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Arrest and Trial 

Los Angeles is where Sergeant Nick Anderson and his fellow officers work to keep the streets safe. After the arrest of the accused, attorney John Egan plans their defense, while the prosecution is lead by Jerry Miller.
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Ben Gazzara ...  Det. Sgt. Nick Anderson 30 episodes, 1963-1964
Chuck Connors ...  John Egan 30 episodes, 1963-1964
Roger Perry ...  Det. Sgt. Dan Kirby 30 episodes, 1963-1964
John Larch ...  Deputy DA Jerry Miller / ... 29 episodes, 1963-1964
Don Galloway ...  Mitchell Harris 26 episodes, 1963-1964
Joe Higgins ...  Jake Shakespeare / ... 24 episodes, 1963-1964
John Kerr ...  Assistant Deputy District Attorney Barry Pine / ... 18 episodes, 1963-1964
Noah Keen ...  Det. Lt. Bone / ... 17 episodes, 1963-1964
Joanne Miya Joanne Miya ...  Janet Okada 13 episodes, 1963-1964
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Los Angeles is where Sergeant Nick Anderson and his fellow officers work to keep the streets safe. After the arrest of the accused, attorney John Egan plans their defense, while the prosecution is lead by Jerry Miller.

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English

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15 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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Arresto y juicio See more »

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(30 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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The Rifleman (1958) was scheduled for a sixth season in 1963, when Chuck Connors said he felt that five years in one series was enough. He was considered a hot property at the time, due to its success. "Eager for a change", he wanted to break out of the western mold. Connors signed a lucrative seven-year deal with Universal and Revue Studios that gave him profit participation, and allowed him to do at least one feature film a year. This show was the first project he committed to under his new contract. Originally slated to play Sergeant Anderson, Connors lobbied for, and received the part of, John Egan, a slick, top-flight criminal defense attorney. Ben Gazzara, on the other hand, had several impressive Broadway plays and Hollywood films to his credit, but had resisted doing a television series because, in those days, it could damage an actor's chances to appear on the big screen. However, Gazzara said that Broadway hadn't made him rich, and the film offers were not exactly rolling in. So, he signed on for this show for the financial security and exposure. Both actors were reportedly paid seventy-five hundred dollars a week, and Gazzara, like Connors, enjoyed profit participation. See more »

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Something For Everyone?
12 March 2008 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

The 30 episodes (all in B&W) of the 90-minute crime drama "Arrest and Trial" originally ran on ABC during its 1963-1964 broadcast season. The new three-disc DVD set includes nine of the episodes: #3, #4, #7, #11 (guest starring Martin Sheen and Michael Parks), # 15 (guest starring Mickey Rooney), #21, #22 (guest starring Nick Adams), #23, #30; seemingly taken at random from the series.

The series was an innovative concept as it was essentially broken down by the words in its title. During the first 45 minutes of each episode LA detective Nick Anderson (Ben Gazzara) would solve the crime, arrest the perpetrator(s), and hand them over for trial. The second half concerned defense attorney John Egan's (Chuck Connors) attempts to get them acquitted.

That Egan was for the defense and not the prosecution was what made the series unique. Guilt or innocence thus became a relative term. With better writing it could been a great series (think "Hill Street Blues" where the public defender is involved in a romance with the Precinct Captain). Unfortunately rather than actually working in opposition to each other most of the episodes featured little if any interplay between Anderson and Egan. So what you got was more like a 45-minute cop show followed by a 45-minute lawyer show; with the only point in common being the same guest star(s); whose character might just as well have had different names for all it would have mattered.

The series tried to hold the cop show fans over for the second half by ingeniously breaking the show at the quarter hour when it was too late to change channels and watch something else. It must not have worked very well because the ratings were too low to support a second season.

Gazzara was excellent but Connors was horribly miscast. Most likely someone who is seeing Connors' various shows for the first time is mystified than he got so much television work in 1960's. All I can say is that a lot of people were just as mystified then.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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