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Release Date:
16 September 1961 (USA) See more »
A Father-Son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day. Full summary »
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E.G. Marshall ... Lawrence Preston (132 episodes, 1961-1965)

Robert Reed ... Kenneth Preston (132 episodes, 1961-1965)

Series Directed by
Paul Bogart (20 episodes, 1961-1965)
Stuart Rosenberg (19 episodes, 1962-1964)
David Greene (13 episodes, 1962-1965)
Buzz Kulik (10 episodes, 1961-1964)
Don Richardson (6 episodes, 1961-1963)
Franklin J. Schaffner (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Daniel Petrie (5 episodes, 1962-1965)
Charles S. Dubin (5 episodes, 1962-1964)
Alex March (5 episodes, 1962-1963)
Elliot Silverstein (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
John Brahm (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Leonard Horn (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Paul Stanley (2 episodes, 1961-1963)
Jack Smight (2 episodes, 1962)
Robert Butler (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
Philip Leacock (2 episodes, 1964)
Paul Sylbert (2 episodes, 1964)
William Ball (2 episodes, 1965)
Robert Stevens (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Writing credits
Reginald Rose (132 episodes, 1961-1965)
David Karp (11 episodes, 1962-1965)
William Woolfolk (10 episodes, 1962-1965)
Ernest Kinoy (9 episodes, 1961-1964)
Larry Cohen (9 episodes, 1963-1965)
Stanley R. Greenberg (8 episodes, 1962-1965)
Roger H. Lewis (7 episodes, 1963-1965)
Robert J. Crean (6 episodes, 1961-1965)
David Shaw (4 episodes, 1961-1965)
Max Ehrlich (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert Thom (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Edward DeBlasio (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ellen M. Violett (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Alvin Boretz (3 episodes, 1961-1965)
Peter Stone (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
James Lee (3 episodes, 1962-1964)
Albert Ruben (3 episodes, 1964)
John Vlahos (2 episodes, 1961)
Charles Garment (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Jerome Ross (2 episodes, 1962)
Ian McLellan Hunter (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
David W. Rintels (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
A.J. Russell (2 episodes, 1963)
Harold Gast (2 episodes, 1964-1965)

Series Produced by
Herbert Brodkin .... producer / executive producer (34 episodes, 1961-1965)
Bob Markell .... associate producer / producer (34 episodes, 1961-1965)
Kenneth Utt .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1963-1965)

George Justin .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Morris Hartzband (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Film Editing by
Arline Garson (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Casting by
Alixe Gordin (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Art Direction by
Willard Levitas (32 episodes, 1961-1962)

Edgar Lansbury (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Mary Merrill (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Makeup Department
John Jiras .... makeup artist (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Production Management
M. Clay Adams .... production manager / director of production operations (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Kenneth Utt .... production manager (32 episodes, 1961-1962)

David Golden .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Hal Schaffel .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Glickman .... assistant director (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard Moses .... assistant director (32 episodes, 1961-1962)

Arthur Steckler .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Bob Coleman .... set dresser (1 episode, 1962)
Harry Wolf .... property master (1 episode, 1962)
Series Sound Department
Al Gramaglia .... sound re-recording mixer / sound mixer (132 episodes, 1961-1965)
Arthur Bloom .... boom operator (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound engineer / sound mixer (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
James Perdue .... studio recordist (10 episodes, 1964)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Felix Trimboli .... camera operator (32 episodes, 1961-1962)

Howard Block .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bea Leon .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1962)
Series Editorial Department
Sidney Katz .... supervising film editor (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Irving Rathner .... negative cutter (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Music Department
Leonard Rosenman .... composer: theme music (132 episodes, 1961-1965)
Series Other crew
Dorothy Weshner Kanzer .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1962)
Jerome Leitner .... technical consultant (1 episode, 1962)
William Woolfolk .... script editor (1 episode, 1962)
David Shaw .... story editor (1 episode, 1965)

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Additional Details

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60 min (132 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The characters first appeared in an episode of "Studio One in Hollywood" (1948), when they were played by Ralph Bellamy and William Shatner.See more »
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Referenced in Defender (1980) (VG)See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The Firm Of Preston & Preston, 29 August 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

From the early Sixties came this show which one viewer described as that era's Law and Order. It wasn't that, it couldn't be that because the Prestons were defense attorneys. Still the cases raised some of the legal issues that Law and Order raises. The Defenders whatever else it was, was not a who done it show like Perry Mason.

E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed played the father and son law firm of Preston&Preston. E.G. as Lawrence Preston was a widower and Reed was his son Kenneth. What I remember was these two guys apparently had no personal life at all. I can't remember a single episode where these two weren't on the clock defending all kinds of clients.

But lawyers and law students loved this show as it took on some really important issues. The episode that I remember best was one involving the McNaghten Rule which evolved from an English murder case in which a guy named McNaghten killed Prime Minister Robert Peel's Secretary, thinking it was Peel. The poor demented jerk thought that the government was plotting against him personally. That case set a standard for a successful insanity defense, that someone like McNaghten had to be unaware of the difference between right and wrong when he committed the homicide.

I still remember Marshall saying that in behalf of his client the McNaghten Rule should be repealed. He certainly gave it one good effort in trying to repeal about a 120 years of Anglo-American jurisprudence. The rule's been modified, but never repealed. But that was typical of the stuff the Prestons did. No arraignments in night court for this duo.

The scripts though were intelligently written even if you didn't agree with what the Prestons were doing. Proof that entertainment can be intelligent and informative, the show ran for four years.

I wish that TV Land would pick up this series.

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