Public Defender (1954– )

Two Brothers 

There are two brothers. One is accused of armed robbery, the other isn't. The priest believes the brother is innocent even though he claims to have done it. The public defender doesn't ... See full summary »

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

Mort R. Lewis (creator) (as Mort Lewis), Sam Shayon (creator)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Reed Hadley ... Bart Matthews
John Banner ... Mr. Lambert
Robert Patten ... Edward Martin
Darryl Hickman ... Johnny Martin
Walter Reed ... Cassidy
Lyle Talbot ... Dobin
Mae Clarke ... Mrs. Martin
Grandon Rhodes ... Judge
Clarence Straight Clarence Straight ... Lopez
John Pickard ... Prosecuting Attorney
Jack Gargan Jack Gargan ... Court Clerk
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There are two brothers. One is accused of armed robbery, the other isn't. The priest believes the brother is innocent even though he claims to have done it. The public defender doesn't believe the brother's story either. But if he didn't do it, who did? Written by Michelle P.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1954 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Decent...not great
4 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an installment of "The Public Defender"...a series starring Reed Hadley where he plays practically the same character he did in "Racket Squad". In fact, both shows are virtually identical and were made by the Hal Roach Studio. So, when "Racket Squad" ended its run, the series then changed a tiny bit and became "The Public Defender".

The episode finds a young man accused of robbery. He readily admits doing the crime but won't elaborate further. However, the family priest cannot believe it...this behavior is unlike the young man. So Bart Mathews digs deeper...and learns that the guy has a rather unsavory brother who he apparently is trying to defend.

This is a decent if otherwise unremarkable episode. While the story is hard to believe, it's engaging and worth seeing.


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