Matlock: Season 1, Episode 6

The Don: Part 1 (28 Oct. 1986)

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Ben and Charlene take the controversial case of a Mafia don accused of murdering a business rival; Charlene is attracted to the man's son.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Hudson (as Kene Holliday)
D.A. James L. McShane
Paul Baron
Police Lt. Frank Daniels
Doran Clark ...
Cathy Baron
Mark La Mura ...
Dr. Daniel Baron
Phillip Kovack
Claude Earl Jones ...
Mr. Henderson
Ron Karabatsos ...
Dave Christopher
Alice Jenkins
Nicholas Baron (as Jose Ferrer)
Alan Campbell ...


Ben and Charlene take the controversial case of a Mafia don accused of murdering a business rival; Charlene is attracted to the man's son.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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"Jake and the Fatman" fans, take note!
8 September 2009 | by (Kingston, Jamaica) – See all my reviews

This 1986 episode of "Matlock" is notable for giving the viewing public a sort of preview of "Jake and the Fatman", which premiered in 1987. Not only does it feature the entire main cast (Joe Penny, William Conrad, and Alan Campbell), but Conrad and Campbell play basically the same characters with different names. Conrad's character, James L. McShane, doesn't even vary much in name from J. L. McCabe, a.k.a. the Fatman. Penny's character, however, is rather different; a crime boss accused of doing his own dirty work for once. It is left to Matlock to remove all reasonable doubt from this shady character, which he does in characteristic fashion by revealing the real killer - but not in this episode, as it is the first of a two-part.

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