Perry's Smoking Havana
Many years earlier Della (Barbara Hale) use to baby-sit Tony (Vincent Baggetta) and is over the moon when he not only pays her a visit but tells her that he has remarried to a lovely woman called Suzanne (Ann Jillian). What Tony doesn't know is that Suzanne use to be a madam at a certain type of house and whilst Tony was out visiting Della she had allowed four men to use her home to discuss a secret but lucrative business deal, a discussion she had recorded with surveillance equipment as she had agreed to sell the information to another man. But when Suzanne decides to hold out for more money she ends up murdered and Tony is set up for the murder. Fortunately Perry (Raymond Burr) agrees to take the case and with the help of Paul (William Katt) starts investigating.
I don't know what it is but the Perry Mason movies which featured William Katt were never my favourites. It is nothing to do with Katt himself, although I always preferred William R. Moses in the detective role, but these 80s Perry Mason movies never quite had the same class as the 90s ones. Maybe it is just an 80s thing as these are understandable very 80s in look and style with much of it now being dated. As such I have to say that "Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam" is not one of my favourite Perry Mason movies.
In truth "Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam" feels pretty routine as we have Perry asking a lot of questions whilst Paul does the leg work and finds himself not only involved with a pretty woman or two but having to deal with a few chases and accidents. Beyond the fact you have Ann Jillian in the supporting role of the victim, have you noticed how many famous faces played murder victims in "Perry Mason" movies, there isn't really anything which stands out about this one as it all comes down to Perry making a revelation in court to get the real killer.
What this all boils down to is that "Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam" is just a routine 80s "Perry Mason" movie which is now understandably very dated in not juts look but also style. Despite this it is still entertaining, just not overly memorable.
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