CTVA US Legal Drama - "For The People" (Herbert Brodkin/Plautus/CBS)(early1965) William Shatner

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Brenner (1959,64)  The Defenders (1961-65) The Nurses (1962-65)
 Espionage (1963-64) For the People (1965) Coronet Blue (1967)
For the People
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Bob Lamm, New York, Rina Fox, Tom Alger

Bob Lamm (New York)<blamm@concentric.net>
Author of Articles on another Herbert Brodkin series "The Nurses" in
"The Journal Of Popular Television Volume 23 no. 2 Summer 1995
article entitled -"The Nurses: Television's Forgotten Gems"

references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive
The Herbert Brodkin Retrospective by The Museum Of Broadcasting
(now The Museum Of Television Of Radio) - Bob Lamm
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FOR THE PEOPLE
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Plautus Productions, Inc.
for
CBS (Sundays)
Executive Producer Herbert Brodkin
Produced by Joel Katz
US Legal Drama series 1965 13 episodes x 60 min bw
31Jan65-09May65
starring
William Shatner as Asst. D.A. David Koster
Jessica Walter as Phyllis Koster, his wife
Howard Da Silva as D.A Anthony Celese, his boss
Lonny Chapman as Det. Frank Malloy

Premise:
Cases of a New York Assistant District Attorney.
Fortunately for "Star Trek" fans, "For The People" was canceled -
(though it had been highly aclaimed); had the show been renewed for the
1965-66 season Shatner would not have been available to begin work
on "Star Trek "

Herbert Brodkin/Plautus Productions produced "Brenner",
"The Defenders" "The Doctors and The Nurses" "For The People"
and "Espionage" and "Coronet Blue"

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The Defenders: 2.10 [42] THE INVISIBLE BADGE
24Nov62
Written by William Woolfolk
Directed by John Newland
Guest Stars:
William Shatner
Lois Smith
with
Joe Maross
Bert Wheeler
William Shatner stars as an assistant DA whose career is threatened when
he's accused of accepting a bribe.

The Defenders: 3.06 [072] 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.

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CBS Sundays 31Jan65-09May65
 
1.1 [--] For The People: TO PROSECUTE ALL CRIMES
31Jan65 CBS Sun
Written by Ernest Kinoy, Albert Sanders
Directed by David Greene
Starring:
William Shatner (as Asst. D.A. David Koster)
Guest Cast:
Patrick McVey
Gerald O'Loughlin
Alan Bunce
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1.2 [--] For The People: THE KILLING OF ONE HUMAN BEING
07Feb65 CBS Sun (CBS repeat 14Mar65)
Written by Ernest Kinoy
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Starring:
William Shatner (as Asst. D.A. David Koster)
Guest Cast:
Martin Sheen ...... Louis Cahane
Peggy Wood ........ Mrs. Murray
Robert Drivas
Philip Bosco ...... Willard
James Broderick ... Miller
Larry Haines ...... Madigan
Synopsis:
Louis Cahane, charged with first-degree murder, feels certain that
he'll get off easy. And Koster, equally sure he'll get a conviction,
wonders why Cahane is so confident.[TA]

1.3 [--] For The People: GUILT SHALL NOT ESCAPE NOR INNOCENCE SUFFER
14Feb65 CBS Sun (CBS repeat 18Apr65)
Written by Dave and Andy Lewis
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Starring:
William Shatner (as Asst. D.A. David Koster)
Guest Cast:
Paul Hartman ...... Samuel Chapin
Tom Carlin ........ Patrolman Dutka
Walter Moulder .... Martin Jameson
Ruth White ........ Mrs. Krug
Carl Low .......... Weed
Andrew Duncan ..... Krist
Synopsis:
Koster feels he has an airtight case against vagrant Samuel Chapin,
who's been charged with burglary and assaulting an officer. Chapin, who
was arrested at the scene of the crime, admits to assault - but denies
any part in the theft. [TA]

1.4 [--] For The People: THE INFLUENCE OF FEAR
21Feb65 CBS Sun
Written by Art Wallace
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Starring:
William Shatner (as Asst. D.A. David Koster)
Guest Cast:
Jaime Sanchez ...... Raphael
Philip Bosco ....... Willard [as Phil Bosco]
Sam Gray ........... Doctor
Diana Douglas ...... Miss Brandon
Nicholas Colasanto.. Kojek
Carlos Montalban ... Father
Synopsis:
A Puerto Rican boy is charged with murdering an elderly woman and the
public is clamoring for a death sentence. [RF]

1.5 [--] For The People: ACT OF VIOLENCE (cross-over episode)
28Feb65 CBS Sun
(continued from "The Doctors and The Nurses" 23Feb65)
Written by Albert Ruben
Directed by Sam Wanamaker
Starring:
William Shatner (as Asst. D.A. David Koster)
Guest Cast:
Joseph Campanella .... Dr. Ted Steffen
Jeffrey Rowland ...... Robert Bauer
Nehemiah Persoff ..... Stephen Wiseman
Joan Lorring ......... Jean Bow
Joseph Anthony ....... Stanley Bauer
Leora Dana ........... Betty Bauer
Barry Primus ......... Bob
Synopsis:
Emotionally disturbed Robert Bauer kills his teacher during an argument,
and Koster, who's been assigned to prosecute, wants conviction for
second-degree murder. [TA]
(*Note: this episode began on "The Doctors and The Nurses" 23Feb65)

