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Arrest and Trial 

Los Angeles is where Sergeant Nick Anderson and his fellow officers work to keep the streets safe. After the arrest of the accused, attorney John Egan plans their defense, while the prosecution is lead by Jerry Miller.
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Complete series cast summary:
Ben Gazzara ...  Det. Sgt. Nick Anderson 30 episodes, 1963-1964
Chuck Connors ...  John Egan 30 episodes, 1963-1964
Roger Perry ...  Det. Sgt. Dan Kirby 30 episodes, 1963-1964
John Larch ...  Deputy DA Jerry Miller / ... 29 episodes, 1963-1964
Don Galloway ...  Mitchell Harris 26 episodes, 1963-1964
Joe Higgins ...  Jake Shakespeare / ... 24 episodes, 1963-1964
John Kerr ...  Assistant Deputy District Attorney Barry Pine / ... 18 episodes, 1963-1964
Noah Keen ...  Det. Lt. Bone / ... 17 episodes, 1963-1964
Joanne Miya Joanne Miya ...  Janet Okada 13 episodes, 1963-1964
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Los Angeles is where Sergeant Nick Anderson and his fellow officers work to keep the streets safe. After the arrest of the accused, attorney John Egan plans their defense, while the prosecution is lead by Jerry Miller.

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English

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15 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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Arrest and Trial See more »

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(30 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Although Chuck Connors was considered to be miscast as an attorney, much of the failure of this show to live up to its potential, was allegedly due to interference in the show's writing by Producer Frank P. Rosenberg. Connors is said to have butted heads many times with management over this, as well as its treatment of the show's staff (he once walked off the set until the studio resumed providing free coffee and donuts for the crew). Rosenberg was said to have a stack of "Arrest and Trial" scripts written by some of the top writers in Hollywood that were ignored, in favor of scripts that were increasingly mediocre. This show was also in one of the worst possible time slots, competing against Bonanza (1959), The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), and The Judy Garland Show (1963). When this show folded after one season, Connors, Universal, and Revue severed their contract by "mutual agreement". A year later, Connors was back on television in another western, Branded (1965) that, oddly enough, ran in the same unenviable time slot as this show, but managed to last two seasons. Ben Gazzara returned to enjoy a three-year run on the television series Run for Your Life (1965), before appearing in three critically acclaimed films directed by his friend, independent film pioneer, John Cassavetes. See more »

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Intelligent, well-acted 1960s TV legal drama
25 February 2012 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Sometimes melodramatic, but intelligent and very well acted early 1960s U.S. TV series, that obviously served as the inspiration for "Law & Order".

Like "L & O" this is divided into 2 parts; "Arrest" where cop Ben Gazzara tracks down the person seemingly guilty of that week's crime and "Trial" where Chuck Connors defends them.

Having the 2nd half be from the defense point-of-view, not the prosecutor's makes the show different than "Law and Order", and arguably more interesting. It makes blatant how much of the legal system exists in shades of gray.

It's not surprising that Ben Gazzara is very, very good as cop Nick Anderson, making him more complex and interesting than your basic TV detective of the era. What caught me off- guard was that Connors as successful attorney John Egan, just about matches him. Unlike Gazzara, Connors was never taken that seriously as an actor,. But he shows a lot here as a top notch, somewhat cynical lawyer. Beyond the two leads, the guest casts were often very strong as well.

It's partly because these were 90 minutes episodes on TV, so each show runs about 75 minutes of screen time, as opposed to the standard TV drama that runs an hour, which means about 45-60 minutes of actual story. With the extra time, the writers fleshed out the characters, both regulars and guests, much more fully than on most non-serialized dramas.

So even if there are plot or logic holes (like charging a man with 1st degree murder, instead of a much more logical 2nd degree or manslaughter, so the trial can be about the issue of "intent" ) it feels more like you're watching a solid, well acted B-film each episode, instead of an early TV series. And the series has a nice mix of dark edginess and humanism.

Yes, the score can be painfully over-the-top, and some of the resolutions are too neat, but I'd still say this holds up favorably to a lot of the modern U.S. character cop and/or lawyer shows of today.


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