When former professional tennis player Billy Travis (David Hasselhoff) married troubled heiress Sara Wingate-Travis (Doran Clark) there were many who believed he did so because of the money. It is one of the reasons which come to the fore when Sara is presumed killed and Billy finds himself accused of the murder especially as not long before she died Billy was seen with a former girlfriend. Fortunately for Billy, Sara's father Walter (John Ireland) had introduced him to family friend Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) who with his usual team takes on his case.
That synopsis for "Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake" mentions that Sara is troubled, that trouble comes from as a child she and her twin sister were kidnapped resulting in her sister dying on a lake, the same lake involved in Sara's suspected murder, suspected as her body is never found. On top of that one of the deputies who shot the kidnapper back then now works for Walter as head of the family's mining operations. As such "Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake" certainly has a bit going on with this old murder and a new one which seems to mirror it plus we meet Billy's troubled brother. To put it simply the plot is nice and thick in this one for Perry, Della and Paul to get their teeth into.
Now for the most "Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake" is pretty routine, delivering that welcome familiarity of Perry weighing up various suspects when he chats with them whilst Paul does the leg work and gets into a few scrapes, chases and semi humorous situations. But whilst we have all the usual elements which includes famous faces such as David Hasselhoff, John Ireland and John Beck in supporting roles, we do have the plot which involves an old kidnapping. I won't go in to any detail as to how this plays out although alongside some courtroom revelations there are some entertaining twists, some more expected than others.
What this all boils down to is that "Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake" is an entertaining Perry Mason TV movie on par with many others and benefiting from a familiar cast. But for me whilst enjoyable and having a few twists and turns there isn't anything in this to make it stand out from the crowd, well other than the appearance of David Hasselhoff as the accused.
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