CTVA US Legal Drama - "The Defenders" (Herbert Brodkin/CBS) Season 3 (1963-64)

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Starring E.G. Marshall  & Robert Reed
Season 3 (CBS) (1963-64)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:

Rina Fox, Tom Alger, Cindy Rumbold , Leonard Rachiele,  Michael A. Levin, Bob Lamm
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


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 CBS Saturdays 9:00 pm Eastern
36 episodes

3.01 [067] The Defenders: THE WEEPING BABOON
28Sep63
Written by Reginald Rose
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Guest Stars:
Dennis Hopper (as Jason Thomas)
Judson Laire
Edward Binns
Michael Strong
The defendant: Jason Thomas (Dennis Hopper), who confessed to killing his
father and brother - and insists he's insane.

3.02 [068] The Defenders: THE EMPTY HEART
5Oct63
Written by Stanley Greenberg
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Guest Stars:
Lee Grant (as Norma Burgess)
Murray Hamilton
Sidney Blackmer
Norma Burgess (Lee Grant), on trial for killing a man she claims assaulted
her, faces a sceptical jury: she was twice convicted of prostitution.

3.03 [069] The Defenders: THE CAPTIVE
12Oct63
Written by Larry Cohen
Directed by Charles Dubin
Guest Stars:
Andrew Duggan (Lancer)
Mary Ficket
Ludwig Donath
Tim O'Connor
Robert Ellenstein
Dana Elcar (McGyver)
The complex maze of international diplomacy is explored when Preston tries
to work out a prisoner exchange involving an American jailed behind the
Iron Curtain on a trumped-up espionage charge.

3.04 [070] The Defenders: THE BAGMAN
19Oct63
Written by Roger H. Lewis
Directed by Robert Butler
Guest Stars:
Howard da Silva
Chester Morris (as Judge Philip Benning)
David Hooks
Judge Philip Benning (Chester Morris) faces a crisis of conscience when
he's asked to return a political favor by signing an illegal eviction notice.

3.05 [071] The Defenders: CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE
26Oct63
Written by Roger H. Lewis
Directed by Alex March
Guest Stars:
Carroll O'Connor
Janet Ward
Jerome Olson (or James?)
Louise Sorel
Eugene Patterson
Representing the plaintiff in a malpractice case, the Prestons face a
common roadblock: the defendant's fellow doctors refuse to testify against
their colleague.

3.06 [072] The Defenders: THE CRUEL HOOK
2Nov63
Written by Andrea Russo
Directed by Elliot Silverstein
Guest Stars:
William Shatner (as Assistant DA Cliff Sellers)
Gerald Hiken
Edward Asner (Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
Assistant DA Cliff Sellers (William Shatner) is torn by conflicting
emotions when he learns that his older brother committed a murder.

3.07 [073] The Defenders: THE STAR SPANGLED GHETTO
9Nov63
Written by Reginald Rose
Directed by Alex March
Guest Stars:
Kathleen Widdoes
Ossie Davis
    Richard Jordon
Gerald Hiken
Vincent Gardenia (All In the Family)
The Prestons defend a young couple who hoped to buy a ticket out of a
ghetto with the proceeds from an armed robbery.

3.08 [074] The Defenders: LOOPHOLE
16Nov63
Written by A.E. Hotcher
Directed by Charles Dubin
Guest Stars:
Harold J. Stone
Kathleen McGuire
James Patterson
An aging policeman (Harold J. Stone) blames his partner when he accidentally
shoots an innocent bystander.

3.09 [075] The Defenders: THE SEAL OF CONFESSION
30Nov63
Written by Ian McLellan Hunter
Directed by Alex March
Guest Stars:
Robert Webber (as Father George Phelps)
Biff McGuire
Malachi Throne
House Jameson
Father George Phelps (Robert Webber) faces a painful dilemma: after he
hears publisher Alfred Burns's murder confession, another man is charged with the crime.

3.10 [076] The Defenders: CLIMATE OF EVIL
7Dec63
Written by David Karp
Directed by Paul Stanley
Guest Stars:
Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap)
Lonny Chapman
Nan Martin
Warren Finnerty
Roland Winters
A drama focusing on the nature of penal institutions. A convicted embezzler
(Dean Stockwell) is accused of stabbing a sadistic prison guard.

