Public Defender (1954– )


Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | Episode aired 17 March 1955
A man arrested for robbery swears he's innocent and only signed the confession because the arresting officer beat him up.


Erle C. Kenton


Lee Loeb (teleplay), Mort R. Lewis (creator) (as Mort Lewis) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Reed Hadley ... Bart Matthews
Michael Emmet Michael Emmet ... Ray Foley
Robert Brubaker ... Lt. Hansen
James Seay ... Ed Williams
Paul E. Burns ... Adams
Pat McMahon Pat McMahon ... Nurse
Paul Brinegar ... Bud
Frank Hagney ... Charlie
Walter Merrill Walter Merrill ... Sheriff-Photographer (as Anthony Merrill)
Don C. Harvey ... Sheriff-Jailer


A man arrested for robbery swears he's innocent and only signed the confession because the arresting officer beat him up.

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Crime | Drama


Not Rated




Release Date:

17 March 1955 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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3 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Sometimes, the old TV show "Public Defender" comes off as a bit stiff and wooden...mostly because the star, Reed Hadley, was a bit stiff and wooden. Still, despite this, the show often was quite is the case with "Brutality".

The show begins with Bart Matthews (Hadley) introducing himself to a new client, Mr. Foley. Foley was caught with stolen jewelry and signed a confession but the case would NOT be so easy. Now Foley is claiming he only confessed after the police Lieutenant beat the confession out of him. Foley was covered with cuts and bruises...which were not on him when he was booked and photographed. So Matthews decides to investigate to determine how Foley got beaten...but his efforts are hindered by a sensation-seeking reporter who goes off making accusations without any real evidence (not that any reporter would ever do that!). By the end of the show, the REAL story comes out...and Matthews shows that the Public Defenders office is simply out to make sure the law is upheld...not there just to defend criminals or smear the police.

The story is well written and interesting...nuff said!

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