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Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss (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', ... See full summary »

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Gerry Conway, Erle Stanley Gardner (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William R. Moses ... Ken Malansky
Stuart Damon ... Alex Straub
Linda Dano ... Sandra Drake
Genie Francis ... Kris Buckner
Richard Grove ... Jim Watson
Sean Kanan ... Mark Stratton
Christian Leblanc ... Sheriff (as Christian LeBlanc)
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... District Attorney Markham
James McEachin ... Lt Brock
Karen Moncrieff ... Mimi Hoyle
Richard Riehle ... Mort Aberdine
Arleen Sorkin ... Peg Ferman
Krista Tesreau Krista Tesreau ... Charlotte Grant
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Storyline

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. Written by bob the moo

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When this film was repeated on April 22, 1994 as an NBC Friday Mystery special, the final 15 minutes were chopped off (in the Eastern and Central time zones) for a special report on the death of former President Richard Nixon. First-time viewers never learned the killer's identity. See more »

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At the end of the film, the words 'DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF RAYMOND BURR 1917-1993' appear on the screen just as the end credits roll. See more »

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Follows The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937) See more »

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Farewell To One Classy Gent
1 June 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This final film of Raymond Burr finds Burr as Perry Mason defending a soap opera star, Genie Francis, who is accused of murdering her arrogant co-star who was having her character put into a coma and effectively out of the show. The kicker is that her contract would have prevented her from seeking work elsewhere. Of course the victim, Sean Kanan was doing these kinds of things any number of others are prime candidates as a potential killer.

The title Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss stems from how the victim died. Seems as though he was allergic to walnuts so a script calling for him to plant one on Genie Francis was given him and her lipstick given some walnut oil. Then his allergy medicine was spiked with enough to put him into anaphelaptic shock. Effective indeed.

The Case of the Killer Kiss follows the usual Mason formula, but the real story here is that the film was made at all. Knowing that the series rose and fell with him, Burr signed for the season knowing how ill he was, but also knowing that NBC would have to make the rest of the season quota somehow or pay Barbara Hale and William R. Moses in any event. Hence the 'Perry Mason' movies with Paul Sorvino and Hal Holbrook that followed.

A lot of the footage involving Burr was filmed with him seated or in rear projections or behind something he could lean on, all to disguise the pain he must have been enduring in making The Case of the Killer Kiss. But it was completed and gave Hale and Moses some additional work because of the contract.

I always thought that was one of the classiest things I'd ever read about anyone in show business. I wish that The Case of the Killer Kiss was as worthy of Raymond Burr as The Misfits was for Clark Gable or The Shootist for John Wayne. Still, I suppose just doing the character for which he was most known and loved for is in itself a great tribute.


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