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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Peter D'Agostino
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1st Guard
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Sergeant James Sheeley
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Mary Ellen Bailey
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Dr. Horace Bell
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Joseph Gordon (as Steven McQueen)
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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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25 February 1957 (USA)  »

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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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4 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great episode of "Boston Legal" -- one of their best. Interesting that Steve McQueen played the original defendant "Joe Gordon." The current one I recall portrayed law student "Bell" on the "Paper Chase" TV series.

This 2-part episode of "Studio One" also led to the long-running TV series in the early 1960s entitled "The Defenders," with E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed assuming the father-son roles of the Prestons. Shatner even showed up on some episodes as a district attorney.

This must have brought back memories for Shatner. One item on "Boston Legal" was not brought to a conclusion, however -- did Brad ever extract himself from the air duct??


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