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Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception (1990)

Perry Mason must defend the son of an old friend who is accused of killing an ex-officer of the Nazi-SS.

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George Eckstein, Erle Stanley Gardner (characters creator)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William R. Moses ... Ken Malansky
Ian Bannen ... Otto Rosen
Ian McShane ... Andre Marchand
Yvette Mimieux ... Danielle Altmann
Terry O'Quinn ... Curt Mitchell
Marcy Walker Marcy Walker ... Marie Ramsey
Teresa Wright ... Helene Berman
Paul Freeman ... Carl Meyerhoff
Mickey Knox ... Col. Butler
Tim Ryan ... Capt. David Berman
Kim Thomson ... Cathy Bramwell
Brian Greene ... Ambassador Todd
Jeremy Hawk ... Felix Altmann
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American marine David Berman manages to get himself transferred to Paris 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 they talk, she is run over and killed. That night, he is kidnapped by a shadowy organization and told that Krugman is hiding under the 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 goes to France to help out, but now not only does that involve freeing David, but he must discover secrets that have been kept hidden for over 45 years and for which certain people are still more than willing to kill.. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perry Mason: The Case of the Paris Paradox See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Last film of Paul Maxwell. See more »

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Paul Maxwell's character is credited as Captain Calvelli despite being referred to as Colonel Calvelli throughout. See more »

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Follows Perry Mason (1957) See more »

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Perry Mason goes Nazi hunting
29 August 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

An all-star cast of former notables make up the faces in this Paris-set adventure for TV's most popular lawyer, Perry Mason. THE CASE OF THE DESPERATE DECEPTION sees Mason and his buddies travelling to France to take on the case of a young man who has been wrongfully accused of murdering a suspected former Nazi. Once there they uncover a sinister conspiracy of hidden identity and motive, while Mason prepares to defend his client in court.

I remember watching these latter-day Perry Masons when I was a kid and really enjoying them. They remain entertaining to this day, with fast-paced and involved story lines and plenty of characters at odds with each other. The use of the Nazi hunter theme and the setting make THE CASE OF THE DESPERATE DECEPTION stand out from others in the series, but really it's the cast that makes this work.

This TV film features a nice role for an aged Ian Bannen as a Nazi hunter and Paul Freeman as the ruthless fellow in his employ. Yvette Mimieux is the ageing wife of the murdered man and Ian McShane a delight as his colleague. British soap star Kim Thomson even has a minor part as a flame-haired beauty. On top of all these, Terry O'Quinn is an investigator. Raymond Burr remains the consummate professional, Barbara Hale cameos, and William R. Moses is involved in a brief romance and car chase. None of it is less than entertaining.


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