1.6 [--] For The People: BETWEEN CANDOR AND SHAME
07Mar65 CBS Sun
Written by Leon Tokatyan
Directed by Tom Gries
Starring:
William Shatner (as Asst. D.A. David Koster)
Guest Cast:
Phil Leeds
Lloyd Gough ........ Horrell
Neva Patterson ..... Mrs. Horrell
Walter Moulder ..... Jameson
Synopsis:
After a detective arrests a bookstore owner for displaying an allegedly
obscene novel, the man files suit for false arrest and defamation. [RF]

[--] 14Mar65 rerun of #1.2 "The Killing Of One Human Being" (first aired 7Feb65)

1.7 [--] For The People: DANGEROUS TO THE PUBLIC PEACE AND SAFETY
21Mar65 CBS Sun
Written by Robert Thom
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Starring:
William Shatner (as Asst. D.A. David Koster)
Guest Cast:
Lesley Ann Warren .. Terry
Tony Bill .......... Buddy
Sally Gracie ....... Corrina
William Roerick .... Holland
David Doyle ........ Sweet William
Jerome Raphael ..... Marco
Synopsis:
The police search for an emotionally disturbed teen-ager suspected of
killing six girls. [RF]

1.8 [--] For The People: SECURE ANY SPECIAL PRIVILEGE OR ADVANTAGE
28Mar65 CBS Sun
Written by Al Sargent
Directed by Hirb Hirschman
Starring:
William Shatner (as Asst. D.A. David Koster)
Guest Cast:
Dick Shawn ......... Ernie Garatella
Carol Rossen ....... Edna
Frank Campanella ... Foreman
Lou Polan .......... Smithson
Joseph Warren ...... Captain
John C. Becher ..... Griggs
Synopsis:
Actor Ernie Garatella is picked up for impersonating an officer. [RF]

1.9 [--] For The People: THE RIGHT TO KILL
04Apr65 CBS Sun
Written by Max Erlich
Directed by Robert Stevens
Guest Cast:
Gary Merrill ....... Whaley
Horace McMahon ..... Herrick
Al Freeman, Jr. .... Johnson
Paul Sparer ........ Roth
Synopsis:
A prison guard claims he killed in self-defense, but the evidence
points in the direction of murder. [RF]

1.10 [--] For The People: WITH INTENT TO INFLUENCE
11Apr65 CBS Sun
Written by Ernest Kinoy
Directed by Herschel Daugherty
Starring:
William Shatner (as Asst. D.A. David Koster)
Guest Cast:
Lee Grant .......... Carol
John Beal .......... Genessee
Larry Gates ........ Mallet
George Tyne ........ Hart
John Randolph ...... Canfield
Synopsis:
A high official suppresses evidence of his involvement in an old
political scandal: the truth will cost him a state-assembly nomination. [RF]

[--] 18Apr65 rerun of #1.3 "Guilt Shall Not Escape" (first aired 14Feb65)

1.11 [--] For The People: SEIZED, CONFINED AND DETAINED
25Apr65 CBS Sun
Written by Art Wallace
Directed by Paul Almond
Starring:
William Shatner (as Asst. D.A. David Koster)
Guest Cast:
Lloyd Bochner ...... Haviland
Don Francks ........ Larkin
Christopher Man .... Bobby Haviland
Logan Ramsey ....... Vickers
John Henry Faulk ... Reynolds
Ellen McRae (aka Ellen Burstyn) ...... Maria
Synopsis:
Young Bobby Haviland is kidnapped and he's a diabetic who requires a
daily dose of insulin. [RF]

1.12 [--] For The People: ANY BENEVOLENT PURPOSE
02May65 CBS Sun
written by Harold Gast
Directed by Howard Da Silva
Starring:
William Shatner (as Asst. D.A. David Koster)
Guest Cast:
James Whitmore ..... Hillard Vance
Eduard Franz ....... Judge Newman
William Daniels .... Fred Rice
Walter Moulder ..... Martin Jameson
Alfred Hinckley .... Aiello
Synopsis:
Small-time confidence man Fred Rice is arrested and he accuses the
executive director of a multimillion-dollar charity of stealing a fortune
through kickbacks. [RF]

1.13 [--] For The People: A COMPETENT WITNESS (aka "Go Fight City Hall") (final episode)
09May65 CBS Sun
Teleplay by Ernest Kinoy / Story by David Karp
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Starring:
William Shatner (as Asst. D.A. David Koster)
Guest Cast:
Ned Glass .......... Joe Turker
Larry Haines ....... Hyman
Arny Freeman ....... Fishman
Lou Antonio ........ Lupton
James Dukas ........ Officer
Al Waxman .......... Berkowitz
Synopsis:
Ex-convict Joe Turker has identified a policeman's killer but Koster
can't count on his testimony being believed in court. [RF]

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