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Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit (1987)

Perry's publisher friend Jordan White is called to a hotel that famous horror writer David Hall has cleared out for a weekend and called his "friends"--his private assistant, an actress, a ... See full summary »

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Richard Lang

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Anne Collins (teleplay), Dean Hargrove (story) | 4 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.
Robert Stack ... Jordan White
Dwight Schultz ... Andrew Lloyd
Kim Delaney ... Susan Warrenfield
Dennis Lipscomb ... Michael Light
Jack Bannon ... Donald Sayer
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Maura McGuire
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... David Hall
David Ogden Stiers ... D.A. Michael Reston
Percy Rodrigues ... Dr. Froman
Ed O'Brien Ed O'Brien
Burt Douglas Burt Douglas
Richard Jury Richard Jury
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Perry's publisher friend Jordan White is called to a hotel that famous horror writer David Hall has cleared out for a weekend and called his "friends"--his private assistant, an actress, a fortune-teller, and the two remaining hotel staffers, to discuss business. All of them want to sue David over his new book "The Resort," whose characters are obviously based on Jordan and the guests. Practical-joker David plays tricks on them until he's thrown from the hotel's high tower. Susan Warrenfield, owner and manager of the hotel, witnesses the fall and sees Jordan at the tower, and Jordan is arrested. While Perry and Della try to solve the main mystery, Paul tries to learn who's trying to scare Susan away from her hotel: a ghost, or a more earthly visitor? Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1987 (USA) See more »

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Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Percy Rodrigues's final filmed performance. See more »

Quotes

Jordan White: Somebody must've hired a private eye to tail me.
Perry Mason: David Hall?
Jordan White: I don't know why he would. He was at the top, right along with Stephen King, he wouldn't need money from blackmail.
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin (1991) See more »

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Sticks to formula for the majority to produce a film that will please fans of the Perry Mason films
6 February 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Jordan White is in the process of consulting his lawyer Perry Mason about the potential to sue writer David Hall over similarities to him in Hall's new book when he is called to visit Hall's mansion. When he arrives White finds he is just one of several guests but still there is no Hall. Each guest is given a copy of Hall's new book which apparently has characters very closely modelled on all of them and secrets in their pasts. That night each guest gets a sinister practical joke played on them and they confront White, full of threats and anger. At midnight that night White is called to the building's tower by Hall but just before he gets there someone seems to throw Hall off the building and the witnesses to the fall only see White in the tower. The police arrest White, who immediately turns to Perry Mason for defence and, while Perry starts the trial, Paul Drake investigates strange goings-on within the hotel.

It has been some time since I have watched a Perry Mason film simply because I have seen almost all of them. So when this one came onto television I moved quickly to take the chance to see one of the few I have yet to watch. Having seen so many of them I knew just what I was getting into and, aside from a ghostly element to Drake's thread, this pretty much sticks to the formula that made the series achieve an uninspiring if enjoyable standard. The set up to the mystery is slightly different and it does use the ghost element well to make the investigation side more interesting (Drake almost always teams up with a young woman and gets punched – at least this time it feels a bit different). The court case does the usual thing with some nice "objections" etc and the usual last minute revelations; it is never anything that special but it is on formula for the series and as such Perry Mason fans should enjoy it.

The cast are pretty good. Burr hardly sets the screen alight but I always liked him as Mason and he has a good presence in the court scenes. Hale has a small role but is comfortable with it while Katt does his usual stuff to introduce a bit of action into the story. Stack is solid enough but I cannot hear his voice without seeing him in his Airplane character – so that undermined the early scenes a bit for me. The support include Schultz, Delaney, Lipscomb and a few others turn in good performances, or at least good for this type of film.

Overall an enjoyable Perry Mason film that takes a slightly different tact but generally sticks closely to formula and will please fans as a result. Nothing too special or dramatic and will certainly not win over those viewers left cold by the series in other films but it is worth a look if you like this sort of thing.


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