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Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss (1993)

On the set of a popular daytime soap opera 'Mile High', actress Kris Buckner is being forced off by co-star Mark Stratton. When she says that she'll 'kill him before she leaves the show', ... See full summary »

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Gerry Conway, Erle Stanley Gardner (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William R. Moses ... Ken Malansky
Stuart Damon ... Alex Straub
Linda Dano ... Sandra Drake
Genie Francis ... Kris Buckner
Richard Grove ... Jim Watson
Sean Kanan ... Mark Stratton
Christian Leblanc ... Sheriff (as Christian LeBlanc)
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... District Attorney Markham
James McEachin ... Lt Brock
Karen Moncrieff ... Mimi Hoyle
Richard Riehle ... Mort Aberdine
Arleen Sorkin ... Peg Ferman
Krista Tesreau Krista Tesreau ... Charlotte Grant
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Storyline

On the set of a popular daytime soap opera 'Mile High', actress Kris Buckner is being forced off by co-star Mark Stratton. When she says that she'll 'kill him before she leaves the show', she makes herself the prime suspect when Stratton is murdered by someone poisoning him. As an old friend, Perry Mason comes to the help of Kris and agrees to defend her. Meanwhile Ken goes in search of information with the help of fan of the show. Written by bob the moo

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Mr. Burr was so weak during the shooting that he is always either sitting down or leaning on the props. Near the end of the trial, a double is used to show him walking out of the courtroom. See more »

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When examining the security guard in court, Mason uses the term prosecution office when talking about the studio. He meant to say production office and the mistake was not caught prior to airing. See more »

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At the end of the film, the words 'DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF RAYMOND BURR 1917-1993' appear on the screen just as the end credits roll. See more »

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A Sad Ending
10 January 2018 | by slbbooksmusicfilmSee all my reviews

The Perry Mason TV movies that ran from 1985 to 1993 were not always as good as they could have been, thanks to the formulaic scripts, and the reliance on cases that involved celebrities of some kind, which made them even more repetitive. But they were always entertaining, and Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale's characterisations as Mason and Della Street developed nicely as the series went on, and along the way we get to find out more about them than we ever did in the 271 episodes of the original TV series. The penultimate TV movie, the Telltale Talkshow Host, ends with a poignant kiss between Mason and Della, suggesting a romantic relationship of some kind, and this would probably have been developed slowly but surely had Burr lived. Sadly, though, he only made one more appearance, and that was in the Case of the Killer Kiss.

This is one of the worst of the series - if not THE worse. The acting seems to mirror that of the daytime soap opera at the heart of the story, and the writing is little better, although the motive for murder is more complex than normal. Burr was so ill on set that he is always seen sitting or leaning on something - a double is used on the one occasion he is seen walking. It is such a shame that he put such effort into a script that is so poor. Even Burr himself seems to struggle to deliver his cliched and repetitive lines with any enthusiasm. The Perry Mason series were always, even at their worst, watchable, but this final episode pushes the viewer's patience to the limit in that regard. It is notable only for Burr's final screen appearance and the inflated role for Della Street - again, probably a result of Burr being ill. A testiment to Burr's professionalism and love for the character, but otherwise a sad final bow for both him and Perry Mason - both of which were extremely classy gentlemen.


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