Paramount Home Media brings joy home to fans of Raymond Burr and his classic persona of Perry Mason on Mar. 26 with the DVD debut of six new feature-length courtroom mysteries/cases with the release of Perry Mason: Movie Collection Volume 5.
First on the courtroom docket is “The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host,” a 1993 gem featuring none other than Regis Philbin as Winslow Keene, the owner of a talk radio station — how ironic — who decides to shake things up a bit. Meanwhile, Dr. Sheila Carlin (played by Mariette Hartley), the host of one of the shows, has contacted her good friend Della (Barbara Hale) for help … someone seems to be stalking her.
Within hours of Keene announcing the changes, which please no one, he is murdered by a hitman and Dr. Carlin is framed for the killing. Game on! Perry not only has to track down the assassin, but figure which talk show host hired him!
Others in the cast include G. Gordon Liddy, Cristina Ferrare, Montel Williams and William R. Moses as Perry’s chief investigator, Ken Malansky.
“The Case of the Killer Kiss,” (also from 1993) takes us to the set of one of those daytime soap operas, where we find the writers — at the behest of her snooty co-star (Sean Kanan) — are busy writing Kris Buckner (Genie Francis) out of the show … and she’s none too happy about it!!!
Of course he ends up dead and she is charged with his murder. In Perry Mason’s last case — he died of cancer prior to the show airing — he has to figure out who framed Kris (who just happens to be Della’s goddaughter) for the murder and why.
With the sad departure of Raymond Burr (who was written out the series by being named to the U.S. Supreme Court), producers first tried Paul Sorvino as defense attorney Anthony Caruso in “The Case of the Wicked Wives” and then settle on Hal Holbrook as defense attorney Wild Bill McKenzie for the final three cases in this long-running and fan pleasing series. The cases are: “The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle,” “The Case of the Grimacing Governor” and “The Case of the Jealous Jokester.“