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Perry Mason Double Feature 4 (The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel / The Case of the Avenging Ace)

Perry Mason Double Feature 5 (The Case of the Lady in the Lake / The Case of the Lethal Lesson)

Perry Mason Double Feature 6 (The Case of the Musical Murder / The Case of the All-Star Assassin)

 

Perry Mason Double Features

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 10/5/14

Most people love a good mystery. If you have any doubt, you just have to look at the TV line-up. Most cop shows, lawyer shows, and even medical shows are all mysteries. That covers most of the TV line-up out there.

The old show "Perry Mason" was always a great mystery. Instead of a cop, it was lawyer Perry (Raymond Burr) and his team who uncovered the truth while trying to defend their client. Because TV was in its infancy, they followed a certain formula so that Perry almost always figured out the real killer and then made the bad guy confess while on the stand (which is not very realistic, but it was accepted on TV back then).

Later on, Burr returned in a series of Perry Mason movies. These were even better than the original series because of two reasons. 1) They were more modern and more like real wife; and 2) the writers had 2 hours to craft their stories, instead of just one. The formula worked even better in the movies, I think, than the original show.  These DVD's have two movies each from 1988 and 1989.

Perry and his loyal secretary, Della, were in both the show and the movies. Instead of his investigator Paul Drake, he had Paul Drake's son (played by William Katt, who is actually the song of Barbara Hale - Della!).  I loved William Katt in these movies.  David Ogden Stiers (of "Mash") played the opposing detective. As time went on, Katt and Stiers left for other projects. Katt was replaced by William R. Moses (most known for "Falcon Crest") as young lawyer Ken and his girlfriend Amy (Alexandra Paul of "Baywatch" and "Melrose Place").  The stories were still good, and Perry and Della were still fun to watch, although it's sad to see them get older and Perry's health failing (as Burr's did).

These collections are great to have, and I really enjoyed them. They show lots of actors I loved back then as well as some that were just starting out: Brian Keith, Robert Guillaume, Erin Gray, Patty Duke, Shari Belafonte, Pernell Roberts, Debbie Reynolds, Jerry Orbach, David Hasselhoff and Bruce Greenwood (these last two looking very young and handsome!).  I'd forgotten just how incredibly gorgeous Hasselhoff was back then. I was a huge "Knight Rider" fan and not because it was a great show.  Looking at his old face, he really reminds me a lot of Jensen Ackles (Dean on "Supernatural"), which I'd never noticed before.

Anyway, if you like mysteries, check it out! There are no extras or features, unfortunately.

MORE INFORMATION:

America’s favorite courtroom drama returns when Perry Mason Movie Collection Double Features Four, Five and Six arrive on DVD.  Raymond Burr stars on the titular role as the famed defense attorney who passionately fights for justice. With the help of his team, Perry takes on blackmail, murder and more. The collections continue with these single-disc double feature releases of digitally enhanced versions of Perry Mason made-for-TV movies such as:
 

 

·      Double Feature Four

    The Case of The Scandalous Scoundrel

    The Case Of The Avenging Ace

·       Double Feature Five

    The Case Of The Lady in the Lake

    The Case Of The Lethal Lesson

·       Double Feature Six

     The Case Of The Musical Murdero   

     The Case Of The All-Star Assassin

DVD Basics:

 

  • Street Date: September 9, 2014
  • Price: $16.99 (each)
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 191 minutes (Four), 190 minutes (Five) and 189 minutes (Six)

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Page updated 10/15/14

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