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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Ed Asner's TV debut. See more »

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

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McQueen and Shatner in the beginning ........
22 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found a VHS of this in the local library, and apparently the films were salvaged from a condemned Westinghouse warehouse.The resulting video quality was fairly good and the overall effect was similar to a 1950's capsule.

McQueen is commanding in this early appearance. His scenes with Bellamy and Shatner are very forceful. Writing and casting were excellent, especially given the primitive state of the TV industry at the time. Ralph Bellamy provided his usual solid performance.

For fans of Bill Shatner and Steve McQueen , this is a rare and fascinating gem. Both young actors display the charisma that led them to stardom in the next decade. Well worth watching......


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