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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This episode would evolve into the series The Defenders (1961) which starred Robert Reed and E.G. Marshall in the roles played by William Shatner and Ralph Bellamy. See more »

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

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Clips from this drama used in 2007 Boston Legal episode
4 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Several scenes from this drama are used as flashback sequences in the April 3, 2007, episode of Boston Legal, titled "Son of the Defender". In this episode, William Shatner's character, lawyer Denny Crane, is held hostage by a man whose mother was the murder victim. Crane and his father had defended the accused murderer, so the facts fit closely with this Studio One drama, except for the name of Shatner's character, of course. The victim's son is convinced that justice had been perverted, so he stages a re-trial of sorts. David E. Kelley deserves credit for his ingenious revisiting of this story half a century later. Fans of the original should check out this follow-up.


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