Judd for the Defense (1967–1969)

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High-priced Houston lawyer Clinton Judd, and his assistant Ben Caldwell, take cases throughout the USA. The program dealt with then-taboo subjects.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Clinton Judd (50 episodes, 1967-1969)
 Ben Caldwell (49 episodes, 1967-1969)


High-priced Houston lawyer Clinton Judd, and his assistant Ben Caldwell, take cases throughout the USA. The program dealt with then-taboo subjects.

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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

8 September 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al banco della difesa  »

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Technical Specs


(50 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


ABC had planned to introduce this show in a rather novel way by tying the introduction of this program into the end of "The Fugitive" (1963). The idea was for Clinton Judd to become Richard Kimble's defense attorney. ABC expected the conclusion of The Fugitive to be viewed by a large audience, which would have provided a big boost to the introduction of this new show. However, the shows were produced by different production companies, and Quinn Martin was not overly interested in idea, since he felt it might be a distraction from the much anticipated conclusion of his show. See more »


Referenced in Night Court: Daddy for the Defense (1984) See more »

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Based on Percy Foreman
31 May 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After playing a version of Ward Cleaver as Dr. Alex Stone pediatrician and all American dad on The Donna Reed Show, Carl Betz took a part light years away as the star of Judd For The Defense. Based on the life and exploits of noted Texas criminal defense attorney, Judd For The Defense was the greatest kind of publicity for the flamboyant Mr. Foreman. If anything Betz was considerably toned down for television.

Betz had as an assistant Stephen Young and the two of them took all kinds of controversial cases. His services did command a considerable fee as did Percy Foreman in real life. But even Foreman took on a defendant now and then for the publicity value. Foreman's most famous client was James Earl Ray whom Foreman persuaded to take a guilty plea for the death penalty being taken off the table.

Sad to say that the show only lasted two years. I wish it had gone on longer the stories were good, the acting always superb.

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