A woman witnesses a murder during a store robbery but claims the accused man is not the killer. After he is convicted and weeks away from his execution date, she sees the real killer, but the police are reluctant to reopen the case.

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Episode credited cast:
Gene Lyons ...
Sgt. Paul Cochran
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Ellen Morrison
Ralph Dunn ...
Sgt. MacReynolds
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Mrs. Sawyer
Tony Bickley ...
Tommy Elliott
Fred J. Scollay ...
Harry Sawyer (as Fred Scollay)
Henry Sharp ...
Mr. Eugene Krantz (as Henry Sharpe)
Eda Heinemann ...
Sylvia Krantz (as Eda Heineman)
Charles Mendick ...
Lugash - District Attorney
Frank Biro ...
The Man (as Barnet Biro)
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June Graham ...
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A woman witnesses a murder during a store robbery but claims the accused man is not the killer. After he is convicted and weeks away from his execution date, she sees the real killer, but the police are reluctant to reopen the case.

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17 August 1953 (USA)  »

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Broadcast as Westinghouse Studio One Summer Theatre. See more »

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When Ellen Morrison recants that Joe Palica is not the murderer when sees the real killer in the bar; the police never ask her to look through the mug books as time goes by with Palica on death row. See more »

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Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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James Dean shines in Sentence of Death
31 July 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Were it not for the fact that James Dean as the alleged accused killer was in it, Sentence of Death would probably not mean much in the history of TV entertainment. Dean is the most memorable of the performances in a story that seems to be patched from various detective movies and TV shows. As the socialite who thinks Dean is not the killer, Betsy Palmer also should be commended for the various emotions she pulls throughout the hour. If you've seen various film noir pictures, you should be able to predict what happens in the end but I definitely won't reveal here. Included with vintage Westinghouse commercials. For James Dean's performance alone, this one is definitely worth seeking out!


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