Perry Mason Specials

Specials

Perry Mason Specials

First Air Date: February 23, 1985

First Aired on    :   1985
Episodes    :   40 episodes



Episodes

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0x40 The Case of the Curious Bride (1935) (July 22, 2011)


The Case of the Curious Bride is a 1935 mystery film, the second in a series starring Warren William as Perry Mason. The story is based on the book written by Erle Stanley Gardner. Rhoda Montaine learns that her first husband, Gregory Moxley, is still alive, which makes things awkward for her, since she has remarried Carl, the son of wealthy C. Phillip Montaine. She turns to Perry Mason for help, but when he goes to see Moxley, he finds only his corpse. Rhoda is arrested for murder. Adapted as an episode (#5) in season 2 of the Raymond Burr led series.


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0x39 The Case of the Howling Dog (1934) (July 22, 2011)


The Case of the Howling Dog is a 1934 American mystery film directed by Alan Crosland. This was the first in a series of films in which William played Perry Mason. Arthur Cartwright, an anxious man, goes to Perry Mason to have his neighbor arrested for his vindictive and noisy dog. He is under the belief that his howling is an indication that somebody has been murdered in the neighborhood. He demands that his will be written bequeathing the estate to the lady living at the neighbor's house. However, the will is mysteriously altered by an unknown person and Cartwright goes missing, along with the lady. It is up to Mason to investigate. Adapted as an episode (#23) in season 2 of the Raymond Burr led series.


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0x38 Perry Mason Talent Tests (January 01, 0001)



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0x37 Interview with Barbara Hale (January 01, 0001)



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0x36 Interview with Arthur Marks (January 01, 0001)



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0x35 Interview with Anne Nelson (January 01, 0001)



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0x34 Raymond Burr on Person to Person (January 01, 0001)



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0x33 The Cast Plays Stump the Stars (January 01, 0001)



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0x32 The Case of Erle Stanley Gardner Featurette (January 01, 0001)



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0x31 Charlie Rose Interviews Raymond Burr (January 01, 0001)



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0x30 The Case of the Jealous Jokester (April 10, 1995)


Bill McKenzie's niece works as a production assistant for controversial television personality Josie Joplin, who publicly accuses her of having an affair with her husband. One night McKenzie's niece receives a message which she believes is from Josie to go to her hotel room, when she gets there someone knocks her out and when she wakes up, Josie is dead and she's the number one suspect, so McKenzie defends her.


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0x29 The Case of the Grimacing Governor (November 09, 1994)


Perry's secretary Della and private investigator/lawyer Ken go to visit an old friend, rancher and famous lawyer, "Wild" Bill McKenzie. Meanwhile Governor Harlan Richards is murdered and his daughter, Karen, thinks that Harlan's replacement Ryan Allison has something to do with her father death. But Ryan has had suspicions about the death and thinks that it involves somebody that is close to him. He calls Karen but when she gets there Ryan is dead and Karen framed for the crime. Bill, as a friend of the Richards family, starts to investigate and Ken and Della is only too willing to help. This was made after Raymond Burr sadly passed away...


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0x28 The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle (May 10, 1994)


When Perry is unable to deliver a speech at a conference he calls Bill McKenzie to offer him a hotel etc in exchange for delivering the work. Also at the hotel is filming for the newest episode of 'lifestyles of the rich and famous' hosted by Adrian Lye. One of Lye's guests, and Bill's friend, Daniel Kingman (a famous chess player) is at the hotel and is being blackmailed by Lye. When he goes to Lye's room a fight ensues after which Lye is found poisoned to death. Bill defends Kingman while Ken Malansky goes after the 'waiter' seen delivering the poisoned drink to Lye's suite, assuming the drink was poisoned before delivery and not by Kingman.


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0x27 The Case of the Wicked Wives (December 17, 1993)


Anthony Caruso, an old friend of Perry Mason, comes to Denver on the request of Dee Morrison. She's married to famed photographer David Morrison, who wants to shoot a photo featuring his former models. The tricky thing is that all of his former models are also his former wives. But Dee knows Anthony can convince them to do it which he does. And David shoots them. Later Dee catches David it what appears to be in an inappropriate situation with his assistant. They have an argument and she leaves. Later David is found dead and she's arrested and Anthony defends her. And he suspects it could have been one of the wives.


