Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
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The Defender: Part 1 

A young criminal attorney and his firm-owning father defend a 19 year-old on trial for a murder that he swears he did not commit. Personal conflicts arise with the attorney and his father ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Reginald Rose, Reginald Rose (television play by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Bellamy ... Walter Preston
Martin Balsam ... Francis Toohey
Steve McQueen ... Joseph Gordon (as Steven McQueen)
William Shatner ... Kenneth Preston
Ian Wolfe ... Judge Marsala
Vivian Nathan Vivian Nathan ... Mrs. Anna Gordon
David J. Stewart David J. Stewart ... Dr. Victor Wallach
Russell Hardie ... 1st Guard
Iggie Wolfington Iggie Wolfington ... Court Clerk
Arthur Storch ... Seymour Miller
Frank Marth ... First Reporter
Eileen Ryan ... Betsy Fuller
Milton Selzer ... 2nd Guard
John McGovern John McGovern ... Dr. Horace Bell
Michael Higgins ... Sergeant James Sheeley
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Storyline

A young criminal attorney and his firm-owning father defend a 19 year-old on trial for a murder that he swears he did not commit. Personal conflicts arise with the attorney and his father while the prosecution puts on a dramatic and convincing argument of guilt. Written by Flotis

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Genres:

Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode would evolve into the series The Defenders (1961) which starred Robert Reed and E.G. Marshall in the roles played by William Shatner and Ralph Bellamy. See more »

Connections

Spin-off The Defenders (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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plot recycled on Boston Legal
6 April 2007 | by airdrummerSee all my reviews

the 3apr07 episode of Boston Legal based a plot line on this show, using clips as flashbacks.

shatner used a courtroom trick to get the 19-y.o. off in 1957, but 50 yrs later, the son of the woman the defendant was accused of murdering takes shatner, the defendant & others hostage.

he forces them to restage the trial, to get a guilty verdict, justice...

shatner flashes back several times during the"trial" with clips from the studio 1 episode, showing the conflict between shatner & bellamy over the courtroom trick.

rather an inventive recycling, i thought;-)


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