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"Arrest and Trial" Funny Man with a Monkey (1964)

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Original Air Date:
5 January 1964 (Season 1, Episode 15)
A heroin-addicted nightclub comic is arrested on a drug-related homicide, and at his trial he intends to challenge the state's anti-narcotic laws. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Ben Gazzara ... Det. Sgt. Nick Anderson

Chuck Connors ... John Egan
John Larch ... Deputy DA Jerry Miller

Roger Perry ... Det. Sgt. Dan Kirby

Mickey Rooney ... Hoagy Blair
Don Galloway ... Mitchell Harris

Joe Higgins ... Jake Shakespeare

Roland Winters ... Charles Connaught

Joe Mantell ... Harry Needles

Bert Freed ... Sgt. Gregson

Merry Anders ... Joyce

Rachel Ames ... Mrs. Harmon
Paul Birch ... The Motel Owner
Charla Doherty ... Laurie

Bill Quinn ... Judge Tesmann
Dayton Lummis ... Dr. Murray
Forrest Compton ... Dr. Harmon
Nina Roman ... The Girl with the Baby
Patricia Crest ... The Girl Who Was Busted (as Patricia Krest)
John Rayner ... The Young Man

Norman Leavitt ... The 2nd Addict
Joe Quinn ... The Court Clerk
Mal Alberts ... The Baliff
Ralph Montgomery ... The Foreman
Kathleen O'Malley ... The Woman Juror

Mary Murphy ... Linda Blair

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ralph Senensky 
Writing credits
Jerome Ross (written by)

Herb Meadow (series developer)

Produced by
Frank P. Rosenberg .... executive producer
Cinematography by
John L. Russell (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Milton Shifman 
Art Direction by
Raymond Beal 
Set Decoration by
Robert C. Bradfield 
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
Florence Bush .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward K. Dodds .... assistant director
Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial department head
Music Department
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: theme music
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor
Other crew
Jon Epstein .... production executive
James Duff McAdams .... assistant to executive producer (as James McAdams)

Series Crew
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Costume Design by
Yvonne Wood 
Makeup Department
Jay Sebring .... hair designer: Chuck Connors
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lou Watt .... assistant director
Fritz Ford .... stunts (as Fritz Apking)
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

USA:74 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Mushy Fable., 10 February 2016
Author: westernone

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The drug-addiction problem is addressed in strange terms. The addict that is at the centre of this story is a "sick" comic, a small but growing class of stand-up comedians of the era that used shock to get attention. Leading the pack was a man named Lenny Bruce, who was also an addict, so maybe he was in the scriptwriter's mind.

The hero of this tale committed murder while in a drug-addled frenzy, thus giving impetus for a capitol trial, rather than some dreary dope bust proceeding, but nevertheless the courtroom scenes (typically for this series) turn into a social justice soapbox. Things that could never be allowed outside of a Hollywood fantasy courtroom occur, with preposterous questions motivated by liberal dislike for drug enforcement laws brought up, including asking a witness being asked if we (society) has the moral right to judge the poor junkie. The unsympathetic cop in charge of the narcotics unit and the comic's father-in-law are unreasonably, incoherently intolerant of poor dopers, just to make sure you're aware of who to sympathise with.

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