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The Man Who Had Influence 

Business mogul's son David Grant uses his father's power to extricate himself from problems - until implication in a woman's death tests David's willingness to avoid responsibility.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Grant
Patrolman Jim O'Rourke
Robert Pastene ...
Harry Cohalan
Julian Noa ...
Judge Dreyden
Frank McNellis ...
Paul Scott
Maria Cassini (as Anne Marno)
Sally Hester ...
Jane Scott
Esther Minciotti ...
Mrs. Cassini
Harold McGee ...
Dr. Hartley
Mary Gildia ...
Martha - Maid
Clark Rider ...
Capt. Conway
Frank Rolenger ...
Officer Mallory
Silvio Minciotti ...
Luigi - Cafe Owner
John Draper ...
David's Cafe Guest


Influential senator J.C. Grant has been extricating his son David from numerous scrapes and eventuality he spoiled scion is expelled from college. Things take a darker turn when a drunken David offers a club cigarette girl a ride home in his car and has an accident. Although the young woman bleeds o death as a consequence of his actions, the young Grant has no memory of the event. When he is indicted for manslaughter, his father uses his clout to get a respected judge assigned, a vulnerable jurist with a dying wife on the edge of bankruptcy whom he hopes will be susceptible to coercion. Written by duke1029

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29 May 1950 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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DVD default running time includes original Westinghouse commercials. See more »


J.C. Grant: [to Cohalan] Never lose your temper. It's a sign of weekness, and you can never afford to be weak... nit even in private... especially in private.
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I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
[Heard in background at restaurant]
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The Father Should Have Gone To Prison
10 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's not secret throughout this episode that the father, J.C. Grant, has lots of money and influence. J.C. is well known for his large cases of bribery & blackmail - which carries a hefty sentence in reality (especially as much money as he's paying out all the time). Also, he's trying to help buy and bribe his son David free of prison for accidentally killing a woman from a night of drinking and driving - (accidental) manslaughter. Yes the father should have gone to prison during or after this case - in fact, he should have been in prison years ago.

I also have to say that I almost understand why David drinks heavily - it's his father J.C. J.C. is a big time filthy rich crook that should have been in prison years ago. There is no way J.C. is rich enough to buy every one off - I don't believe.

The big question with this film: "Is David going to be found guilty or innocent of all charges against him?" 2/10

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