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Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter (1990)

A teenager from Las Vegas asks Perry Mason to defend her father who is accused of killing a notorius blackmailer who drove her uncle to suicide.

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Erle Stanley Gardner (characters), 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 R. Moses ... Ken Malansky
Jere Burns ... Cliff Bartell
Robert Culp ... Richard Stuart
Ken Kercheval ... L.D. Ryan
Kevin Tighe ... Steven Elliott
Robert Vaughn ... Jay Corelli
John Apicella ... Martin Hochman
Don Galloway ... Sgt. Hollenbeck
Harry Lennix ... Prosecutor Keith Warner
Jenny Lewis ... Melanie Benson
John Posey ... David Benson
Michele Scarabelli ... Ms. Young (Jennifer / Stephanie)
Lois De Banzie Lois De Banzie ... Sarah Andrews (as Lois de Banzie)
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Storyline

Richard Stuart is a very wealthy man, thanks to his methods of 'assisting' certain people to advance in their careers. However, he's blackmailing all of his clients and every now and then he invites them to Las Vegas for a poker game, at which he gets his money from his clients. Thanks to one of Richard's schemes, David Benson's brother committed suicide, and David bursts into one of these 'poker parties' with a gun and attempts to shoot Richard but is overpowered and thrown out. Later that night, Richard is shot with David's gun and David is arrested for the crime. David's young daughter Melanie had followed him to Las Vegas, and when he's arrested she runs to Perry Mason, who is in town with Ken for a boxing match. Perry knows of Richard's methods, and as he wants to know the truth he sets out with Della and Ken to solve the mystery but Melanie wants to help too and gets herself in major trouble with one of the suspects. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Перри Мейсон: Дело отчаявшейся дочери See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Viacom Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Don Galloway has a minor role as a police sergeant in this movie. For eight years he co-starred with Raymond Burr on Ironside (1967). See more »

Goofs

When Ken and Alice enter her home the inside does not match the outside. On the outside the door is in a corner but the kitchen on the inside is along a straight wall. There is also a laundry vent on the right side of the door but there is no corresponding vent on the inside of the house. See more »

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Follows The Case of the Black Cat (1936) See more »

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Tailor made fall guy
20 September 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Perry Mason movie has a closed ring of suspects in who killed Robert Culp. All of them John Posey, Jere Burns, Kevin Tighe, Robert Vaughn, and Ken Kercheval have lots of reasons to kill Culp, he was blackmailing the lot of them.

Culp has a really clever scheme going, his victims meet in Las Vegas every year give him and $8000.00 check and declare it as gambling losses as he declares a gambling victory. It's made him a rich man, as rich as the rest of these guys, all of whom he has something on.

But when Posey breaks in waving a gun threatening to kill Culp, he's tailor made as a fall guy. One of them steals his gun and shoots Culp.

The perpetrator has an accomplice steer Posey away from the scene and then disappear so he has no alibi. It's William R. Moses's job to find that accomplice Michelle Scarabelli. In fact Scarabelli has quite a secret of her own.

In casting Burns, Tighe, Vaughn, and Kercheval they got four people who've done some pretty nasty things big screen and small in several movies and programs. You'll not figure out who the perpetrator is.

And that's the necessary ingredient for any Perry Mason story because Raymond Burr does not defend guilty clients.


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