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Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion (1991)

Dyan Draper, editor of a well-known fashion magazine, is infamous for writing columns that destroy other people's careers; she also drives her employees to near-madness with her orders. ... See full summary »


Robert Janes, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters creator)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William R. Moses ... Ken Malansky
Valerie Harper ... Dyan Draper
Diana Muldaur ... Lauren Jeffreys
Scott Baio ... Asst. D.A. Peter Whelan
Robert Clohessy ... Tony Loomis
George DiCenzo ... Albert Nardone (as George Di Cenzo)
Bruce Kirby ... Det. Lt. Brennan
Robert Knepper ... Kim Weatherly
Gianni Russo ... Marco Sabatini
Ally Walker ... Julia Collier
Claire Yarlett ... Tanya Sloane
Deborah Brown Deborah Brown ... Secretary (as Debra-Jayne Brown)
Gil Colon Gil Colon ... Bailiff


Dyan Draper, editor of a well-known fashion magazine, is infamous for writing columns that destroy other people's careers; she also drives her employees to near-madness with her orders. Lauren Jeffreys, editor of another magazine, meets with Dyan and tries unsuccessfully to stop Dyan from writing about her in her next column. She tries again at Dyan's place, but Dyan is next seen dead on the floor. Lauren is the prime suspect, but as she's friends with Della and Perry, Perry takes the defense. Lauren gave birth at 16 and the child grew up to be Julia Collier, Dyan's private assistant, and Lauren and Julia try to reunite. Meanwhile, Ken comes up against Albert Nardone, infamous crime mobster and little-known fashion designer, as Nardone's nephew gets killed by Dyan's killer and unwillingly has one of Nardone's hoods "assist" him in searching for the killer.. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Both Ally Walker and Diana Muldaur have appeared in L A Law. See more »


When Tony is telling Ken how he ended up working for a crime boss, he mispronounces the name of his school, St. Giovanni. No Catholic kid from the Bronx would ever make such a mistake. See more »


Julia Collier: Because I hate her. I hated her when I was five, I hated her when I was twenty-five, and I hate her now.
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Follows The Case of the Curious Bride (1935) See more »

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Clothes To Die For
4 February 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Fashion magazine editor Valerie Harper annoys several people, including competing publisher Diana Muldar. When Miss Harper turns up dead, Miss Muldar finds herself on trial for murder. Perry Mason does not wish to take the case, since it's New York, but Della Street talks him into it. His competition in court is young Scott Baio, who admires Mason and looks forward to beating him. Foolish boy! Doesn't he know that all of Mason's clients are innocent and the murderer will confess on the witness stand?

It's one of the TV movies starring Raymond Burr as Erle Stanley Gardner's lawyer-sleuth, produced in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with Barbara Hale as his secretary. It's an amusing entry, with investigator William Moses dealing with mafiosi and New York City traffic. The mystery isn't as difficult as some others in the series, but Robert Janes' script plays fair with the rules of mystery writing.

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24 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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