The Defenders (1961–1965)
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The Hickory Indian 

Lawrence Preston finds himself opposed in court by his old law teacher, the famous Professor Hopkins.


Stuart Rosenberg


David Karp, Reginald Rose (created by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
E.G. Marshall ... Lawrence Preston
Robert Reed ... Kenneth Preston
George Voskovec ... Louis Astor
Murray Hamilton ... D.A. Sid Morgan
Larry Gates ... Prof. Robert Hopkins
Leo Penn Leo Penn ... Jay Astor
Harvey Lembeck ... Morton Wolfe
Polly Rowles ... Helen Donaldson
Leon B. Stevens Leon B. Stevens ... Philip Whitman (as Leon Stevens)
Wayne Robertson Wayne Robertson ... Bernie Astor
Sylvia Miles ... Miss Constanto
Herbert Nelson Herbert Nelson ... Judge
Warren Finnerty ... First Hood
Jerome Guardino Jerome Guardino ... Plainclothesman
Leo Bloom Leo Bloom ... Bailiff


Lawrence finds himself opposed by his old mentor, the famous Professor Hopkins, when he decides to defend a man who stole from his son's garment business to pay extortionists who've been threatening them. Hopkins wants to force the old man to testify against the extortionists, but he refuses to do so. Written by rbecker28

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3 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Double Extortion
3 October 2016 | by schappe1See all my reviews

George Voskovec, still another alumni of 12 Angry Men, shows up as the uncle of a pair of brother who run a business in the garment district. They have been threatened by an extortionist and Voskovec steals money from their safe to pay the gangster off, remembering what happened when he didn't do it when running in his business. His nephews refuse to prosecute but a state-appointed prosecutor insists on doing so to force Voscovec to testify against the extortionist. He refuses to do so to protect his family and is thus caught in between.

Lawrence Preston steps in to help the man. He's equally disgusted by both forms of extortion: the illegal and the legal. Complicating his situation is that the special prosecutor is his old law professor, who he has always venerated but now opposes, not just in court but, vehemently, in private discussions. it drives a wedge between the men. The old professor is played by Larry Gates, who was actually a year younger than E. G. Marshall but is made up to look older, (and do i detect an attempt to make E. G. look slightly younger to aid in the deception?)

One of the stronger episodes.

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