THE FOUR JUST MEN "The Judge" - 1959 This is the fourth episode of the 1959-60 series, THE FOUR JUST MEN. The series stars Richard Conte, Jack Hawkins, Vittorio De Sica and Dan Dailey. They are all part of a group out to fight injustice throughout the world. In each episode one of the four men is the featured player. This episode is centered on lawyer Richard Conte.
In this episode, Robert Robinson, a former student of Richard Conte pays him a visit. He is involved in a murder case in a small town and wants to ask for help. A woman, Kay Callard, has been charged with killing her older husband. Robinson believes the woman is innocent.
Conte agrees to look into the matter and pays the town a visit. He sees Callard in jail and comes away likewise believing her story. The main witness in the case is the well-respected, local doctor, James Dryenforth. He says that the autopsy showed massive amounts of strychnine in the dead man's body. Callard, was a nurse at the hospital where some of the poison went missing.
Conte has a talk with Dryenforth about the autopsy results. "Why do you care? The woman was a tart who played around on her husband. She is a woman of loose morals". Conte decides to look further into the doctor's background. Conte gets an anonymous phone call at his hotel telling him that Dryenforth is lying about the autopsy results.
Conte hunts down Naomi Chance. Chance, a cripple who was badly hurt when hit by a truck, has plenty to say about the doctor. "He lied in court about me. Said I was drunk and the accident was my fault." "So I got no insurance settlement." Chance is of course another woman of questionable virtue. There seems to be a pattern here Conte decides.
Upon returning to his hotel, Conte is grabbed by the town constable, Bruce Boa. He is taken to the court-house for a talk with the District Attorney and Police Chief. They would like a word about why Conte is rocking the boat on the Callard case.
Conte tells them he knows Callard is innocent and intends to prove it. He now has a talk with a former doctor at the hospital, Ruda Michelle. Turns out it was she who made the anonymous phone call. Michelle tells Conte about a third woman of ill repute whose life Dreyenforth had destroyed. It all goes back to the man's daughter. She had, in Dreyenforth's eyes anyway, ruined the family image when she became an unwed mother.
Conte soon digs up some hospital files that reveals all Dreyenforth's misdeeds. The files are given to the D.A. and Callard's lawyer, Robinson. An injustice has been stopped.
Also in the cast are, Robert Ayres, Virginia Bedard, Mark Baker and Estelle Brody. (B/W)
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