Sam Benedict (1962–1963)

TV Series  -   -  Drama
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 30 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Add a Plot

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 16 Sep 2011
 
a list of 108 titles
created 9 months ago
 
list image
a list of 422 titles
created 1 month ago
 
list image
a list of 32 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Sam Benedict" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sam Benedict (1962–1963)

Sam Benedict (1962–1963) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sam Benedict.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1963   1962  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Thriller (1960–1962)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mike and Danny fly a crop duster, but because of Danny's gambling debts, a local sheriff seizes it. Trying to earn money, they hitch-hike to the World's Fair in Seattle. While Danny tries ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Elvis Presley, Joan O'Brien, Gary Lockwood
Route 66 (1960–1964)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The adventures of two young drifters across America on Highway Route 66.

Stars: Martin Milner, George Maharis, Glenn Corbett
The Big Valley (1965–1969)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The Wild West adventures of the residents and staff of Barkley Ranch in California's San Joaquin Valley.

Stars: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors
Adam-12 (1968–1975)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two regular police officers patrol Los Angeles.

Stars: Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge
Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

Rod Serling's seminal anthology series focused on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist that would see the guilty punished.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
Bachelor Father (1957–1962)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Never-married attorney Bentley Gregg took on the task (with help from his "houseboy", Peter) of raising his young niece Kelly, after her parents died in an accident. The job was easier when... See full summary »

Stars: John Forsythe, Noreen Corcoran, Sammee Tong
The Defenders (1961–1965)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A Father-Son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day.

Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Polly Rowles
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Jed Clamplett and his backwoods family help solve an energy crisis in their own rustic ways for their Beverly Hills neighborhood they still cannot adjust to.

Director: Robert M. Leeds
Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Nancy Kulp
The Detectives (1959–1962)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Captain Matt Holbrook leads a squad of brave and tough detectives in a large, unnamed city. Instead of leading personal lives, they spend all of their time tracking murderers, thieves, ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Taylor, Tige Andrews, Russell Thorson
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Sam Benedict (28 episodes, 1962-1963)
Richard Rust ...
 Hank Tabor (28 episodes, 1962-1963)
Joan Tompkins ...
 Trudy Wagner (28 episodes, 1962-1963)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

law | character name in title | See All (2) »

Taglines:

Upholding the law with compassion for citizens victimized by injustice.

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 September 1962 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(28 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This courtroom drama series was loosely based on the career of real-life lawyer Jacob W. Ehrlich, who served as technical consultant for the show. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Edmond O'Brien in fine form
26 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Film noir icon Edmond O'Brien ("DOA", "The Killers", "White Heat") played flamboyant San Francisco attorney Sam Benedict in this 1962-63 series. O'Brien had starred two years earlier in the underrated private eye series "Johnny Midnight". He had just finished juicy supporting roles in "The Longest Day" and "Birdman of Alacatraz".

This series was based on attorney Jake Erlich, who was a technical consultant. Producer/writer Gene Roddenberry ("Star Trek") had previously tried to turn Erlich's life into a series called "333 Montgomery Street", but it didn't sell. Deforest Kelley starred in that pilot as "Jake Brittin".

Talented writer E. Jack Neumann ("The Blue Knight" with William Holden) created "Sam Benedict", and he was also the executive producer. William Froug was the producer. Neuman and Froug were boyhood friends.

Directors included Richard Donner, Paul Henreid and Ida Lupino. Ida Lupino had previously directed Edmond O'Brien to fine effect in "The Bigamist" and "The Hitchhiker".

The forty-seven year old O'Brien gave a superb, forceful performance as Sam Benedict. Richard Rust was equally impressive as his dynamic young associate Hank Tabor.

Robert Lansing gave a terrific performance in one episode as a maverick high school English teacher who is fired because he has his students read a banned book. Lansing may also have less than pure thoughts about one of his vivacious students. This was a pilot for a series, but NBC chose to go with "Mr. Novak" instead, for which E. Jack Neumann was the executive producer.

Other strong guest stars included Inger Stevens, Vera Miles, Elizabeth Ashley, Diana Hyland, Ruth Roman, Hazel Court, Ida Lupino, Howard Duff, Gary Merrill, Claude Rains, Brian Keith and Michael Parks.

Voluptuos Nancy Kelly ("The Bad Seed") also guest starred. Kelly was Edmond O'Brien's real life ex-wife.

Joseph Schildkraut received a best actor Emmy nomination for a guest star role.

The stories were basically character studies of Benedict's clients. The show left mysteries to "Perry Mason" and social issue controversy to "The Defenders".

Most episodes followed two different stories. One was Benedict's case and the other was Tabor's. This was innovative, and it worked well later on "LA Law". But the Hank Tabor stories weren't usually compelling enough.

I think if Sam and Hank handled a few high stakes murder cases this show could have been more popular, since the lead characters were fine.

MGM produced this show. They were also doing "The Eleventh Hour" and "Dr. Kildare" at the same time. All three shows were literate, adult dramas about an older pro and a young apprentice.

One year after this series ended, Edmond O'Brien was nominated for an Oscar for John Frankenheimer's brilliant thriller "Seven Days in May". O'Brien played an alcoholic senator who tries to thwart a military coup against President Fredric March.

Two years after this series ended, O'Brien returned to TV as Will Varner in "The Long, Hot Summer".

"Sam Benedict" was replaced on Saturday nights by another MGM series about a young trainee and an older mentor: "The Lieutenant", with Gary Lockwood and Robert Vaughn.

Producer Paul Monash ("Peyton Place") almost did a remake of "Sam Benedict" five years later with "Judd for the Defense", starring Carl Betz and Stephen Young. "Judd" producers even asked "Sam Benedict" producers for any old scripts they might have. But "Judd for the Defense" eventually came up with some fine, provocative stories of its own.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Role Model cborden9
DVD? stanmajor
Discuss Sam Benedict (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?