The Four Just Men: Season 1, Episode 4

The Judge (8 Oct. 1959)

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Episode complete credited cast:
James Dyrenforth ...
Dr. Chase
Estelle Brody ...
Mrs. Chase
Naomi Chance ...
Kay Callard ...
Jean Lawson
Robert Robinson ...
Peter Dyneley ...
Police Chief
Ruda Michelle ...
Robert Ayres ...
District Attorney
Bruce Boa ...
Mark Baker ...
Denis Holmes ...
Virginia Bedard ...


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8 October 1959 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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An injustice put right
19 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Conte as Jeff Ryder is the featured star in this episode. At a National Bar Association conference, Ryder is approached by a former student who asks his advice about a case he is defending. His client, Jean Lawson, has been indicted for poisoning her husband. Ryder agrees to go to the small town of Maynard and interview the client. It's interesting that her attorney doesn't believe his client and really doesn't want to be defending her. Ryder, however, does think that there are some unanswered questions and thinks that she may be telling the truth. Soon thereafter, Ryder gets a mysterious phone call from a woman saying that the autopsy proved that the husband was not poisoned and that Dr. Chase who performed the autopsy and who is the prosecution's main witness, knows this. Ryder determines that the caller was Dr. Helen Townley. Townley had had a bitter argument with Chase over how he handled a case and was fired from the hospital. So she doesn't like Chase but more importantly she provides an important clue about the case. This was a good mystery and while the culprit's motive was deplorable, it was believable. The culprit was completely unrepentant at the end and in fact suggests to Ryder that he is only doing what the Four Just Men do. There is little that Ryder can say to this deluded person but "I hope not." It was great seeing a woman doctor in an important role but it was mildly irritating to have the IMDb credits list her as 'Helen' and not 'Doctor Townley' as was the case with the 'Doctor Chase' entry.

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