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0x26 The Case of the Killer Kiss (February 23, 1993)


On the set of a popular daytime soap opera 'Mile High', actress Kris Buckner is being forced off by co-star Mark Stratton. When she says that she'll 'kill him before she leaves the show', she makes herself the prime suspect when Stratton is murdered by someone poisoning him. As an old friend, Perry Mason comes to the help of Kris and agrees to defend her. Meanwhile Ken goes in search of information with the help of fan of the show.


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0x25 The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host (February 23, 1993)


Dr Sheila Carlin is good friends with Della who calls Perry in when she is being pestered by someone. On the theory that it could be somebody that she works with at a radio stations she arranges Perry to be interviewed by Winslow Keene who is also the station's owner. Winslow enrages the rest of the talk show hosts on the station by informing them of changes that he is making to their time slots. That night, Winslow is shot by a hit man hired by someone at the station and Sheila is set up for the murder. She calls in Perry and as usual Perry, Della and Ken swing into action to find out who really did it...


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0x24 The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal (February 23, 1993)


The owner of a cosmetics company is unveiling a new cream which she claims she's been using. She's been keeping her age a secret and now reveals that she's 60 and owes her appearance to the cream. She's later killed and the formula missing. Her husband is arrested and Perry defends him.


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0x23 The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (February 23, 1992)


Perry Mason is invited to the marriage of the daughter of an old friend of his. But after the ceremony the uncle of the bride is dead. Certainly this is a case for Perry Mason.


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0x22 The Case of the Reckless Romeo (May 05, 1992)


Sleazy talk show host Ted Mayne writes a tell-all book, which enrages and embarrasses several very prominent women. One of them, actress Roxanne Shield, loses her composure during an interview and winds up making a televised death threat. Of course, when Ted is murdered, she is arrested. Witnesses claim they saw Roxanne outside his apartment that night and police later find the murder weapon in her car. Renowned defense attorney Perry Mason accepts the challenge of defending her in court.


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0x21 The Case of the Fatal Framing (March 01, 1992)


A painter fakes his death in order to gain some additional money because his works would reevaluate with his death. But unfortunately he is being killed a few hours after having "returned to life".


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0x20 The Case of the Fatal Fashion (February 23, 1991)


Dyan Draper, an editor of a well known fashion magazine, is infamous for writing columns that destroy other people's career. She also drives her employees to near madness with her orders and therefore isn't well liked. Lauren Jeffreys, the editor of another magazine, meets up with Dyan in an attempt to get Dyan not to write about her in her next column but to no avail. Lauren tries again at Dyan's place but the next time we see Dyan she is dead on the floor. Lauren is the prime suspect but she is a friend of Perry's and Della and so Perry's take the defense. Lauren had a child when she was 16 and the child grew up to be Julia Collier, Dyan's private assistant, and Lauren and Julia try to get back together. Meanwhile, Ken comes up against Albert Nardone, infamous crime mobster and little known fashion designer as Nardone's nephew gets killed by Dyan's killer and unwillingly has one of Nardone hoods 'assist' him in trying to find the killer...


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0x19 The Case of the Glass Coffin (February 23, 1991)


David Katz is a world famous magician and he comes to Denver with his group to perform for a charity gala for disabled children. Also there is Perry and Della as all three are supporters of the charity. Kate Ford, an assistant with an arrogant attitude, tells David that she is, from now on, going to do an illusion in which an assistant is raised in a glass coffin only to disappear when the coffin is opened up in the air (while the assistant climbs out before the coffin is raised.) After a one night stand with David, Kate is pregnant and she blackmails David with this. David and his wife Judy can't have children so that comes as a double blow to them. However Kate, with her attitude, creates much hatred at her from the rest of the group. At the gala, the glass coffin is raised but when it opens Kate's dead body falls to the ground - strangled. While Perry and Della set out to try to find the killer...


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0x18 The Case of the Maligned Mobster (February 23, 1991)


A gangster who has committed all kinds of crimes is accused to have killed his wife. As he was not the murderer in this case Perry Mason intents to find the killer...


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0x17 The Case of the Ruthless Reporter (January 06, 1991)


Perry is at TV station "KGGY" to be interviewed but thanks to the interference of main anchor-person Brett Huston the interview is pulled. Mostly everybody hates Brett as Brett knows all the station workers secrets. He has also written a memo insulting all of the main station players - Vic St. John - the station manager, Twyla Cooper - the producer, Chuck Gilmore - the sports reporter, Gary Slate - the weatherman, Cassie Woodfield - the reporter and Gillian Pope. Brett is shot dead with Gillian's gun and therefore is arrested for the crime. Gillian calls in Perry, Della and Ken to investigate. As Della and Perry set out to solve the mystery, Ken gets close to Cassie but she is a suspect and when it appears that somebody is trying to kill her, the mystery deepens...


