This was Andy Griffith's first appearance as defense attorney, Ben Matlock. He has to defend a television reporter, who was approached by his ex-wife about an important story. After she is murdered, Ben is hired to defend him. Aiding Ben is his daughter, Charlene, another lawyer, and his legman, Tyler Hudson. Written by
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This was written by Dean Hargrove and is basically a remake of "Etude in Black", a 1972 "Columbo" movie that was produced by Hargrove. In "Etude in Black", John Cassavetes' character retrieves a carnation that fell off while he was murdering his lover. See more
Followed by Matlock: The Suspect