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:
J.C. Grant
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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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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Predictable Drama Notable for Early Anne Bancroft Appearance
21 March 2008 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

The award-winning early TV series "Studio One" brought us this predictable morality play. J.C.Grant is a man who can buy anybody or anything, and when he can't buy someone, he resorts to blackmail. His son David, a budding alcoholic and recent college drop out, finally crosses the line one night when he offers to give a very young Anne Bancroft (Marno) a ride home from her job at a local bar, wrecks his car, and in the process, gets her killed. Facing manslaughter charges, David's only excuse is "I was drunk, I don't remember anything", and he is up against an elderly, head-strong judge with a pristine record. What will J.C. do to bail his son out this time? Most of the characters in this live-performance drama are pretty irritating, and like many Studio One broadcasts, the set and camera work create a somewhat claustrophobic feeling. With the exception of Stanley Ridges (J.C. Grant), the acting is fairly impressive. Ridges trips over several lines and noticeably self-corrects. Franklin Schaffner, a Studio One regular, does a nice tidy job with directing the show.

The story is a predictable morality play and is, at times, very heavy-handed. Although the moral is worth listening too, I was disturbed by the implicit bigotry just below the surface of this film, and positively angry about the way it ended.

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