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Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal (1993)

The owner of a cosmetics company is unveiling a new cream which she claims she's been using. She's been keeping her age a secret and now reveals that she's 60 and owes her appearance to the... See full summary »

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Robert Schlitt, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William R. Moses ... Ken Malansky
Carmen Argenziano ... Asst. Dist. Atty. Mallars
Scott Thompson Baker Scott Thompson Baker ... Scott Collins
Jonathan Banks ... Dr. Willam Shell
Polly Bergen ... Barbara Fox
Morgan Fairchild ... Alana Westbrook
Michael Halsey ... Motor Garage Owner
Tippi Hedren ... Beverly Courtney
Betsy Jones-Moreland Betsy Jones-Moreland ... Judge Elinor Harrelson
Lauren Lane ... Lauren Kent
James McEachin ... Lt Brock
Patrick O'Neal ... Arthur Westbrook
David Warner ... Harley Griswold
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The owner of a cosmetics company is unveiling a new cream which she claims she's been using. She's been keeping her age a secret and now reveals that she's 60 and owes her appearance to the cream. She's later killed and the formula missing. Her husband is arrested and Perry defends him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perry Mason - La formule magique See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Final TV role of Patrick O'Neal. See more »

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Mr. Mason starts examining Mr. Griswold as a hostile witness, in an effort to challenge his alibi. In the middle of his examination, Mr. Mason lets his junior colleague, Mr. Malansky, continue the examination and introduce certain contrary evidence. Then Mr. Mason forcefully resumes his examination to impeach the witness' statement about being home at a certain hour. In actual court proceedings, whichever member of a multi-counsel team opens with a witness, that attorney alone continues with that witness until said witness is excused. Furthermore, should the team recall the witness, the original team member, and only the original team member, may examine the witness at that next time. See more »

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Solid Mason film for fans but chickened out of a REAL twist at the end
1 February 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Head of a large cosmetics firm, Alana Westbrook calls a press conference to announce her new anti-aging cream and to prove it's effectiveness presents a birth certificate proving she is really 62. After a break in at her offices Alana takes her formula to her home safe, but after a party at her house Alana is confronted and killed and the formula stolen. The police suspect Alana's husband but Mason takes on her case and defends Mr Westbrook. Malansky meanwhile goes after Lauren Kent who was seen snooping around and is known to have done dirty tricks work for Alana.

After watching a couple of the `Perry Mason Mysteries' series made after Burr was dead I was ready to return to the films that actually had the title character in the role. The plot here is the normal Mason fare and works well if that's what you're happy with, which I usually am. Malanksy's investigation is good because it has some strong twists that genuinely make you question what's going on. The story has more teeth than usual at times and it is quite dramatic occasionally. The only down side is that at one point the film looks like it's going to be a earth-shattering twist before it falls into the normal `court room confession' ending and is a little disappointing.

Burr is a breath of fresh air after the stand-ins and he goes for it during the courtroom scenes. He is in his element and does well. Moses and Hale are both OK but Hale has little to do as always. The support cast is relatively `all-star', normally we have only one famous face but here we have a good handful. Morgan Freechild is the victim of the piece and the (once) great Tippi Hedren (The Birds) is OK. Other faces that you'll recognise are David Warner and Jonathon Banks (making his second Mason movie appearance).

Overall this is a good entry in the Mason series and appears stronger after watching all the `Mason Mystery' series! However it could have been much better if the ending had gone the way I expected it to but despite this it is still entertaining.


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