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TVMovie #10: The Case of the
Lethal Lesson
Original Airdate: 5/12/89

Summary Edit

McClaren School of Law student Ken Malansky is in a recently rocky relationship with Kimberly McDonald. Frank Wellman Jr. also has romantic feelings for Kim, and now all three of them are together in a class taught by Perry Mason.

Kim's roommate, Donna Lehman seems to like the drama when she tells Ken that Frank has assaulted Kim which then results with Ken rushing off for a confrontation. In a darkened room it is discovered that Ken is together with Frank... dead.

In spite of the victim being the son of Perry's friend Frank Wellman, Sr., Mason agrees to defend the accused student.

Credits Edit


Perry Mason

Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
Barbara Hale as Della Street

Also Starring
Alexandra Paul as Amy Hastings, Ken's fiancι
and William R. Moses as Ken Malansky

Special Guest Star
Brian Keith as Frank Wellman, Sr.

Guest Stars
Leslie Ackerman as Miss Donna Lehman, Kim's roommate, who had dalliance with Frank, Jr.
Richard Allen as Jeff, law student, Moot Court Judge
Brian Backer as Eugene, courtroom video technician
John DeMita as Scott McDonald, Kim's twin brother
Karen Kopins as Kimberly McDonald, Ken's girlfriend
John LaMotta as Bartender Al at the Broadway Bar & Grill
Charley Lang as Travis Charles Howe, Ken's roommate
John Allen Nelson as Frank Wellman Jr., decedent
Mark Rolston as Vic Hatton, video tape pirate
Raye Birk as Sam Morgan, school's security guard
Marlene Warfield as Prosecutor, (D.A.) Marilyn Anson

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

Editor … David Solomon
Art Director … Paul Staheli
Director of Photography … Arch Bryant
Executive Supervising Producer … Joel Steiger
Supervising Producer … Robert Hamilton
Produced by Peter Katz
Teleplay by Robert Hamilton
Story by Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
Based upon characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Directed by Christian I. Nyby, II


Executive Producers … Dean Hargrove & Fred Silverman
Co-Producer … David Solomon

Kathryn Christopher as Judge Patricia Hoffman
Albert Valdez as Paul Roberti, law student

Uncredited Actors
Joseph Abramo as Bailiff
Laurence Kirchmar as Student
Antonino Garcia Tony as Lawyer

Casting by Reuben Cannon & Associates & Carol Dudley, C.S.A.
Unit Production Manager … Billy Ray Smith
1st Assitant Director … Gary Grillo
2nd Assitant Director … Gail Fortmuller
Costume Designer by Ronn Rynhart
Women's Costumer by Sharon T. Brunn
Men's Costumer by Kelly A. King
Make-Up … Dee Sandella & Patti Dallas
Hair Stylists … Judee Guilmette & Roseann Bigelow
Production Sound Mixer … James Emerson
Gaffer … Brad Lipson
Key Grip … Jerry Jencks
1st Camera Assitant … Douglas O'Kane
Script Supervisor … Jeff Glasser
Construction Coordinator … Randy Holland
Stunt Coordinator … Gary Jensen
Transportation Coordinator … Gil Talamantes
Set Decorator … Charlie Helms
Property Master … Jeff Petersen
Production Consultant … Robert Benevides & RB Productions
Production Accountant … Debbie Nodella
Production Coordinator … Andrea Korkut
Location Manager … Karen Beard
Production Executive … Donna Colabella
Post-Production Supervisor … Hal Harrison
Assistant Editor … Leslie Sackheim
Main Title Design … Wayne Fitzgerald
Legal Advisor … Dennis Smith
Sound Effects … Horta Editorial
Supervising Sound Editor … Sam Horta
Re-Recording by Lorimar Studios
Re-Recording Sound Mixers … Gregory H. Watkins C.A.S & Leonard Peterson C.A.S. & Jory Beckert
Music Supervision … Do Re Me Music
Music Editor … Ted Roberts
© Copyright MCMLXXXIX Viacom Productions, Inc

Executive In Charge of Production … Mike Moder

Trivia Edit

This is the first appearance for William R. Moses (as 'Ken Malanski'), becoming a series regular. jfh 16Dec2022

This is the first episode without William Katt. 22Jun2023

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