Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
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The Defender: Part 1 

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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Walter Preston
Rudy Bond ...
Peter D'Agostino
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Herself / Commercial Spokeswoman
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1st Guard
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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. Anna Gordon
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Betsy Fuller
Milton Selzer ...
2nd Guard
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Kenneth Preston
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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Spin-off The Defenders (1961) See more »

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Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Trivia: Boston Legal reference
3 April 2007 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Excerpts from this show were featured in the April 3, 2007 episode of "Boston Legal" on ABC. In the Boston Legal episode Denny Crane (Shatner) was portrayed as his Kenneth Preston character 50 years later, when the son of the murdered woman sought revenge on the man that Crane/Preston had successfully defended fifty years earlier.

The son (who blamed Crane for his father's subsequent breakdown) takes Crane, the original defendant, and several of the Boston Legal regulars hostage, using bombs and a "dead man" switch, and then stages a retrial of the original trial, based on the original transcript (presumably taken from the "Studio One" dialog).


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