Morton Halas is an aggressive and very successful defense attorney who will stop at nothing to get his clients off. Having successfully defended Big Mike Probich he finds himself working ... See full summary »

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Morton Halas
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Larry Coombs
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Whitey Metz
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Morton Halas is an aggressive and very successful defense attorney who will stop at nothing to get his clients off. Having successfully defended Big Mike Probich he finds himself working for Larry Coombs, another small-time mobster who has ambition to rise to the top. Coombs and his top enforcer Whitey Metz decide to knock off Probich and take over his network. They succeed but things don't go as smoothly as planned and Eliot Ness soon has an eye witness who can identify both of them. Halas has a flair for the dramatic and just as the verdict in the case is about to be announced, he arranges for someone to stand up in open court and announce, with murder weapon in hand, that he is the killer. Ness and the District Attorney know that the fix is in and find they have to rely on their own trickery if Halas, Coombs and Metz are to face justice. Written by garykmcd

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Ness tells Hobson what happened in the courtroom when Metz was trying to get Halas to work for Coombs while Hobson is surprised when Hobson himself was also in the courtroom with Ness at that moment. See more »

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The Jack Klugman show....
3 March 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Jack Klugman is mostly known for starring in "The Odd Couple" and "Quincy". Both were enjoyable TV shows but neither stretched off his acting range. To see that, watch any one of a number of shows from the late 50s and early 60s, when Klugman was a frequent guest on shows like "The Twilight Zone" and "The Untouchables". Here in "Loophole" he's at his finest...and totally dominates this episode.

Morton Halas (Klugman) is a darned good lawyer. He's able to win cases that seem unwinnable and he's proud that he's worked his way up from the streets to be one of the best defense attorneys. But Ness is less than impressed...after all, Halas has helped spring folks who seemed guilty. Still, there is some mutual respect between them. But this is seriously strained when Halas begins working with some seriously awful gangsters....and Halas thinks he can do this AND maintain his integrity. Yeah, right!

As I said, the show was Klugman all the way. He has several really nice monologues and more than carries the show. Among the best shows of the season.


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