Studio One in Hollywood: Season 5, Episode 16

The Trial of John Peter Zenger (12 Jan. 1953)
"Studio One" The Trial of John Peter Zenger (original title)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Peter Zenger
Anna Zenger
Frederick Worlock ...
Andrew Hamilton (as Frederic Worlock)
Murray Matheson ...
James De Lancey
Douglas Wood ...
Rip van Dam
Governor Cosby
John W. Austin ...
James Alexander
Leslie Barrie ...
William Smith
Ian Martin ...
Barry Ross ...
Frank H. Wilson ...
Noah (as Frank Wilson)
Henry Barnard ...
Justice Watson ...
Clerk (as Rudulph Justice Watson)
Emory Richardson ...


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Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Well done--and an unfortunately forgotten episode in our history.
18 July 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Studio One" was an amazing show. Each episode was a live teleplay--like a mini-movie performed in one take on national television. Many of the shows were wonderful plays that later went on to become movie classics (such as "12 Angry Men")--and of the several dozen episodes I have seen (many are not now available), they have been uniformly excellent.

While "The Trial of John Peter Zenger" is not one of the more famous episodes in this series, it's among the best. It's about a real episode of American history--one that laid the foundations for our First Amendment and its guarantee of freedom of the press. In the mid-1700s in Colonial America, it seems that a publisher, Zenger, printed a newspaper critical of the Royal Governor of New York. While the articles were essentially true, Zenger was jailed for eight months without a trial. When he finally was tried, he was accused of libel--though his lawyer was able to establish the concept that libel can only apply when the written words are untrue--and the case was dismissed. In this teleplay, Eddie Albert played Zenger but the real standout was the man who played his lawyer, Mr. Hamilton (John W. Austin). Austin's performance was magnetic--and when he got wound up, you really are mesmerized by his eloquence. Well worth seeing--and very well made.

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