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Release Date:
2 October 1973 (USA) See more »
The cases of slow-talking West Virginia attorney Billy Jim Hawkins. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 6)

James Stewart ... Billy Jim Hawkins (8 episodes, 1973-1974)

Strother Martin ... R.J. Hawkins (5 episodes, 1973-1974)

Series Directed by
Jud Taylor (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Paul Wendkos (3 episodes, 1973-1974)

Jeff Corey (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
David Karp (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Robert Hammer (2 episodes, 1974)

Series Produced by
Norman Felton .... executive producer (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Alan Godfrey .... associate producer / assistant producer (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
David Karp .... producer (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Original Music by
Jerry Fielding (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
George Romanis (2 episodes, 1973)
Jeff Alexander (2 episodes, 1974)
Series Cinematography by
Russell Metty (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Fred J. Koenekamp (3 episodes, 1973)
Series Film Editing by
Albert P. Wilson (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Henry Berman (3 episodes, 1973)
Series Casting by
Rachelle Farberman (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Art Direction by
James W. Sullivan (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Set Decoration by
Ray Molyneaux (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Judith A. Cory .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Production Management
Wally Samson .... unit production manager (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Silver .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Richard Bremerkamp .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Art Department
Anthony Bavero .... property master (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Hal Watkins .... sound (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Owen Marsh .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Floydine Alexander .... women's costumer (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bucky Rous .... men's costumer (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music / conductor (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor (8 episodes, 1973-1974)

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90 min (7 episodes)
Color (Metrocolor)
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This series alternated on Tuesday evenings with "Shaft" (1973) which may have led to the early demise of both series. Contemporary analysts suggested that since the two shows appealed to vastly different audience bases, alternating them only served to confuse fans of both series, giving neither show the time to build up a large viewership.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
More Relations Than the Kennedys, 29 December 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Jimmy Stewart in his second try at a television series was far better at playing Billy Jim Hawkins, defense attorney than he was doing that half hour situation comedy.

For reasons I don't understand he was not as successful at the same type of character as Andy Griffith later was with Matlock. He had that same folksy charm that concealed a mind as sharp as a steel trap. Juatice was inevitably done at the end of each episode.

Unlike Ben Matlock, Billy Jim was from West Virginia as opposed to North Carolina. He had Strother Martin who was a cousin and served as his general factotum. But he came from a large family, almost as if one of the Real McCoys went to law school. Cousins EVERYWHERE. Of course he'd be meeting relatives every so often with a problem. Billy Jim had the largest family on record, like the Kennedys.

Or maybe it was like Chill Wills who called everyone he met "cousin." Never was quite clear.

Nonetheless this forerunner to Matlock should have had a longer run. My guess is Stewart didn't want to be tied down to even a monthly mystery TV series.

It was our loss.

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