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15 September 1963 (USA) See more »
Los Angeles is where Sgt. Nick Anderson and his fellow officers work to keep the streets safe. After the arrest of the accused, attorney John Egan plans their defense while the prosecution is lead by Jerry Miller.
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 33)

Ben Gazzara ... Det. Sgt. Nick Anderson (30 episodes, 1963-1964)

Chuck Connors ... John Egan (30 episodes, 1963-1964)

Roger Perry ... Det. Sgt. Dan Kirby (30 episodes, 1963-1964)

John Larch ... Deputy DA Jerry Miller / ... (29 episodes, 1963-1964)
Don Galloway ... Mitchell Harris (26 episodes, 1963-1964)

Joe Higgins ... Jake Shakespeare / ... (24 episodes, 1963-1964)

John Kerr ... Assistant Deputy District Attorney Barry Pine / ... (18 episodes, 1963-1964)
Noah Keen ... Det. Lt. Bone / ... (17 episodes, 1963-1964)
Joanne Miya ... Janet Okada (13 episodes, 1963-1964)

Series Directed by
David Lowell Rich (5 episodes, 1963-1964)
Jack Smight (5 episodes, 1963-1964)
Lewis Allen (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Earl Bellamy (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Alex March (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Lewis Milestone (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ralph Senensky (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Arthur H. Nadel (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Writing credits
Herb Meadow (22 episodes, 1963-1964)
Don Brinkley (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Antony Ellis (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
John McGreevey (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Paul Mason (2 episodes, 1963)
Franklin Barton (2 episodes, 1964)
Mark Rodgers (2 episodes, 1964)
Jerome Ross (2 episodes, 1964)
William Woolfolk (2 episodes, 1964)

Series Produced by
Frank P. Rosenberg .... executive producer / producer (24 episodes, 1963-1964)
Arthur H. Nadel .... producer (8 episodes, 1963-1964)
Charles Russell .... producer (4 episodes, 1964)
Series Original Music by
Franz Waxman (3 episodes, 1963)
Series Cinematography by
Walter Strenge (5 episodes, 1963-1964)
Lionel Lindon (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ray Rennahan (4 episodes, 1963)
William Margulies (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Bud Thackery (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Film Editing by
Danny B. Landres (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
Milton Shifman (7 episodes, 1963-1964)
Richard G. Wray (7 episodes, 1963-1964)
Series Art Direction by
Raymond Beal (15 episodes, 1963-1964)
Frank Arrigo (9 episodes, 1963)
Series Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (19 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert C. Bradfield (10 episodes, 1963-1964)
George Milo (6 episodes, 1963)
Series Costume Design by
Yvonne Wood (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1963-1964)
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (10 episodes, 1963-1964)
Larry Germain .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1964)
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1964)

Jay Sebring .... hair designer: Chuck Connors (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Losee .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1963-1964)
Edward K. Dodds .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
John Clarke Bowman .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ben Bishop .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1963)
Norman A. Cook .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1964)
Jack Doran .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1964)

Lou Watt .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Lyle Cain .... sound (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
William Russell .... sound (3 episodes, 1963)
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1963)
David H. Moriarty .... sound (2 episodes, 1963)
Corson Jowett .... sound (2 episodes, 1964)
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Michael McGreevey (1 episode, 1963)

Fritz Ford .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor (19 episodes, 1963-1964)
Series Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial department head (19 episodes, 1963-1964)
Series Music Department
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: theme music (30 episodes, 1963-1964)
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (20 episodes, 1963-1964)
Series Other crew
Jon Epstein .... production executive (30 episodes, 1963-1964)
James Duff McAdams .... assistant to executive producer / production executive (20 episodes, 1963-1964)
Paul Mason .... script consultant / story editor / ... (8 episodes, 1963)

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90 min (30 episodes)
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Ben Gazzara, who stood about 5'10, had never seen "The Rifleman" (1958) and had no idea that his costar, Chuck Connors, stood 6'6". Various "tricks" were used to minimize the disparity in their sizes but sometimes filming the two standing together was unavoidable. "And there we were," Gazzara recalled. "The giant and me."See more »
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Remade as "Arrest & Trial" (2000)See more »


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Intelligent, well-acted 1960s TV legal drama, 25 February 2012
Author: runamokprods from US

Sometimes melodramatic, but intelligent and very well acted early 1960s U.S. TV series, that obviously served as the inspiration for "Law & Order".

Like "L & O" this is divided into 2 parts; "Arrest" where cop Ben Gazzara tracks down the person seemingly guilty of that week's crime and "Trial" where Chuck Connors defends them.

Having the 2nd half be from the defense point-of-view, not the prosecutor's makes the show different than "Law and Order", and arguably more interesting. It makes blatant how much of the legal system exists in shades of gray.

It's not surprising that Ben Gazzara is very, very good as cop Nick Anderson, making him more complex and interesting than your basic TV detective of the era. What caught me off- guard was that Connors as successful attorney John Egan, just about matches him. Unlike Gazzara, Connors was never taken that seriously as an actor,. But he shows a lot here as a top notch, somewhat cynical lawyer. Beyond the two leads, the guest casts were often very strong as well.

It's partly because these were 90 minutes episodes on TV, so each show runs about 75 minutes of screen time, as opposed to the standard TV drama that runs an hour, which means about 45-60 minutes of actual story. With the extra time, the writers fleshed out the characters, both regulars and guests, much more fully than on most non-serialized dramas.

So even if there are plot or logic holes (like charging a man with 1st degree murder, instead of a much more logical 2nd degree or manslaughter, so the trial can be about the issue of "intent" ) it feels more like you're watching a solid, well acted B-film each episode, instead of an early TV series. And the series has a nice mix of dark edginess and humanism.

Yes, the score can be painfully over-the-top, and some of the resolutions are too neat, but I'd still say this holds up favorably to a lot of the modern U.S. character cop and/or lawyer shows of today.

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