The Court of Last Resort was founded by Erle Stanley Gardner in the 1950s. The team sought to reveal whether someone already found guilty might really be innocent. The show dramatized the ... See full summary »
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 Sam Larsen / ... 26 episodes, 1957-1958
Carleton G. Young ...
 Harry Steeger 24 episodes, 1957-1958
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 Raymond Schindler 23 episodes, 1957-1958
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 Marshall Houts 23 episodes, 1957-1958
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 Alex Gregory 23 episodes, 1957-1958
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 Park Street Jr 23 episodes, 1957-1958
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 Dr. LeMoyne Snyder 23 episodes, 1957-1958
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 Erle Stanley Gardner 23 episodes, 1957-1958
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The Court of Last Resort was founded by Erle Stanley Gardner in the 1950s. The team sought to reveal whether someone already found guilty might really be innocent. The show dramatized the original crime then followed the investigation. Actual cases were used. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The precursor of appeals
9 October 1999 | by (York PA) – See all my reviews

This series was played against the backdrop of shows like Dragnet where the suspect was proven guilty -- if necessary he was given opportunity to confess. The court of last resort played upon police errors and the sympathy of the public.

Convicts ready to be executed were investigated. ALWAYS, the police were wrong, they were wrongfully accused and they were freed in 30 minutes. I believe this was one of the beginning shots in the war of social engineering of Hollywood.

We have today as the result, Miranda, and police and prosecutors that are handcuffed in protecting us from those who would break the law...


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