3.11 [077] The Defenders: THE CROWD PLEASER
14Dec63
Written by Charles Garment
Directed by Don Richardson
Guest Stars:
Lou Antonio (as Danny Norton)
Ellen Madison
David Burns
with
Stephen Brooks
Years of boxing have taken their toll on Danny Norton (Lou Antonio), who
is charged with killing his estranged wife's boyfriend.

3.12 [078] The Defenders: OLD LADY IRONSIDES
21Dec63
Written by Robert Van Scoyk
Directed by Paul Bogart
Guest Stars:
Aline MacMahon (as Mary Alice Trotter)
Janet Margolin
Addison Powell
with
Mart Hulswit
Ex-suffragette Mary Alice Trotter (Aline MacMahon) flings herself back
into battle in behalf of an unwed mother-to-be who was expelled from high school.

3.13 [079] The Defenders: FUGUE FOR TRUMPET AND SMALL BOY
28Dec63
Written by David Rintels
Directed by James Sheldon
Guest Stars:
Patrick O'Neal,
Joyce Van Patten (sister of actor Dick Van Patten)
Joanna Roos
with
Peter Lazer
Neglected by his parents, 16-year-old Alan Slater buries himself in books
- until he's caught stealing one from the public library.

 
3.14 [080] The Defenders: CLAIRE CHEVEL DIED IN BOSTON
04Jan64 CBS Sat
Written by Ernest Kinoy
Directed by Paul Bogart
Guest Cast: [TA]
Barbara Baxley ........... Diedre Jael
Hershel Bernardi ......... Myron Bellmore
Barbara Harris ........... Margit Wolosung
Elliott Reid ............. Oscar Fraylock
Sidney Armus ............. Paul Grock
Doris Roberts ............ Minna Fraylock
Robert Drivas ............ Sean Haaron
George Furth ............. Bradford III
House Jameson ............ Caldicott
Neil Fitzgerald .......... Stacey
Bramwell Fletcher ........ Judge Cavanaugh
Richard Morse ............ Artie
Synopsis:
Bad notices have set the leading lady, the director, and the playwright
of a new play called "Claire Cheval" at each others' throats. It's all
getting the best of producer Myron Bullimore, who's more at home in real
estate anyway. To make peace among the temperamental troupe, Bellmore calls
on the Prestons, in this comedy episode of this normally dramatic series. [TA]

3.15 [081] The Defenders: THE LAST DAY
11Jan64
Written by Allan Chase
Directed by Charles Dubin
Guest Stars:
Ralph Meeker
Richard Kiley
Larry Hagman
A tense drama focusing on the parties involved in a legal execution.
The Prestons have 12 hours to persuade an acting governor (Richard Kiley)
to grant a clemency hearing to a convicted murderer (Ralph Meeker).

 
3.16 [082] The Defenders: BLACKLIST
18Jan64 CBS Sat
Written by Ernest Kinoy
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Guest Stars: [TA]
Jack Klugman ............ Joe Larch
John Baragrey ........... Producer Veigh
Howard St. John ......... Judson Kyle
Margaret Hayes .......... Maggie Daly
Brett Somers ............ Mildred Larch
(then wife of Jack Klugman)
Neva Patterson
Robert Drivas
Synopsis 1:
Actor Joe Larch (Jack Klugman) has spent 10 years on the "Blacklist" for
alleged Communist affiliation, and when he finally gets a part, a local
group begins a protest. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
An Emmy-winning drama by Ernest Kinoy. Blacklisted for alleged Communist
affiliations, an actor seeks aid from the Prestons.

3.17 [083] The Defenders: WHO'LL DIG HIS GRAVE?
25Jan64
Written by William Woolfolk
Directed by Charles Dubin
Guest Star:
Barry Morse (as Gregor Martin) (The Fugitive, Space 1999)
Ruth White
Gregor Martin (Barry Morse), derelict, drug addict and poet, confesses to
a murder he didn't commit - to protect a cafe owner who befriended him.

3.18 [084] The Defenders: ALL THE SILENT VOICES
1Feb64
Written by William Woolfolk
Directed by Gerald Mayer
Guest Stars:
James Gregory
Dana Elcar
Eileen Heckart
John Randolph
Law and conscience clash in this drama of a woman doctor (Eileen Heckart)
who opens an illegal birth-control clinic.

