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The Court of Last Resort 

The Court of Last Resort was founded by Erle Stanley Gardner in the 1950s. The team sought to reveal whether someone already found guilty might really be innocent. The show dramatized the ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Lyle Bettger ...  Sam Larsen / ... 26 episodes, 1957-1958
Carleton G. Young ...  Harry Steeger 24 episodes, 1957-1958
Robert H. Harris ...  Raymond Schindler 23 episodes, 1957-1958
S. John Launer ...  Marshall Houts 23 episodes, 1957-1958
John Maxwell ...  Alex Gregory 23 episodes, 1957-1958
Robert Anderson ...  Park Street Jr 23 episodes, 1957-1958
Charles Meredith ...  Dr. LeMoyne Snyder 23 episodes, 1957-1958
Paul Birch ...  Erle Stanley Gardner 23 episodes, 1957-1958
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The Court of Last Resort was founded by Erle Stanley Gardner in the 1950s. The team sought to reveal whether someone already found guilty might really be innocent. The show dramatized the original crime then followed the investigation. Actual cases were used. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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USA

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English

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4 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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(26 episodes)

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Court of Last Resort
12 November 2007 | by BCattivabruttoSee all my reviews

Having had the opportunity of seeing a few episodes of this show, which I had previously been unaware of, I have to disagree with the previous poster. Of the four or five episodes I saw, one had the CoLR finding the suspect guilty of the crime he had been accused of. I don't think one needs to make everything a matter of present-day politics, especially an inconsequential and probably largely forgotten (despite the participation of Erle Stanley Gardner) show from the 1950s.

Watching the episodes I thought this show would still work today. I have to say that I like the one-half hour format for dramas. So many shows today are padded with fat. The half hour format really forces the writers to be economic in their storytelling.

I saw this in Mill Creek Entertainment's 150 episode "Best of TV Detectives" pack. This has a number of obscure mystery series from the 1950s and early sixties on 12 DVDs. Well worth the $20 price tag.


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