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TVMovie #5: The Case of the
Sinister Spirit
Original Airdate: 05/24/87

Summary Edit

A horror author is murdered during a meeting that he has called with business associates at a "haunted hotel." Perry's friend is charged with the crime while Paul tracks down a ghost that is trying to scare away a witness, the hotel's assistant manager.

Credits Edit


Perry Mason

Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
Barbara Hale as Della Street
William Katt as Paul Drake, Jr.

Guest Stars
Robert Stack as Jordan White
Dwight Schultz as Andrew Lloyd
Kim Delaney as Susan Warrenfield
Dennis Lipscomb as Michael Light
Jack Bannon as Donald Sayer
Leigh Taylor-Young as Maura McGuire
Matthew Faison as David Hall
and David Ogden Stiers as (D.A.) Michael Reston

Music by Dick DeBenedictis
(Original Perry Mason Theme by Fred Steiner)

Director of Photography … Arch Bryant
Art Director … Paul Staheli
Editor … David Solomon
Supervising Producer … Joel Steiger
Produced by Barry Steinberg
Teleplay by Anne Collins
Story by Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger and Glenn Benest & Timothy Wurtz
Based upon characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Directed by Richard Lang


Executive Producers … Fred Silverman & Dean Hargrove
Associate Producer … Jeff Peters

Percy Rodrigues as Dr. Froman

Ed O'Brien as a police lieutenant
Burt Douglas as Rich the maintenance man
Richard Jury as the Judge
Michael K. Osborn as Atty. Harold Parsons
Kathryn Christopher

Uncredited Actor
Antonino Garcia Tony as Lawyer

Casting by Reuben Cannon & Associates C.S.A. & Carol Dudley
Unit Production Manager … Barry Steinberg
1st Assitant Director … Jim Weatherill
2nd Assitant Director … Bob Metoyer
Costumes by Ronn Rynhart
Women's Wardrobe … Judith Scheurwater
Make-Up … Dee Sandella & Patti Dallas
Hair Stylists … Judee Guilmette & Brenda Moen
Construction Coordinator … Dean Brown
Stunt Coordinator … Roy E. Harrison
Transportation Coordinator … Robert Benjamin
Set Decorator … Anne Sammons
Property Master … Susan (MacDonald-Peterson) MacDonald-Petersen
Production Sound Mixer … James Emerson
Gaffer … Brad Lipson
Key Grip … Fred Vickeral
Camera Operator … Dan McKinny
1st Camera Assitant … Douglas O'Kane
Script Supervisor … Jeff Glasser
Production Auditor … Norman Webster
Production Coordinator … Kathryn Cole
Production Secretary … Tina Bennett
Legal Advisor … Dennis Smith
Director of Post Production … Brad Blake
Main Title Design … Wayne Fitzgerald
Post Production Supervisor … William S. Kerr
Assistant Editor … Carter DeHaven IV
Production Executive … Donna Colabella
Sound Effects Editorial … Echo Film Services, Inc.
Supervising Sound Editor … Michael Graham
Re-Recording by Modern Sound
Re-Recording Sound Mixers … Chris Haire C.A.S & Doug Davey C.A.S & Jerry Clemans C.A.S
Music Supervisor … Ted Roberts
Music Editor … Stan Jones
© Copyright MCMLXXXVII Viacom Productions, Inc

Executive In Charge of Production … Mike Moder

Trivia Edit

To add to our Courthouse Collection: an establishing shot of the El Paso County Courthouse is used, which is the county in which the actual hotel used here (Broadmoor) is located. (So what-in-the-Hell is the same DA we saw in Denver - and New York !! - doing down there ??) Notcom 060622.

Many of the "practical jokes" - an exploding fireplace, a runaway shower - as well as the basic plot - unrepentant people invited to an isolated location - appeared in the movie The Legacy. Notcom 060622.

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