Matlock/Diary of a Perfect Murder

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Diary of a Perfect Murder
pilot movie
Airdate March 3, 1986
Written by Dean Hargrove
Directed by Robert Day
Produced by Joel Steiger,
Robin S. Clark

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Diary of a Perfect Murder is the pilot episode of Matlock.

Starring: Andy Griffith (Matlock), Lori Lethin (Charlene Matlock), Alice Hirson (Hazel)

and Kene Holliday (Tyler Hudson)

Guest Stars: Steve Inwood (Steve Emerson), Jack Bannon (Paul Lockwood), James McEachin (Police Lt. Frank Daniels), Lawrence Pressman (Nelson White), Dennis Lipscomb (Les McCall)

and Katherine Cannon (Linda Coolidge)

Also Starring: Billy Green Bush (Billy Ray Webber), Robin Thomas (A.D.A. Burton Hawkins), Al Ruscio (Ernie "The Tailor" Marzell)

Guest Starring: Nadya Starr (Mrs. Harris), Peter White (Atty. Harvey Ravanelle), Richard Lineback (Banning)

Co-Starring: Erica Yohn (Betty Pearson), Alan Haufrect (), Richard Newton (Judge Richard Cooksey), Ted Sorel (), Darrell Zwerling (Dr. Farnsworth)

Featuring: Robert Schlitt (Mark Pearson), Fred Morsell (), James V. Christy (Mark Pearson), James Hardie (Reporter), Caroline Schlitt (Mary Beth), James Ingersoll (National Informer Reporter)


Plot Overview

Ben and Charlene defend a TV reporter accused of killing his ex-wife.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments