CTVA US Legal Drama - "Justice" (NBC) Season 2 (1954-55)

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Starring Garry Merrill (as Jason Tyler)  & Dane Clark/William Prince (as Richard Adams) 
Season 2 (NBC) (1954-55)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox, J. Fred MacDonald, Katherine Spring 
references:-
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)


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NBC Thursdays 8:30pm EST
 Starring:
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler (1954-55) (from season 2)
Dane Clark as Richard Adams #1 (1954) (exit #2.6) (Nov 1954)
William Prince as Richard Adams #2 (1954-56) (entry #2.7)(Nov 1954)

2.01 [26] Justice: THE FRIGHTENED CLOWN
30Sep54 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Mann Rubin
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler (new series regular)
Guest cast:
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Paul Hartman

Synopsis:
Two circus clowns want to adopt a child and become the prey of an unscrupulous gang of swindlers. [RF]
*NOTE: Syracuse Herald lists this episode as the start of the second season and that Gary Merrill will
now be a regular on the series.

 

  2.02 [27] Justice: THE TIMID THIEF
07Oct54 NBC Thur
Teleplay by George Bellak
Directed by Robert Stevens
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Frank McHugh
Patricia Collinge
Ben Gazzara

Synopsis:
Detectives are pursuing a shoplifter in need of help. [RF]

2.03 [28] Justice: TERROR ON THE TRACKS
14Oct54 NBC Thur
Teleplay by David Shaw
Directed by William Corrigan
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Skip Homeier ..... Frank Verrin
Gaby Rodgers ..... Jeanette Wilbec
Joseph Wiseman ... Vincent Wilbec
Russell Hardie ... Harry Knowles
Jim Boles ........ Detective Ryan
Synopsis:
A man is about to be deported for his part in the black market operation of a stolen gun ring. [RF]

2.04 [29] Justice: THE SAFECRACKER
21Oct54 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Jerome Ross
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Dane Clark as Richard Adams #1
Guest cast:
Leora Dana
Synopsis:
A man in the first days of adjustment after six years in prison, seems to backslid into his old ways. [RF]

2.05 [30] Justice: THE FIREBUG
28Oct1954
Teleplay by Irving Gaynor Neiman
Directed by Daniel Petrie
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Dane Clark as Richard Adams #1
Guest cast:
Rudy Bond .......... Phil
Harry Townes
Janet Ward
Arthur Storch

Synopsis:
A man accused of setting fire to an apartment house is arrested and jailed awaiting trial. When another fire
breaks out while he is in the clink the "Justice" scales swing another way to an unusual ending. [RF]

2.06 [31] Justice: RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
04Nov54 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Irving Gaynor Neiman
Directed by Daniel Petrie
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Dane Clark as Richard Adams #1 (exit episode) (replaced by William Prince)
Guest cast:
Jo DeSantis
Leona Powers
Joseph Walsh

Synopsis:
A minor theft leads a youth to a new way of life thanks to the efforts of the Legal Aid Society lawyer.
The case tells how a father decides to prosecute his own son for the theft of a pistol owned by the father. [RF]

2.07 [32] Justice: GAMBLE WITH LIFE
11Nov54 NBC Thur
Teleplay by George Bellak
Directed by Robert Stevens
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
William Prince as Richard Adams #2 (entry episode) (replaces Dane Clark)
Guest cast:
Polly Rowles
Synopsis:
A confirmed gambler makes the biggest bet of his life as he decides to gamble on a new life. [RF]

2.08 [33] Justice: EXPRESS TO DISASTER
18Nov54 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Henry Misrock
Directed by Robert Stevens
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
James Daly
June Lockhart

Synopsis:
An honest respectable bank teller is accused of stealing money from the purse of a hysterical woman on a subway.
He is cleared of the charge, but the damage to his reputation and social status is almost fatal. [RF]

2.09 [34] Justice: THE INVADER
25Nov54 NBC Thur
Teleplay by George Ault
Directed by George Gould
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Betty Field
Carmen Mathews

Synopsis:
A modern version of King Solomon's ancient dilemma. Which mother gets the child, the real mother, or the woman who
has raised and protected the child from infancy, when the real mother abandoned her? [RF]

2.10 [35] Justice: WITNESS TO MURDER
02Dec54 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Mann Rubin
Directed by Robert Stevens
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Ben Gazzara
Jeff Harris
Robert Emhardt

Synopsis:
Legal Aid lawyer Jason Tyler has a difficult time eliciting the truth from a witness. [RF]

2.11 [36] Justice: EDGE OF FEAR
09Dec1954 NBC Thur
Teleplay by George Bellak
Directed by Robert Stevens
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Peggy Ann Garner
William Redfield
Synopsis:
When a man stands high on a bridge, about to plunge to his death, one wrong word can send him down. It's up to Legal
Aid Society lawyer Sam Benson to provide the right words. [RF]

2.12 [37] Justice: DEATH FOR SALE
16Dec1954 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Jerome Coopersmith
Directed by Robert Stevens
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest Cast:
Royal Dano
Kevin Coughlin
Katherine Squire
Synopsis:
The true story tells of a struggling salesman who has been sold a used car which broke down the day after the sale.
He vows to kill the dealer despite the efforts of his wife. [RF]

2.13 [38] Justice: ESCAPE FROM FREEDOM
23Dec1954 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Henry Misrock
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Ed Begley
Synopsis:
A man released from prison after serving 40 years is frightened by the world and longs to return to his cell. [RF]

2.14 [39] Justice: A DOG, A BOY AND A GUN
30Dec1954 NBC Thur
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Kevin Coughlin
Paul Tripp

Synopsis:
A 10-year-old boy is sullen and defensive because of his lameness. His attitude changes when he finds a stray dog until
the owner shows up. The boy has no legal grounds for keeping the pet and his grief leads him to attempt vengeance. [RF]

2.15 [40] Justice: CRY WOLFE
06Jan1955 NBC Thur
Teleplay by George Bellak
Directed by Robert Stevens
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Martin Brooks
Robert H. Harris

Synopsis:
A true life story of a man accused of a robbery he did not commit. As he awaits trial another inmate is awaiting
sentence for a robbery which he, the first man committed. [RF]

2.16 [41] Justice: SAVE ME NOW
13Jan1955 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Stanley Niss
Directed by Robert Stevens
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Jack Warden
Gaby Rodgers

Synopsis:
A girl's fight against dope as she falls deeper into the pit of despair.

2.17 [42] Justice: OUT TO KILL
20Jan1955 NBC Thur
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Synopsis:
A young veteran whose hope of a future in business are blasted by his father's conviction for manslaughter threatens
the life of a lawyer. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
When a young veteran's father is convicted of manslaughter the man sets out to right the wrong by declaring war
on the Legal Aid Lawyer who defended the father. [RF]

2.18 [43] Justice: STRANGE TERROR
27Jan1955 NBC Thur
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Synopsis:
An amnesia victim is charged with murder.

2.19 [44] Justice: FATAL FRIENDSHIP
03Feb1955 NBC Thur
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Synopsis:
The Legal Aid Society takes over defense of a physically handicapped youth who was used as a tool in a cigar-store
robbery and left holding the bag. [RF]

2.20 [45] Justice: WITNESS FOR DEATH
10Feb55 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Anne Howard Bailey
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest Cast:
Jackie Cooper
Synopsis:
A young man sees his best friend leave the scene of a crime. He is torn
between loyalty to his pal and respect for the law. [RF]

2.21 [46] Justice: HOUSE OF HATRED
17Feb1955 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Nicholas Baehr
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest Cast:
Glenda Farrell
Frank McHugh

Synopsis:
Tyler doubles as Cupid when he tries to help out two tennagers who want to get married. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A teenager commits murder and the family begins to feel the impact of prejudice and persecution directed by
cruel neighbors. [RF]

