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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.


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters), Dean Hargrove (story) | 2 more credits »




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 ... Sarah Andrews (as Lois de Banzie)


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery



Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal (1993) See more »

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Entertaining Perry Mason show
10 May 2013 | by fraudcopSee all my reviews

The plot of the show involved a murder occurring in Las Vegas, Nevada and a trial being held there. The courtroom scenes were actually filmed in the Municipal Court building of the City of Aurora, Colorado. The exteriors of the court building were filmed there also. A huge wooden duplicate of the Seal of the State of Nevada was hung over the marble City of Aurora seal that was hanging in a stairwell. The jail scenes were filmed in the newly constructed Aurora City Jail, which was not completed and at that time had no prisoners. The suspect in this play was the very first person to be "held" in the jail. Numerous detectives and other police personnel on their lunch hours, observed the filming from a second floor balcony. The hotel scenes were filmed in downtown Denver.

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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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Viacom Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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