A good defense lawyer is always in demand. When you are as good as Perry Mason (played by Raymond Burr) you can write your own ticket. He is like the Harlem Globetrotters of defense attourneys in that I cannot remember the last time he lost a case. Besides his steel trap of a mind, Mason can also rely on the help of his secretary Della Street (played by Barbara Hale) and attourney Ken Malansky (played by William R. Moses). In these six television movies, Mason travels to wherever the crime takes place and makes sure the innocent but accused person gets the best defense possible.
The Case of the Silenced Singer:
On the cusp of starting a big concert tour, singer Terri Knight (played by Vanessa Williams) is feeling the stress and takes it out on her manager/husband Jack Barnett (played by Tim Reid). During a big fight at their apartment she claws at her face and he slaps her. After she calms down she takes a nap sending Jack to retrieve her throat spray. When Jack returns Terri is in bed and he just lets her sleep.
Two police officers arrive at the apartment saying that they have been phoned about a fight happening in the apartment so are there to check things out. Jack admits they fought but it is over. The female officer insists on speaking to Terri and when she tries wake her up find her dead. After he is charged with the murder Jack calls on his former law professor, Perry Mason, to defend him. Once on the case Perry discovers that several people might have a reason to want Terri dead.
The Case of the Defiant Daughter:
David (played by John Posey) travels to Las Vegas, break in on a card game and points a gun at a man (played by Robert Culp) he believes drove his brother to suicide. When the man turns up dead having been shot by David’s gun, David is arrested for his murder. David’s young daughter Melanie (played by Jenny Lewis) finds Perry Mason, who is in town with Ken to watch a boxing match, and begs him to defend her father. Perry knows that the murdered man had less than scrupulous methods so he takes the case.