PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE LOST LOVE (TV movie)

2/23/1987. Monday, 9 pm. 2 hours.
NBC.
Drama.
Code: PMLL 2/1987

PLOT

Mason is asked by his former lover to defend her husband against murder charges that could destroy both their careers.

CREDITS

Writer: Anne Collins.
Director: Ron Satlof.

CAST

Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
Barbara Hale as Della Street
William Katt as Paul Drake, Jr.
Jean Simmons as Laura Kilgallen
Gene Barry as Glen Kilgallen
Robert Mandan as Dr. Emmet Michaels
Robert Walden as Robert Lane
Gordon Jump as Arthur Wellman
David Ogden Stiers as District Attorney Micahel Reston
Robert F. Lyons as Peter Dickson
Jonathan Banks as Luke Dickson, a private investigator. Listed 11th of 21.

BAD GUY

Dickson is a blackmailer. JB gives him a nervous smiling villain treatment.

CHARACTER

Mostly nervous, with some mean touches. Nervous laughter and smiles. Checks out blonde when he leaves bar. Wipes hands, rubs palms together. Big relieved breath when he hears that the money is coming. Might have expensive tastes, he has a large fancy gold nugget-type ring, left ring finger

CRITICS

"… the fourth—and brightest—in a recent series of Mason movies… toss in the usual red herrings, round up the usual suspects and then ram home the formulaic denouement…" Chicago Tribune, 2/23/1987.

"… a clinical study in plodding exposition." John J. O’Connor, New York Times, 2/23/1987, sec.C, p.17.

"…irrelevant and immaterial but pretty entertainingly so. …The murdered man is played with consummate sleaziness by Jonathan Banks…" Tom Shales, Washington Post, 2/23/1987, Style, p.D3.

DEATH SCENE

Killed by blow to right temple.

LINES

"Most people are very old-fashioned about the mental stability of their representatives." (After delivering threat) "You have a good day!"

LOCATION

Filmed in Denver.

SCREEN TIME

4 1/2 minutes, in 5 scenes, at start of film. (1,3,4: phone calls; 5: body on floor.)

WORKED WITH

Raymond Burr (PMSS 2/1993)
Barbara Hale (PMSS 2/1993)
Robert Walden (LGS 2/1979; LG 11/1979; LGR 1/1981)