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Release Date:
4 October 1957 (USA) See more »
The Court of Last Resort was founded by Erle Stanley Gardner in the 1950s. The team sought to reveal... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 20)

Lyle Bettger ... Sam Larsen / ... (26 episodes, 1957-1958)

Robert H. Harris ... Raymond Schindler (23 episodes, 1957-1958)
S. John Launer ... Marshall Houts (23 episodes, 1957-1958)

John Maxwell ... Alex Gregory (23 episodes, 1957-1958)

Robert Anderson ... Park Street Jr (23 episodes, 1957-1958)
Charles Meredith ... Dr. LeMoyne Snyder (23 episodes, 1957-1958)

Paul Birch ... Erle Stanley Gardner (23 episodes, 1957-1958)

Carleton Young ... Harry Steeger (22 episodes, 1957-1958)

Series Directed by
Reginald Le Borg (12 episodes, 1957-1958)
Tom Gries (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
James Goldstone (2 episodes, 1958)

Lonnie D'Orsa (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Erle Stanley Gardner (25 episodes, 1957-1958)
Harry Steeger (25 episodes, 1957-1958)
James Goldstone (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Sam Rolfe (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Donald S. Sanford (2 episodes, 1957)
Arthur Weiss (2 episodes, 1958)

Series Produced by
Elliott Lewis .... producer (10 episodes, 1957-1958)
Lonnie D'Orsa .... associate producer (7 episodes, 1957-1958)
Jules Goldstone .... executive producer (5 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Original Music by
Fred Steiner (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Harry Neumann (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
Floyd Crosby (3 episodes, 1957)
Series Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Art Direction by
George Troast (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Costume Design by
Russell Hanlin (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Makeup Department
John G. Holden .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1957)
Bob Mark .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Germonprez .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Art Department
Max Frankel .... property master (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Sound Department
Frank McKenzie .... sound (2 episodes, 1957)
Frank Webster .... sound (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Russell Hanlin .... wardrobe (6 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Editorial Department
Sherman Todd .... supervising editor / supervising film editor (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Music Department
Dolph Rudeen .... music editor (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Other crew
Frank Rantz .... program coordinator / assistant to producer / ... (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Robert Klein .... program coordinator / production coordinator (6 episodes, 1957-1958)
Arthur Weiss .... script supervisor / writing supervisor (2 episodes, 1958)

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Additional Details

USA:30 min (26 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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6 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
The precursor of appeals, 9 October 1999
Author: brandtre from York PA

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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