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The Merits of the Case 

A famous defense attorney is gunned down in his house. Now Ballinger must piece together the clues to find the killer.





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Episode complete credited cast:
Detective Lt. Frank Ballinger
Paul Newlan ...
Police Capt. Grey
Paula Raymond ...
Judith Rollins
Leonard Rollins
Francis De Sales ...
Dr. Myron Ross (as Francis DeSales)
Hugh Lawrence ...
Police Sgt. Summers
Howard Ledig ...
Mike Wilson
Charles Victor ...
Alden Phelps


A famous defense attorney is gunned down in his house. Now Ballinger must piece together the clues to find the killer.

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Drama | Crime


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Release Date:

14 November 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Who Killed The Lawyer? The Husband Or The Wife?
19 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jealousy can be a bad thing.....a very bad thing, as well witness in this episode in which a lawyer is shot dead by an unseen (by everyone, including us viewers) at 11 p.m. in his home. Who killed him, and why? These answers slowly are divulged throughout the 26 minutes of the show (which tell you only a few minutes commercials were on TV back 50 years ago).

Anyway, the lead female in here, who is either a big suspect or a victim, certainly has a striking face. Paula Raymond is the actress. She plays "Judith Rollins." Raymond's biography here on IMDb is fascinating, so check it out. She didn't have a famous career but she was quite a looker.

John Hoyt plays Judith's husband "Leonard." He is the other main suspect in this murder case. Hoyt may not be a familiar name but if you watched television in the 1950s and 1960s you saw a lot of this actor. His resume is unbelievable. It seems like he was in every famous TV show you can think of from Burns & Allen through Hogan's Heroes.all the way to "Gimme A Break!" when he was around 80. He had some career, mostly as a middle-aged to older man.

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