Studio One in Hollywood: Season 9, Episode 20

The Defender: Part 1 (25 Feb. 1957)
"Studio One" The Defender: Part 1 (original title)

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A young criminal attorney and his firm-owning father defend a 19 year-old on trial for a murder that he swears he did not commit. Personal conflicts arise with the attorney and his father ... See full summary »

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Francis Toohey
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Rudy Bond ...
Peter D'Agostino
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Herself / Commercial Spokeswoman
Russell Hardie ...
1st Guard
Michael Higgins ...
Sergeant James Sheeley
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Mary Ellen Bailey
John McGovern ...
Dr. Horace Bell
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Joseph Gordon (as Steven McQueen)
Vivian Nathan ...
Mrs. Gordon
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Betsy Fuller
Milton Selzer ...
2nd Guard
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David J. Stewart ...
Dr. Victor Wallach
Arthur Storch ...
Seymour Miller
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A young criminal attorney and his firm-owning father defend a 19 year-old on trial for a murder that he swears he did not commit. Personal conflicts arise with the attorney and his father while the prosecution puts on a dramatic and convincing argument of guilt. Written by Flotis

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Snippets of this 50 year old television drama were used in the 2007 television program "Boston Legal" (episode: Son of the Defender) where the now older Shatner recalled back to instances where he and his father (played by Ralph Bellamy) were in discussion of a man's innocence. It melded well into the Boston Legal episode. See more »

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Featured in Boston Legal: Son of the Defender (2007) See more »

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Trivia: Boston Legal reference
3 April 2007 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Excerpts from this show were featured in the April 3, 2007 episode of "Boston Legal" on ABC. In the Boston Legal episode Denny Crane (Shatner) was portrayed as his Kenneth Preston character 50 years later, when the son of the murdered woman sought revenge on the man that Crane/Preston had successfully defended fifty years earlier.

The son (who blamed Crane for his father's subsequent breakdown) takes Crane, the original defendant, and several of the Boston Legal regulars hostage, using bombs and a "dead man" switch, and then stages a retrial of the original trial, based on the original transcript (presumably taken from the "Studio One" dialog).


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