The Paper Chase (1978–1986)

The Source 

Hart notices a respected judge has inconsistent rulings and goes to talk with his clerk, (an alumni). The clerk is reluctant to being openly named as a source revealing that the judge has been dishonest with his rulings.

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John Jay Osborn Jr. (based on the novel by), James Bridges (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode credited cast:
John Houseman ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
James Stephens ... James T. Hart
Tom Fitzsimmons Tom Fitzsimmons ... Franklin Ford III
James Keane ... Willis Bell
Andra Millian ... Laura Kiernan
Michael Tucci ... Gerald Golden
Diana Douglas ... Professor Tyler
Clare Kirkconnell ... Rita Harriman
Peter Nelson Peter Nelson ... Tom Ford
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Vivian Conway (as Penny Johnson)
Lainie Kazan ... Rose Samuels
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Merritt Butrick ... Shaffer
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Hart notices a respected judge has inconsistent rulings and goes to talk with his clerk, (an alumni). The clerk is reluctant to being openly named as a source revealing that the judge has been dishonest with his rulings.

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English

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6 August 1985 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Kingsfield exercises the rare right to squash an article in "Law Review".
27 March 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode was directed by Georg Stanford Brown, a familiar face in the 70s and 80s (he was a regular on "The Rookies" on TV and was quite memorable in "Stir Crazy"). Brown managed to parlay his acting into opportunities to direct many times. He also was, incidentally, married to Tyne Daly for quite a few years.

A judge who is on the state supreme court has gained some notice by the folks at "Law Review" since the guy's decisions post-nomination to this high court and his previous decisions are opposed to each other. It could be that the guy has just changed over time...people do. But when the man's clerk contends that it's part of a quid pro quo and he's letting the governor influence his decisions, Hart is ready to run an article on it in the publication. But there are two problems...the clerk refuses to come forward and tell others AND Kingsfield refuses to run any article with 'an unnamed source'. What's next?

This is a decent episode and brings up a lot of issues concerning journalistic integrity and undisclosed sources. Well worth seeing.


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