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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Episode credited cast:
Francis Toohey
Rudy Bond ...
Peter D'Agostino
Herself / Commercial Spokeswoman
Russell Hardie ...
1st Guard
Michael Higgins ...
Sergeant James Sheeley
Mary Ellen Bailey
John McGovern ...
Dr. Horace Bell
Joseph Gordon (as Steven McQueen)
Vivian Nathan ...
Mrs. Gordon
Betsy Fuller
Milton Selzer ...
2nd Guard
David J. Stewart ...
Dr. Victor Wallach
Arthur Storch ...
Seymour Miller


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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25 February 1957 (USA)  »

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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 »


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


Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Son of the Defender was shown on Australian television in Sydney on July 2nd, 2007. I found it to be one of the most stunning pieces of television drama in over 50 years of watching television. It was more than a television episode, it was a visual experience that came to life and actually transcended the television screen. In watching this program, the lines between fiction and reality suddenly became blurred, just as the life of the 70 year old Shatner became blurred, as it flashed between the drama at hand and his own early life experiences of 50 years ago. I could not help but be carried away and think of my own life of 50 years ago, and the beauty of the journey in the intervening time period. It was as if going back in time, and looking into a mirror, of 50 years ago. As an older person, I could empathize and relate so closely to William Shatner, it was as if I were he. I consider this episode to be a more than a television piece, but rather, a masterpiece. Congratulations to all who helped create this work of art

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