Public Defender (1954– )

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Erle C. Kenton


Jerry D. Lewis (teleplay), Mort R. Lewis (creator) (as Mort Lewis) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Reed Hadley ... Bart Matthews
Harry Shannon ... Murphy
Russell Simpson ... Lundquist
Marcia Mae Jones ... Dora Billing
Ray Montgomery ... Bill Bolling
George N. Neise ... Harry
Richard Travis ... Mr. Ames
Pat McMahon Pat McMahon ... Harry's Wife
Paul Birch ... Deputy Sheriff
Phil Tead ... Eubanks


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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

9 December 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)
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Not one of the better ones...
4 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode of "The Public Defender" is far from one of the better ones--mostly because the man on trial is such a broadly played and unrealistic character.

When the show begins, a man and some friends are out deer hunting when they are chased off the land at gunpoint. The problem is that they were NOT trespassing and the man who chased them off no longer owned the land! He turns out to be a slightly addle-brained and grouchy old coot...and an unbelievable one at that. Later, when he is out shooting at a bobcat, he apparently missed and shot a man who is his bitter rival. However, instead of getting help, he goes home and pretends nothing happened! When he is later arrested, Bart Mathews has a difficult time defending him because the guy is a loopy old guy and either lies or throws up his hands and will admit to anything. What really happened?

In addition to the old man being overplayed, the episode never really addresses that he IS a potential danger to others whether or not he shot the other man. An odd and difficult to love episode.

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