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0x16 The Case of the Defiant Daughter (February 23, 1990)


Richard Stuart is a very wealthy man, thanks to his methods of 'assisting' certain people to advance in their careers. Richard however is blackmailing all of his clients and invites them every now and then to a poker game in Las Vegas. The game in reality is when Richard gets his money from his clients. David Benson's brother was killed thanks to one of Richard's schemes and, during one of the 'poker' parties David bursts in with a gun and attempts to shoot Richard but is overpowered and thrown out. Later on that night, Richard is shot with David's gun and David is arrested for the crime. David's young daughter Melanie had followed her father to Las Vegas and when David is arrested runs to Perry who is in town for a boxing match with Ken. Perry knows of Richard's methods and as he wants to know the truth sets out with Della and Ken to solve the mystery but Melanie wants to help too and gets herself in major trouble with one of the suspects...


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0x15 The Case of the Silenced Singer (May 20, 1990)


Perry Mason defends the husband of a famous rock singer who was found being killed after having had a tremendous discussion with her husband and her manager.


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0x14 The Case of the Desperate Deception (February 23, 1990)


American marine, David Berman, manages to get himself transferred to Paris in order to search for a hidden Nazi, Krugman that had killed his grandparents and crippled his mother. He managed to find a witness but just after she talks to David, she is run over and killed. That night, he is kidnapped by a shadowy organization and told that Krugman is hiding under a new identity of Felix Altmann. David goes to a health spa and meets Altmann but Altmann is shot and David framed for the crime. As a old friend of the family Perry and Ken goes to France to help out but now Perry must not only free David he must find out secrets that have been kept hidden for over 45 years, secrets that certain people are still certainly willing to kill for...


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0x13 The Case of the Poisoned Pen (January 21, 1990)


Bradley Thompson, a famous crime writer, is in town to collect an award for his latest book. However he is a fraud. Bradley takes information, book plots and sometimes the entire book from other people and gets them published under his own name and enjoys the credit when they become bestsellers. However most of his victims have become famous writers in their own right but Bradley, collecting his award, succeeds in rubbing all of them up the wrong way, including Perry's secretary Della and his detective/assistant lawyer, Ken. During the party after the award, Bradley is poisoned and his ex-wife framed for the crime. She calls in Perry, Della and Ken to investigate...


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0x12 The Case of the All-Star Assassin (November 19, 1989)


Thatcher Horton is owner of a Denver sports arena and a couple of sports teams. Bobby Spencer a friend of Ken was one of his hockey players. It seems that Horton verbally promised him that he would take care of him if he gets injured, which happened. Now it seems that Horton is reneging and he has asked Ken to represent him in his suit against Horton. Bobby threatened Horton and not long after that Horton was killed and the murder weapon was found in Bobby's possession. So Perry comes to help defend Bobby. It seems that Horton was not liked by other people including his wife and son, and it also seems that the killer was a professional assassin, so did one of them hire him?


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0x11 The Case of the Musical Murder (April 09, 1989)


Perry has been in hospital for a knee operation but, while recovering, he sees Johnny out of the window. Johnny was a ex-stage manager for a musical called Polly in which while the star, film star, Amanda Cody, is scoring a big success, it's director Tony Franken is a right monster and after tearing through the cast and crew fires Johnny after Johnny stands up for himself. That night, Tony gets a phone call, goes down to the theatre and is shot. The police arrest Johnny and when Perry comes forward with the alibi Amanda begs Perry to represent Johnny. While Perry and Della investigate the murder, Ken and his fiancee Amy investigate the theatre's security guard Parker Newton, a huge man who got a very nasty temper but has the key to solving the murder...


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0x10 The Case of the Lethal Lesson (February 23, 1989)


Ken Malansky is a law student attending a class being taught by Perry Mason. When a friend tells him that his girlfriend was assaulted by a fellow student, Ken rushes to the university's mock courtroom to confront him and finds him dead. The murder weapon was Ken's own knife. Perry is reluctant to take on his case, especially since the victim was the son of a close friend.


