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Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star (1986)

An actor rigs a fake on-air shooting with the connivance of his friend, the show's host, but the practical joke goes horribly wrong when the gun, which he'd loaded with blanks, turns out to contain a live round.

Director:

Ron Satlof

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Anne Collins (teleplay) (as Anne C. Collins), Dean Hargrove (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Katt ... Paul Drake Jr.
Joe Penny ... Robert McCay
Ron Glass ... Eric Brenner
Alan Thicke ... Steve Carr
Ivan Dixon ... Judge
Wendy Crewson ... Michelle Benti
David Ogden Stiers ... D.A. Michael Reston
Jennifer O'Neill ... Alison Carr
Ross Petty Ross Petty ... Peter Towne
Mary Kane Mary Kane ... Kate Huntley
Lisa Howard ... Sharon Loring
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Ray Anderson
Lee Wilkof ... Mr. Freeman
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Storyline

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. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer O'Neill, who played the lead role of Alison Carr in this episode, was also a lead player in a television series called Cover Up (1984) two years earlier. That show ended soon after the show's male lead, Jon-Erik Hexum, accidentally shot and killed himself with a prop gun on set. See more »

Goofs

If someone else had exchanged the blank for a live round, the state would drop the homicide charge against the defendant in favor of a reduced charge of manslaughter, due to pointing a firearm at another and failing to verify a blank round was loaded. See more »

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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake (1988) See more »

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Did The Penny Drop Thicke?
4 February 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

When movie star Joe Penny stalks onto the stage of talk-show host Alan Thicke and, in front of forty million people, shoots him dead, can even Perry Mason make the real killer confess on the stand? We all know, of course, that Penny didn't do it, since he hired Perry Mason.

Unhappily, this entry in the TV movie series starring Raymond Burr is not a topnotch one. Despite the many familiar faces in the cast, the comedy-danger routines by William Katt as Mason's investigator are weak, the clues that reveal the killer are revealed just before the denouement, and Toronto standing in for New York by placing a lopsided green street sign on a corner is very unconvincing.

Those issues aside, it's always a pleasure to see Raymond Burr in his signature role.


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