Tony Petrocelli, a bright young lawyer practicing in the rich cattle town of Baker, becomes embroiled in a murder case.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric P. Scott
Ruth Petrocelli
Jack Harrison
Alice Fiske
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Sergeant Moran (as Warren Kemmerling)
Booth Colman ...
Judge Crawford
Charlie O'Keefe
E.J. André ...
F.J. Williamson
Paul Harrison
Jeffery V. Thompson ...
Andy Greer (as Jeff Thompson)
Tom Harvey ...
Bob Chambers
Ivor Barry ...
Ann Greer
John Himes ...
Myro McCauley


Baker is a rich southern cattle town and Wilma Harrison is one of its most famous socialites. When the rich party girl is found brutally murdered in her own bed, her husband Jack is arrested for the murder. Tony Petrocelli is a hotshot defense lawyer from New York, who moves to Baker to continue his practice after a fallout with the courts in the Big Apple and he accepts to defend Harrison. Since the police investigation was quite sloppy, all he needs to do to win is prove to the jury that the evidence against his client are circumstantial and that there's enough room for reasonable doubt. As the trial progresses, he also realizes that the witness testimonies leave enough room for an alternate theory about what happened that night. Petrocelli doesn't really care if his client is actually innocent or not, so he uses every trick in his bag to win. The story is based on the infamous case of Samuel Holmes "Sam" Sheppard D.O., an American neurosurgeon tried in 1954 for the murder of his ...

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The Verdict is in, The Lawyer is Out-Standing!
27 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Lawyer, is a 1970 over-looked gem. Barry Newman in his best role, as a dedicated lawyer who will go to the ends of the world to prove that his client, a doctor, is innocent in the murder of his beautiful wife.

Based in part on the Dr. Sam Shepperd murder trail of the late 1950s/early 1960s. The Lawyer is fast paced and extremely well-acted. Blonde bombshell Mary Wilcox is worth the price of this film alone. It's truly amazing how this beautiful,well-built, and highly gifted actress never became more than a character actress.

Your honor, I rest my case. The Lawyer is tops! 10 out of 10.

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