Diary of a Perfect Murder

Diary of a Perfect Murder
Type TV Movie
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 2hr
Genres Drama, Mystery
Keywords N/A
Status Completed
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Andy Griffith Actor Benjamin Matlock 1 1000001
Lori Lethin Actor Charlene Matlock 1 1000002
Steve Inwood Actor Steve Emerson 1 1000003
Kene Holliday Actor Tyler Hudson 1 1000004
Alice Hirson Actor Hazel 1 1000005
Lawrence Pressman Actor Nelson White 1 1000006
Jack Bannon Actor Paul Lockwood 1 1000007
Dennis Lipscomb Actor Les McCall 1 1000008
Robin Thomas Actor Burton Hawkins 1 1000009
Katherine Cannon Actor Linda Coolidge 1 1000010
James McEachin Actor Lieutenant Daniels 1 1000011
Billy Bush Actor Billy Ray Webber 1 1000012
Al Ruscio Actor Ernie Mazell 1 1000013
Nadya Starr Actor Mary Beth 1 1000014
Peter White Actor Harvey Ravenol 1 1000015
Richard Lineback Actor Banning 1 1000016
Erica Yohn Actor Mrs Harris 1 1000017
Darrell Zwerling Actor Dr Bill Farnsworth 1 1000018
Irene Aranga Actor Production Assistant 1 1000019
Robert Schlitt Actor Matt Pearce 1 1000020
Caroline Schlitt Actor Betty Pearce 1 1000021
Alan Haufrect Actor n/a 1 1000022
Richard Newton Actor n/a 1 1000023
Ted Sorel Actor n/a 1 1000024
Fred Marcell Actor n/a 1 1000025
James Christy Actor n/a 1 1000026
James Hardy Actor n/a 1 1000027
James Ingersoll Actor n/a 1 1000028
Robert Day Director n/a 2 2000001
Fred Silverman Executive Producer n/a 174 3000001
Dean Hargrove Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Joel Steiger Producer n/a 3 3000003
Robin Clark Producer n/a 3 3000004
Jeff Peters Associate Producer n/a 171 3000005
Dean Hargrove Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Edward Plante Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Robert Kimble Editor n/a 172 7000001
Edwin England Editor n/a 172 7000002
Richard DeBenedictis Music n/a 120781 8000001
Marty Price Set Decorator n/a 165 9000001
Ray Storey Art Director art direction 183 9000002
Richard Birney Production Executive n/a 118216 11000001
Pat Welch Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Judith Cory Hair hairstyles 120794 13000002
Del Armstrong Makeup n/a 353 13000003
Coye Vanover Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Synopsis
Andy Griffith's portrayal of Ben Matlock, a genial but wily good-old-boy, Harvard-bred lawyer from Georgia, was embraced by critics and enthusiastic audiences (based on high ratings for this film on its premiere) and convinced him to return to series television with the character beginning in the fall of 1986. In the pilot, he had his associate, daughter Charlene Matlock (played in the film by Lori Lethin and in the subsequent series by Linda Purl) defend a top TV journalist accused of bumping off his ex-wife, an Atlanta television anchorwoman. Kene Holliday is Matlock's private investigator here and in the series that followed.<P>Hailed as one of the best TV lawyer shows this side of Perry Mason, it probably is not coincidental that the executive producers of the well-received Perry Mason reunion movies of the '80s, Fred Silverman and Dean Hargrove, have similar roles in this productions. Although the pilot film was shot primarily on location in Atlanta, the subsequent series called "Matlock" (the initial title for this movie) was to be done entirely in Los Angeles.
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