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A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle (1994)

Bill McKenzie is a retired lawyer who prefers to spend time working on his ranch. But he occasionally takes on a case wherein the defendant is wrongfully convicted or falsely accused, and ... See full summary »

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Helaine Head

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Bruce Franklin Singer (teleplay), Joyce Burditt (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Holbrook ... William McKenzie
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William R. Moses ... Ken Malansky
Dixie Carter ... Louise Archer
Diahann Carroll ... Lydia Bishop
James Stephens ... Daniel Kingman
Molly Hagan ... Laurel Crown
James McEachin ... Lt Brock (as James Mc Eachin)
Derek de Lint ... Dr. Estes (as Derek De Lint)
John Rubinstein ... District Attorney
Tristan Rogers ... Duke Albert
J.A. Preston ... Man
Barry Sattels Barry Sattels ... John Martine
Michael Ensign
Julio Oscar Mechoso
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Bill McKenzie is a retired lawyer who prefers to spend time working on his ranch. But he occasionally takes on a case wherein the defendant is wrongfully convicted or falsely accused, and he's a friend of Perry Mason. Mason asks him to fill in for him at some thing wherein he is suppose to give a speech. At the thing are some important people including a chess master whom McKenzie knows. Also, there is a sleazy interviewer who is forcing the chess player to be on his show when he refused, and when the interviewer is found dead, the chess player is arrested, and McKenzie defends him. Della Street and Ken Malansky offer their assistance, and McKenzie tries to find out who had motive to kill the man. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA

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1.33 : 1
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McKenzie (Hal Holbrook) refers to Louise Archer (Dixie Carter) as "a fine-looking, intelligent woman". Holbrook and Carter were married for almost 26 years. See more »

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Wild Bill McKenzie
15 February 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For whatever reason Paul Sorvino did not due another TV film after the one immediately after the death of Raymond Burr. This Perry Mason story and the subsequent and final two were done by Hal Holbrook a Mason legal colleague Wild Bill McKenzie.

McKenzie has reached that enviable point in life where he only works when he feels like it and believes in a client's innocene. Such a belief he has in the innocence of James Stephens who is accused of killing Robin Leach famous in the 90s as the host of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

Of course we kind of hope the real Leach was nothing like this guy, a TV talk show host who gets dirt on celebrities and blackmails them. Stephens is an internationally known chessmaster and is tired of paying Leach off. He has an altercation with Leach, but leaves him alive. Nevertheless police lieutenant James McEachin arrests him.

Assisting as they did Raymond Burr are Barbara Hale and William R. Moses. As usual Moses might be a lawyer, but his job ain't in the law library looking up cases. Moses and William Katt before him get into criminal investigation and had a lot more action that William Hopper ever did in the old series.

In the cast as one of the suspects is Dixie Carter also Mrs. Hal Holbrook in real life.

Too bad Holbrook's Wild Bill McKenzie came in on a Perry Mason pass. He might have developed into a regular series character if he was introduced with his own series.


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