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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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 »


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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4 April 2007 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

I have a friend who works in the television field, and over the years he has had access to tapes and now DVD's of many older, classic programs. Some of these can be found on bottom shelves somewhere, and apparently this program and its series have some available. However, I've seen some of my friend's which I've felt my be just one of a few which could be found anywhere.

Whichever, this particular program is one which I saw several years ago, both episodes on one tape. At the time, I enjoyed it completely, for several reasons: the middle-age Bellamy, excellent as usual, with young Shatner and McQueen, both also excellent, with this one of the precursors of their long careers to follow; the outstanding programs presented during the earlier years of TV history, with fewer effects and gimmicks, more like filmed plays, but with drama as good as (often better than) the fare today; and the added nostalgia always enjoyed when viewing a film or show many years, or decades, after its original production.

I hadn't expected to be able to catch "Boston Legal" on April 3rd, but returned earlier than expected, just in time to see it. I'm among an apparently very large contingent who thoroughly enjoy this program (place it along with "Larry Sanders," and "Columbo") - especially Spader and Shatner, but the remaining cast as well.

The way this vintage "Studio One" program was woven, in flashback form, into the primary story of this episode, was faultless. So often this technique - integrating portions of a past film of a character into a current presentation - is hokey, forced, and falls short of enhancing current presentation.

However, in this instance, the complete opposite was the case, and it looked as though, despite the nearly 50 years since the original, it had been written with the future program in mind. Certainly the competent writers of "Boston Legal" tailored this show to integrate well with the "Studio One" show - but the way it resulted was superior to what might be expected.

Looking forward to seeing it whenever rerun.

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