katt ... Paul Drake Jr.
Joe Penny ... Robert McCay
Ron Glass ... Eric Brenner
Alan Thicke ... Steve Carr
Ivan Dixon ... Judge
Wendy Crewson ... Michelle Benti
David Ogden Stiers ... D.A. Michael Reston
Jennifer O'Neill ... Alison Carr
Ross Petty Ross Petty ... Peter Towne
Mary Kane Mary Kane ... Kate Huntley
Lisa Howard ... Sharon Loring
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Ray Anderson
Lee Wilkof ... Mr. Freeman
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Storyline

A comedian hatches a great joke: rig a fake killing live on TV. He takes a gun with blanks, and shoots his accomplice during a talk show. Happy that his joke has been successful, he walks away. His accomplice is really dead, however, and nearly a million viewers saw him pull the trigger. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perry Mason - Assassinio in diretta See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The suspect tells Mason he is not a murderer, however gross negligence such as pointing a firearm at another coupled with failing to check that it did in fact contain a blank round constitutes manslaughter which means he was responsible for their death but was not intended. See more »

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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (1990) See more »

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A Gag Gone Way Bad
22 June 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star finds our defense attorney in New York defending a man who killed a friend in front of 40 million people. The victim Alan Thicke is a famous host of a late night talk show apparently modeled on Johnny Carson. Of course Thicke has credentials for that in his own right.

You'd think that it would be an insurmountable case for Raymond Burr, but Perry Mason fans know a lot better. Mason is asked to defend action film star Joe Penny who walked in on Thicke's live show and shot him while it was being broadcast by the studio which was producing Penny's latest film. The two of them had quarreled the day before, but they were old friends.

In fact this was a gag that went horribly wrong. Penny borrowed a prop gun from the film and the real murderer switched it to a live round. Who else might want Thicke dead?

This was one of the weaker of the Perry Mason series. I can't believe that Penny if in fact it was a gag would just casually walk off the TV set and go to his favorite restaurant and order dinner where the cops do grab him. I think he would have seen immediately this gag went all wrong the second Thicke started bleeding.

But what I'm still trying to figure out is how California District Attorney David Ogden Stiers wound up prosecuting in a New York homicide. Can't be because of his track record against Perry Mason.

Of course Perry got his client off, but it might have been easier to prove Penny didn't know he had a real round in the weapon. Even against a prosecutor borrowed from Los Angeles.


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