PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE SKIN-DEEP SCANDEL (TV movie)

2/19/1993. NBC. Friday, 8 pm. 2 hours.
Drama.
Code: PMSS 2/1993

PLOT

Cosmetics queen Alana is killed; the suspects are many.

CREDITS

Writer: Robert Schlitt.
Director: Christian I. Nyby II.

CAST

Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
Barbara Hale as Della Street
William R. Moses as Ken Malansky
Morgan Fairchild as Alana Westbrook
Tippi Hedron as Beverly Courtney
Polly Bergen as Barbara Fox
David Warner as Harley Griswold
Jonathan Banks as Dr. William Shell, chemist. Listed 9th of 30.

BAD GUY

Shell is the murderer.

CHARACTER

Quiet, controlled. Desperate for his life's work not to be taken from him. 'European' accent. Loved Alana; begs her to give him his formula.

COSTUME

Lab coat and suits. A cute touch is edelweiss on his tie in final courtroom scenes-- he's Swiss.

CRITICS

"Dependable... evidence is withheld, characters are props... formula that invariably works." Variety, 2/19/1993.

LINES

"You don't know what love is, but I do."

"I would have done anything for her, anything."

"Mr. Mason. Yes, I did. I killed her." (Writing is less than inspired.)

LOCATION

Filmed in Denver.

SCREEN TIME

About 13 minutes in 12 scenes, not counting anonymous murder scenes.

WORKED WITH

Raymond Burr (PMLL 2/1987)
Barbara Hale (PMLL 2/1987)