Picks and Pans Review: Perry Mason: the Case of the Notorious Nun

updated 05/26/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Sun., May 25, 9 p.m. ET)


When the last return of Perry Mason was on in December, I tried watching. But I kept falling asleep. I thought it was because I was tired. But now, looking at the latest sequel, I realize the real reason—Perry puts me to sleep. And here's why: At the beginning of the movie you learn everything there is to know about the Great Lawyer's case—whodunwhat, when, where and how. The story is organized like a newspaper article, not a mystery. You meet the good guy, Timothy Bottoms as an accountant-priest who's uncloaking financial scandals in the church. You meet Michele (Bay City Blues) Greene as the pretty nun who worships Bottoms. You see a bad guy masquerading as a priest murder Bottoms and frame Greene. Then you see that giant oak of a man, Raymond Burr, lumbering to the rescue. Two tedious hours later, you hear all of this rehashed in court. And you already know that Perry's going to win.

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