3.19 [085] The Defenders: THE SECRET
8Feb64
Written by Larry Cohen
Directed by Paul Bogart
Guest Stars:
Martin Landau (as Daniel Orren)(Mission: Impossible, Space 1999)
Georgann Johnson
Tim O'Connor
George Voskovec
After developing the formula for a superwoman, nuclear scientist Daniel
Orren (Martin Landau) destroys his notes - in violation of security regulations.

3.20 [086] The Defenders: THE PILL MAN
22Feb64 CBS (CBS rerun 8Jul65, Thursday 10:00pm)
Written by Albert Rubin and Charles Eckert
Directed by Leonard Horn
Guest Stars: [TA]
Teresa Wright ............. Anne Clark
Edward Binns .............. the DA
Douglas Campbell .......... Ed Clark
Lester Rawlins ............ Dr. Robert Hartog
Stuart Germain ............ Dr. William Nelson
Peter de Vise ............. Tom Grafton
Richard Bright ............ Phil Macy
John Crowther ............. Stanley
Synopsis:
Pharmacist Ed Clark has been arrested for selling narcotics to addicts
without a prescription. But Clark's motive is certainly not profit -
he charges the regular price for the drugs. [TA]

3.21 [087] The Defenders: DRINK LIKE A LADY
29Feb64 CBS Sat
Written by Ellen M. Violett
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Guest Stars:
Janice Rule ............... Sheila Phelps
Murray Hamilton ........... Bryan Phelps
Diana Douglas ............. Mary Andrews
(IMDB error - they have Donna Douglas)
J.D. Cannon ............... District Attorney
David Hurst ............... Dr. Schaeffer
Judson Laire .............. Judge
Synopsis 1:
In Miami, alcoholic Sheila Phelps wakes up to a nightmare:
her pocketbook contains the wallet of a man who lies dead in New York.
Synopsis 2:
Alcoholic Sheila Phelps wakes up in a Miami motel and in her pocketbook
finds the wallet of a man - who lies dead in a New York City apartment. [RF]

3.22 [088] The Defenders: SURVIVAL
14Mar64
Written by William Woolfolk
Directed by Tom Gries
Guest Stars:
Leslie Nielson (Police Squad, The Swamp Fox)
Burt Brinckerhoff
with
Bert Convy
George Wallace
Peter Duryea (son of actor Dan Duryea)
Billy Dee Williams
Tragedy results when a Marine drill sergeant - with a fanatic devotion to
military discipline - uses live ammunition in a training session.

3.23 [089] The Defenders: MOMENT OF TRUTH
21Mar64
Written by David Karp
Directed by Paul Bogart
Guest Stars:
Jack Gilford
Anne Jackson (wife of actor Eli Wallach)
Norman Fell (Dan August, Three's Company)
Preston faces one of the toughest legal battles of his career when Ken is
charged with bribing a juror.

3.24 [090] The Defenders: THE HIDDEN FURY
28Mar64
Written by George Baxt
Directed by Alexander MacKendrick
Guest Stars:
Susan Oliver (as Anna Leverton)
Joseph Anthony
Ben Piazza
Joan Copeland
The Prestons defend Anna Leverton (Susan Oliver), an emotionally disturbed
woman charged with murdering her psychiatrist's fiancee.

 3.25 [091] The Defenders: DIE LAUGHING
11Apr64 CBS Sat
Written by Roger Hill Lewis
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Guest Stars:
Milton Berle ............ Denny Martin
Marsha Hunt ............. Della Martin
Jan Murray .............. Himself
Lynn Loring ............. Blair Martin
Martyn Green ............ Dr. Fisher
Wesley Addy ............. Dr. Simons
Gene Wood ............... The Rev. Mr. Carson
John Boruff ............. The Judge
Synopsis 1:
Committed to a mental institution following a suicide attempt, comedian
Denny Martin retains the Prestons to fight for his release.
Synopsis 2:
After comedian Denny Martin attempts suicide, his wife has him committed
to a mental institution - but Denny's going to wage a legal fight to gain his release. [RF]

3.26 [092] The Defenders: MAY DAY!, MAY DAY!
18Apr64 CBS Sat
Written by Larry Cohen
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Guest Cast: [RF]
Torin Thatcher .......... Admiral Lucas Kiley
Skip Homeier ............ Lieutenant Commander Randolph Kiley
Tim O'Connor ............ James Evans
Frances Sternhagen ...... Louise Kiley
Herbert Nelson .......... Howard Weston
Peter Turgeon ........... Dr. Harold Abel
Synopsis:
An admiral who disagrees with U.S. foreign policy in his area of command
takes steps toward independent action and is arrested by the Justice Department.

