Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel

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The last of the four Perry Mason movies telecast in 1987, The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel rounds up veterans Raymond Burr (as Mason) and Barbara Hale (as Della Street), with comparative newcomers William Katt (as Paul Drake Jr.) and David Ogden Stiers (as the "Hamilton Burger"-style prosecutor). The accused murderer in this outing is Susan Wilder, a reporter for a sleazy tabloid. The victim is the rag's hateful publisher, Robert Guillaume. Other suspects include Guillaume's ex-lover, and a banker who was ruined by the tabloid's half truths. Unlike most of the Perry Mason TV movies of the 1980s, The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel doesn't play fair with the audience; vital clues and character motivations are withheld from the viewer, robbing us of the pleasure of trying to second-guess the methodical Mr. Mason.

Cast

Raymond Burr
as Perry Mason
Susan Wilder
as Michelle
Barbara Hale
as Della Street
René Enríquez
as Oscar Ortega
George Grizzard
as Dr. Clayman
Wiley Harker
as Cyril Enright
Wings Hauser
as James Rivers
Dennis Hayden
as The Animal
William Katt
as Paul Drake Jr.
Yaphet Kotto
as General Sorenson
James McEachin
as Harry Forbes
Ben Slack
as Frank Peterson
David Ogden Stiers
as D.A. Michael Reston
Ed O'Brien
as Lt. Peter Donahue
Pam Ward
as Judge Eleanor Daniels
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