The Defenders (1961–1965)
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The Hundred Lives of Harry Simms 

An impressionist is charged with killing his fiancee, but his inability to stop going into character impersonations, even in court, leads Lawrence to feel that he has lost his hold on ... See full summary »

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Lawrence Preston
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Kenneth Preston
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Harry Simms
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D.A. Bryan
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Helen Donaldson
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An impressionist is charged with killing his fiancee, but his inability to stop going into character impersonations, even in court, leads Lawrence to feel that he has lost his hold on reality, and that he killed in one of his impersonations. Written by rbecker28

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28 October 1961 (USA)  »

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Frank Gorshin in a Tour-de-force
15 September 2016 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

(This is not the episode about defending a Nazi: that's "The Iron Man"

  • episode #25 3/10/62)


This is about a nightclub impressionist who is indicted for the murder of his girlfriend. Frank Gorshin does a constant stream of brilliant impressions throughout the episode, often to the consternation of everyone involved in the trial, including his attorneys. It turns out that's his problem: he is a split personality, each personality being one of his impressions. The one impression he never does turns out to be the killer.

This is predictable early in the proceedings but Gorshin is so brilliant he makes this worth watching anyway. Hawaii Five-0 later did something similar with Rich Little but this is much better, largely because Gorshin is a better impressionist, (much more intense) and a better actor.


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