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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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Storyline

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

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

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The murder weapon is a Thompson Contender. It is a single shot weapon which does not eject its cartridge. During the episode, the cartridge is introduced as evidence in the trial, which would have been very unlikely. Later in a scene the gun is used by an assassin with rapid fire, which isn't possible with this weapon. See more »

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Conspirators Only Go Skin Deep
7 October 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Patrick O'Neal makes his second appearance in a Perry Mason mystery movie in The Case Of The Skin-Deep Scandal. In the first Perry Mason film, O'Neal was the victim for which Barbara Hale was arrested and Raymond Burr resigned from the bench to get back into private practice to defend his old girl Friday.

But in The Case Of The Skin-Deep Scandal O'Neal is in fact the defendant who is charged with the murder of his wife Morgan Fairchild. Fairchild is a beautiful and ruthless cosmetics Queen who built her empire on O'Neal's money. Now she's got all kinds of people who've been trampled on the way up and they're out for blood. O'Neal looks good for it because Fairchild's been keeping a boy toy played by Scott Thompson Baker on the side. But there are a host of other suspects as is always the case.

The Case Of The Skin Deep Scandal also marked the farewell performance of Patrick O'Neal who never failed to be good in a variety of roles he was cast in. My personal favorite with him has always been Alvarez Kelly where his performance of the unctuous Union Major stole the film from stars William Holden and Richard Widmark.

I think I can safely say that the murder involves two other members of the cast, one of whom kills the other in order to not risk exposure on the Fairchild murder. Billy Moses is also nearly killed by the same person and of course they both don't reckon with the research and deductive powers of ace defense attorney Perry Mason.

Some of the plot elements are borrowed from the Billy Wilder film, Fedora. This is one of the better Perry Mason mysteries, devoted fans will love it.


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