Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
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The Long, Lost Life of Edward Smalley 

20 years after a WW II court-martial, a vet pulls a gun on the ruthless attorney who defended him, when the cynical mouthpiece, who doesn't even remember his former client, refuses to see ... See full summary »

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... J. Marvin Bean
... Edward Smalley
... Sergeant Myron Bender
... Major Charles Wheeler
... Luther Hobbs
... Madelon Bauvais
... Cpl. Jack Osante (as John Alonzo)
... Webber (as Calvin Bartlett)
Nancy Jeris ... Miss Mannis
Françoise Ruggieri ... B-Girl (as Francoise Ruggieri)
Charlotte Lavande ... Chanteuse
Bernard Kates ... Army Chaplain
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20 years after a WW II court-martial, a vet pulls a gun on the ruthless attorney who defended him, when the cynical mouthpiece, who doesn't even remember his former client, refuses to see him. So the shaken gunman recounts the story of accidentally fragging his commanding officer. Written by David Stevens

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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12 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Whitmore all the way
2 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Solid courtroom drama about a WWII soldier of limited mental capacity being tried for the slaying of his sergeant. A slick lawyer defends him, but in order to save him since the soldier refuses to plead guilty and throw himself on the mercy of the court, has to pull out all the stops and play every trick in the book. The courtroom segment is told in flashback, as the episode begins 20 years later with the ex-soldier confronting the lawyer. James Whitmore is the slick lawyer, and he truly carries the episode. He is ably supported by Philip Abbott as the prosecuting attorney and Richard Crenna as the slow-witted soldier. Some grim battle scenes precede the trial, so beware. This is not one for the kiddies.


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