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A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor (1994)

When gubernatorial candidate Harlan Richards is murdered, the suspicions fall on the incumbent Governor Ryan Allison but when he, too, is murdered the plot thickens.

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Max Tash

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Robert Schlitt, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters creator)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Holbrook ... Wild Bill McKenzie
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William R. Moses ... Ken Malansky
John Spencer ... Al Rhinehart
Gregg Henry ... John Orlando
Bonnie Bartlett ... Rosemary Sutter
Macon McCalman ... Dan Dixon
Kim Johnston Ulrich ... Karen Richards
Elyssa Davalos ... Violet Moore
Pato Hoffmann Pato Hoffmann ... Sgt. Whitehorse
Angela Dohrmann Angela Dohrmann ... Tammy
Fran Bennett Fran Bennett ... Judge Donna Andrews
Gregory Scott Cummins
David Selburg David Selburg
Tony Longo ... Will
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Perry's secretary Della and private investigator/lawyer Ken go to visit an old friend, rancher and famous lawyer, "Wild" Bill McKenzie. Meanwhile, gubernatorial candidate Harlan Richards is murdered, and his daughter, Karen, thinks that Harlan's rival, Governor Ryan Allison, has something to do with her father death. But Ryan has had suspicions about the death and thinks that it involves somebody that is close to him. He calls Karen but when she gets there Ryan is dead and Karen framed for the crime. Bill, as a friend of the Richards family, starts to investigate, and Ken and Della are only too willing to help. This was made after Raymond Burr sadly passed away... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Someone killed the governing body.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perry Mason - McKenzie und die toten Gouverneure See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Grimaces Are Fine Here-Case of Grimacing Governor Merits ***1/2
26 October 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Hal Holbrook was far better here than in a previous episode. Why? He actually tackles a case in the style of Perry Mason. Raymond Burr would have been very proud. This time he really doesn't let his personal life interfere in his conduct of this case involving the demise of a gubernatorial candidate and the governor as well.

There is plenty of intrigue here especially when the second murder occurs.

Tony Curtis is brutal in his brief stint as a mobster involved in this mayhem. While he looks much older and pale in this part, he delivers a good performance as a racketeer.


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