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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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Atty. Preston argues for principles against strict interpretation of the law. See more (12 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 194)

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 (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Bob Markell .... associate producer (32 episodes, 1961-1962)

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)

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60 min (132 episodes)
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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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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Atty. Preston argues for principles against strict interpretation of the law., 1 August 2006
Author: Deusvolt from United States

My elder brother (who is now a Metropolitan Trial Court judge) and I used to watch this every week back in the early '60s. I don't remember much of the episodes except I know I enjoyed most of them. It has a very inspiring trumpet led theme music as the camera took a long bird's eye view panning shot of a majestic courthouse with Greco-Roman architecture.

I do remember Atty. Preston, the elder, (E.G. Marshall) often arguing on the basis of principles over strict or often shystery interpretation of the law used by his court opponents.

One episode I distinctly remember is the one that involves a leader of an American neo-Nazi organization who organized a counter-demonstration to a Jewish rally or parade. Dressed in what looked like approximations of Sturmabteilung ("shock troops" or SA)uniforms, they peacefully stood on the sidewalks and shouted "Hitler had the right idea" repeatedly. They got arrested and charged with something in court. The Preston father and son lawyer team had the rather unpleasant but legally correct task of defending the neo-Nazi leader on the grounds of freedom of speech.

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