Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (1992)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Barbara Hale and Raymond Burr in Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (1992)

Blood on the Wedding Dress

Pop star Kaitlynn Parrish (Heather McAdam) is getting married, a major event with the press and her fans trying to get a glimpse and some gossip. Perry (Raymond Burr), a long time friend of Kaitlynn and her father Max (Ronny Cox), is at the wedding with Della (Barbara Hale) but things turn a bit awry when the groom's drunk uncle, Alonzo Hawkes (Beau Starr) crashes the wedding, angry at being kept away whilst holding an envelope claiming it will reveal all the dirt on Max. After being knocked out by a punch from a security guard, Alonzo is put in another room to sleep it off but later on is found murdered with Kaitlynn standing over him. With Perry being a family friend he sets about defending Kaitlynn and finding out who the real murderer is.

Those who remember the music of the 80s and in particular the pop videos of Madonna will smile when they watch the start of "Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride" as we meet pop star Kaitlynn Parrish whose music videos feature her singing on the top of an open top bus and singing in a sexy black bra. And to be honest the smiles continue to come as we see some of the famous faces such as Linda Blair and Ronny Cox who appear in this Perry Mason movie as to be honest these made for TV movies were just as much about the actors who cameo as the actual murder mystery.

Linda Blair in Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (1992)

As for that murder mystery; well we have a drunken man knocked unconscious sleeping it off in a locked room but as we see several people were seen outside the room whist there was a fan that sneaked in and whilst hiding in a closet had a view of it all. So what follows in "Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride" is Perry probing suspects as he tries to find motives and cracks in people's stories whilst of course Ken does the leg work and that means running after people, getting jumped on and also finding a woman who would like to jump him in a totally different way. In truth this side of "Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride" is purely formula driven but it is a formula which didn't need fixing and thanks to Burr, Moses and Hale these Perry Mason movies never grew boring despite the fact they were all incredibly similar.

What this all boils down to is that "Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride" is simply two things; firstly it is familiar with it running with the standard Perry Mason formula and secondly it is entertaining because it sticks with the successful Perry Mason formula.

Tags: TV Mystery Movie Crime Solvers, Perry Mason


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