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Son of the Defender 

Denny is forced to recount a trial with his father from fifty years earlier when the victim's son--carrying a gun and wired to a bomb--returns demanding justice. Meanwhile, Alan is found in... See full summary »

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Denny is forced to recount a trial with his father from fifty years earlier when the victim's son--carrying a gun and wired to a bomb--returns demanding justice. Meanwhile, Alan is found in contempt of court again while defending his neighbor. Written by jgp3553@yahoo.com

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Denny Crane is forced to recall a trial with his father where they defended a murder suspect. It includes flashbacks of a very young William Shatner as the son of Ralph Bellamy. The flashbacks are from a TV show called Studio One in Hollywood (1948), and the name of the two-part episode was Studio One in Hollywood: The Defender: Part 1 (1957). The Joseph Gordon character, played by James Keane on this show, was played by Steve McQueen in 1957. See more »

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Judge Floyd Hurwitz: Step up here, Counsel.
Alan Shore: This is never good when they ask me to step up.
Judge Floyd Hurwitz: You think I'm an idiot?
Alan Shore: Judge, I cannot be held accountable for what I do with straight lines lobbed right over the plate.
Judge Floyd Hurwitz: How would you like to be held in contempt, Mr. Wisenheimer?
Alan Shore: Again, Judge, that was a beach ball straight down the middle.
Judge Floyd Hurwitz: Two days. Put him in the same cell with his client. They can discuss her wedding plans.
Alan Shore: You can't plan a wedding in two days!
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The B/W footage...
3 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The black & white flashbacks that Denny Crane experienced had the look of late '50s video rather than film. I'm thinking that these came from a 1957 episode of the Studio One television show entitled "The Defenders":

http://imdb.com/title/tt0394920/

I think the older attorney was Ralph Bellamy, who played the father of Shatner's character:

http://www.nndb.com/people/317/000026239/

The year 1957 fits the BL plot, plus the fact that Bellamy and Shatner played father & son lawyers.

For me, it's interesting to see old Shatner footage: just this past weekend, a local PBS affiliate aired Judgement at Nuremburg (1961), in which Shatner plays a minor supporting role. It's a kick seeing Shatner looking sleek and with a full head of slicked-back Fifties hair. I've always carried the image of him in ST:TOS; by that time he was toupeed and getting a bit paunchy.

k.


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