3.27 [093] The Defenders: THE THIEF
25Apr64
Written by Robert Crean
Directed by David Greene
Guest Stars:
Glynis Johns (as Catherine Collins)
Laurence Naismith
Arrested for shoplifting, three-time loser Catherine Collins (Glynis Johns)
faces a possible life sentence. Her only hope: a plea of insanity.

3.28 [094] The Defenders: YANKEE COME HOME (copyright title)
(a.k.a. "Yankee Go Home")
02May64 CBS Sat
Written by Albert Ruben
Directed by Paul Bogart
Guest Cast: [RF]
Richard Kiley ........... Harvey Slaughter
Pilar Seurat ............ Lin Van Luyen
Frank Overton ........... Malcolm Page
Thomas Carlin ........... Eugene Bloch
Anne Seymour ............ Julianna Tripp
Tom Helmore ............. Hamilton Butler
Boris Tumarin ........... Chekrizi
Synopsis:
Newsman Harvey Slaughter moves to challenge the Government's travel restrictions
when his passport is confiscated after he visits Red China.

3.29 [095] The Defenders: THE MAN WHO SAVED HIS COUNTRY
9May64
Written by Albert Rubin
Directed by Elliot Silverstein
Guest Stars:
James Coburn (as Earl Chafee)
Mildred Dunnock
Earl Chafee (James Coburn), an unpretentious man who becomes an overnight
celebrity when he kills a Cuban Communist leader in self-defense.

3.30 [096] The Defenders: MIND OVER MURDER
16May64
Written by Roger H. Lewis
Directed by Leonard Horn
Guest Stars:
Ossie Davis
Emlyn Williams (as Gerald Lowen)
Arrested for murder, Gerald Lowen (Emlyn Williams) offers a strange motive:
his ESP powers indicated that he was the intended victim of the man he killed.

3.31 [097] The Defenders: THE SIXTH ALARM
23May64
Written by William Woolfolk
Directed by Lamont Johnson
Guest Stars:
Hershel Bernardi
Mart Hulswit
Rudy Bond
Simon Oakland
Marian Seldes
Once arrested for arson, Cy Wright is jailed again when his employer's
warehouse goes up in flames. The real culprit: the boss's son.

3.32 [098] The Defenders: THE FINE LINE
30May64
Written by Harold Gast
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Guest Stars:
Martin Balsam (as Bernard Maxwell)
Jessica Walter (Trapper John MD, Amy Prentiss)
Nancy Wickwire
Earl Hyman
On trial for felonious assault, prominent attorney Bernard Maxwell
(Martin Balsam) is also questioned about the dubious tactics he used in
his past legal triumphs.

3.33 [099] The Defenders: THE NON-VIOLENT
6Jun64
Written by Ernest Kinoy
Directed by Paul Bogart
Guest Stars:
James Earl Jones (Gabriel's Fire)
Ivan Dixon
Gene Raymond
Sam Groom
Arrested during a civil-rights demonstration, young Alton Pell spurns his
influential father's efforts to bail him out.

3.34 [100] The Defenders: STOWAWAY
13Jun64
Written by Edward De Blasio
Directed by Vincent Donehue
Guest Stars:
Lillian Gish
Paul Bertroya
Heywood Hale Broun
with
Cliff Carpenter
Caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally, a 19-year-old Italian boy
insists he belongs here - his father was an American GI.

3.35 [101] The Defenders: HOLLOW TRIUMPH
20Jun64
Written by Howard Fast
Directed by Paul Sylbert
Guest Stars:
Sam Wanamaker
Horace McMahon
Brenda Vaccaro .......... Sara
Nancy Marchand
A rare TV script by novelist Howard Fast. Stockbroker Edward Banter's
shady past - and present - comes to light when he goes on trial for the
murder of his shiftless cousin.

3.36 [102] The Defenders: THE UNCIVIL WAR
27Jun64
Written by Roger H. Lewis
Directed by David Greene
Guest Stars:
William Shatner
Ina Balin
Diana Van Der Vlis
Milton Selzer
Divorce laws come under fire as a couple seek to end their unhappy marriage
in New York - where the only grounds are adultery.

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