Although Chuck Connors was considered to be miscast as an attorney, much of the failure of "Arrest & Trial" to live up to its potential was allegedly due to interference in the show's writing by producer Frank P. Rosenberg. Connors is said to have butted heads many times with management over this, as well as its treatment of the show's staff (he once walked off the set until the studio resumed providing free coffee and donuts for the crew). Rosenberg was said to have a stack of "Arrest & Trial" scripts written by some of the top writers in Hollywood that were ignored in favor of scripts that were increasingly mediocre. "Arrest & Trial" was also in one of the worst possible time slots, competing against Bonanza (1959), The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) and The Judy Garland Show (1963). When "Arrest & Trial" folded after one season, Connors and Universal/Revue severed their contract by "mutual agreement." A year later, Connors was back on TV in another western, Branded (1965) that, oddly enough, ran in the same unenviable time slot as "Arrest & Trial" but managed to last two seasons. Gazzara returned to enjoy a three-year in the TV series Run for Your Life (1965), before appearing in three critically acclaimed films directed by his friend, independent film pioneer John Cassavetes. See more »
This was one of the "big" shows that came with the mid-'60s. ARREST AND TRIAL attempted to combine the standard "cop" show with a "lawyer" offering that blossomed in the early 1960s -- not to include of course PERRY MASON, by then an old warhorse.
Half the story was the detection/ manhunt/ apprehension, whilst the other half concerned the adjudication. Even though I liked lawyer shows as a teen-ager and afterward (foreshadowing awful things to come in middle age), for some reason ARREST AND TRIAL did not click. I probably watched it for only its first three months -- sure beat homework -- but not again. It would seem audienceland received it the same way, which the two leads, a strong male figure (Connors) and a good actor (Gazzara) could not save.
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