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Starring the Defense 

Miles Crawford, a former movie star, is now a successful attorney. When his young son Tod is charged with first degree murder, he hires the best criminal lawyer, but then convinces Tod that... See full summary »


Joseph Pevney


Henry Slesar (story and teleplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Richard Basehart ... Miles Crawford
Russell Collins ... Sam Brody
S. John Launer ... Ed Rutherford
Teno Pollick Teno Pollick ... Tod Crawford
Diane Mountford Diane Mountford ... Ruthie Rutherford
Jean Hale ... Babs Riordan
Christopher Connelly ... Rudy Trask
John Zaremba ... The Judge
Rockne Tarkington ... The Police Officer
Vince Williams Vince Williams ... The Court Bailiff
Selmer Jackson ... The Movie Chaplain
Nolan Leary ... The Movie Judge
Charles Fredericks Charles Fredericks ... The Movie Warden
Buster West ... The Movie Foreman


Miles Crawford, a former movie star, is now a successful attorney. When his young son Tod is charged with first degree murder, he hires the best criminal lawyer, but then convinces Tod that he should represent him at trial. His closing argument is an impassioned performance, bringing applause from spectators. Then the judge calls the attorneys into his chambers. The prosecutor has discovered some startling new evidence that may affect the case. Written by Lewis O. Amack (spoiler removed)

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15 November 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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In the courtroom scenes, the stenographer can frequently be seen not typing anything. See more »

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Slender Entry Despite Basehart Showcase
30 July 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The hour's a slim premise that gets stretched beyond capacity. Good thing production hired that fine actor Richard Basehart to carry the show. It's his intelligently restrained turn that kept me interested in what amounts to a one-note Perry Mason episode. Seems civil attorney Crawford's (Basehart) gets involved in his young son's (Pollick) killing of a rival over a girl's affections. Feeling guilty for being a poor father, Crawford seeks redemption by going all out in son's defense.

It's hard to tell where the story's going since there's no doubt about the youth's guilt. Seemingly, the only outstanding question is the degree of culpability—was it intentional (first degree murder), or spur-of-the-moment (manslaughter). Unfortunately, that's not a lot to drum up suspense for a dramatic hour confined mainly to a courtroom. Then too, Pollick's stumbling performance doesn't help. But, guys, there's the luscious Jean Hale providing brief blonde relief with a witness box turn. (Catch her in Perry Mason's "The Murderous Mermaid", where she shows both talent and striking good looks.)

Anyway, to me, the hour's a sub-standard entry, distinguished only by the superb Richard Basehart.

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