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0x09 The Case of the Lady in the Lake (February 23, 1988)


A tennis player is accused to having killed his wife, a rich heiress. The facts are against him as he was seen in the arms of his former girlfriend in the night before the assassination. This is a case for Perry Mason.


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0x08 The Case of the Avenging Ace (February 23, 1988)


Air Force Lt. Col. Kevin Parks was arrested and convicted for a murder of a woman and is trying to appeal for the second time when one of the first appeal lawyers, Perry, finds a new witness for the defense. The witness is threatened and then murdered to stop him giving his evidence and Perry, Della and Paul started to investigate. The main victim was very popular with the Airmen and was employed by a real estate company that was conducting a deal with the Base over a plot of land and this causes the amount of suspects and motives to rise. Paul tries to find the witness's killer and he and Capt. O'Malley are a threat to it's future...


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0x07 The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel (November 15, 1987)


Perry is suing a gutter trash newspaper that is running a story about a love affair between him and Della. The editor also has "dirt" files on an Army General, his banker and other "clients". All of them make little-concealed verbal threats to him at a party but the person that hated him most is a female reporter who the editor had just fired from the paper for attempting to write a serious story. She threatens him and soon after the editor is found, floating in his pool, shot. The reporter is arrested for the crime and Perry, who has a personal stake in this matter, with the aid of Della and Paul set out to solve the mystery. But the other suspects just want the case over with and will go to any lengths to protect their pasts and their secrets...


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0x06 The Case of the Murdered Madam (February 23, 1987)


Della meets up with an old friend, a child that she used to baby-sit and she and Perry are invited to meet the friend's new wife, Suzanne. Meanwhile, Suzanne rents out her house to four gentlemen who are having a meeting about a plan that could get them all rich - little realizing that Suzanne is taping the whole conversation. Suzanne holds out for more money from her "client" before giving up the tape and is found murdered and the tape gone. As Perry, Della and Paul start to help the friend (who discovered the body and hence the prime suspect.) they discover that Suzanne used to be a Madam of a "certain kind of house", that the four "meeting" takes great pains to cover up their business and that Suzanne's past may have caught up with her...


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0x05 The Case of the Sinister Spirit (February 23, 1987)


Jordan White, a publisher friend of Perry, is called to a hotel where a guest, famous horror writer David Hall, has cleared out the hotel for a weekend and has called his "friends" - an actress, a fortune-teller, David's private assistant and the two remaining staff at the hotel to discuss business. They have come to the hotel as all of them are going to sue David over his new book - "The Resort" which characters are obviously based on Jordan and the guests. A practical joker, David plays tricks on them until he is thrown from the high tower of the hotel where Susan Warrenfield, the manager and owner of the hotel sees the fall and then Jordan at the tower causing the police to arrest Jordan. While Perry and Della try to solve the main mystery, Paul tries to find out who is trying to scare Susan away from the hotel. Could it really be a ghost or a more earthy visitor?...


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0x04 The Case of the Lost Love (February 23, 1987)


An old flame of Mason's is one of those being considered to fill a vacated government position. Now, her husband's approached by a man who says he knows his wife's secret and that if this secret should ever get out, her appointment might not push through. So, he offers to sell the information he has to him. So, when he goes to him, he finds him dead, and he is arrested for the crime and placed on trial, and Perry's asked to defend him. And Perry also suspects that the dead was hired by one of his friend's friends to steal the evidence of her secret so that they could expose it and sabotage her appointment, and in all likelihood is the killer.


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0x03 The Case of the Shooting Star (November 09, 1986)


A comedian hatches a great joke: rig a fake killing live on TV. He takes a gun with blanks, and shoots his accomplice during a talk show. Happy that his joke has been successful, he walks away. His accomplice is really dead, however, and nearly a million viewers saw him pull the trigger.


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0x02 The Case of the Notorious Nun (February 23, 1986)


Super lawyer Perry Mason defends a nun accused of killing a priest who was investigating the misuse of church funds and with whom she may have been having a romantic entanglement.


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0x01 Perry Mason Returns (February 23, 1985)


Rich business man Mr Gordon has many enemies and a family that wouldn't miss him if he dropped dead. Someone hires a hitman to kill him and it is carried out in such a way to frame Gordon's secretary Della Street. When Della is accused of the murder, Perry mason resigns his position as judge to defend her and employs the son of his old colleague, Paul Drake, the act as private investigator on the case.




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