2.22 [47] Justice: VIOLENCE AT STOVER'S CORNER
24Feb55 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Anne Howard Bailey
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest Cast:
Jeffrey Lynn
Russell Collins

Synopsis:
The forces of the law avert a lynching when an old hobo is charged with murder. [RF]

2.23 [48] Justice: JAIL BREAK
03Mar55 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Anne Howard Bailey
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest Cast:
Bruce Gordon
Bert Freed

Synopsis:
An attempted prison break leads justice on a new trail. [RF]

2.24 [49] Justice: REVENGE IS MINE
10Mar55 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Mann Rubin
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
William Prince as Richard Adams #2
Guest Cast:
Meg Mundy
Synopsis:
A man is released from prison after serving twelve years for a crime he did not commit and learns that his former
partner was supposed to have been murdered is living under an assumed name. He sets out for revenge. [RF]

2.25 [50] Justice: GUILTY SECRET
17Mar55 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Eugene Francis
starring Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest Cast:
Peter Mark Richman .... (as Mark Richman)
Patricia Breslin
Joey Walsh

Synopsis:
A parolee is threatened by a gang of young hoodlums who threatens to harm his wife if he divulges who they are.

2.26 [51] Justice: THUNDER ON TROY STREET
24Mar1955 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Douglas Stone
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Jarmila Novotna
Mikhail Rasumny

Synopsis:
The mother of a veteran who returns home to find his father has never forgiven him his teenage involvement with
a gang of hoodlums finds his younger brother ready to follow in his footsteps of delinquency. [RF]

2.27 [52] Justice: FEARFUL HOUR
31Mar1955 NBC Thur
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Mary Astor
Synopsis:
A forgotten film star has met with financial reverses but is given an opportunity for a comeback. In a desperate
effort to appear in all her former splendor, the actress cashes a large check for which she has no funds. She
impresses the producers but her falsification is discovered. Rather than face disgrace, she attempts suicide.
Jason Tyler intervenes and saves her life, but cannot prevent the story of her downfall from being publicized. [RF]

2.28 [53] Justice: THE WIRETAP CASE
07Apr1955 NBC Thur
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
June Lockhart
Joe Maross

Synopsis:
TV Repairman agrees to tap telephone wires. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A family man succumbs to the lure of easy wealth when he hired to help keep wire-tap equipment in condition and when
the job becomes distasteful he tries to quit only to learn of the power of the forces involved. [RF]

2.29 [54] Justice: SHADOW OF TERROR
14Apr1955 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Art Wallace
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Peggy Ann Garner
William Redfield

Synopsis:
A rejection from a girl upsets a young man to the point of mental unbalance. His persistent efforts to change
her mind make psychiatric treatment necessary. Legal Aid lawyer Jason Tyler helps the boy receive the proper care. [RF]

2.30 [55] Justice: SHOT IN THE DARK
21Apr1955 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Art Wallace
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Vanessa Brown .... Annie
Synopsis:
Story of a confused young man and the choice he must make. After taking part in an attempted robbery, a young man
must decide whether to confess to the police and so "rat" on his friend, or keep silent and endanger his own life. [RF]

2.31 [56] Justice: FEAR BY DAY
28Apr55 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Don Ettlinger
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest Cast:
Leora Dana
Synopsis:
A woman recognizes her long-lost brother in a news story about an armed
robbery. She gets in touch with him but soon regrets her action. [RF]

2.32 [57] Justice: THE BLUES KILL ME
05May1955 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Newton Meltzer
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Kim Hunter
Philip Abbott

Synopsis:
A woman's husband breaks under the pressures of everyday living and when her emotionally disturbed husband
is sent to jail to await trial for a crime he has committed, she works feverishly to have him admitted to
a hospital before his fear of prison tips his emotional balance even further. [RF]

2.33 [58] Justice: HARD TO GET (a.k.a. "Your Hit Parade")
12May1955 NBC Thur
written by Eugene Francis
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest Star:
Gisele MacKenzie
Murray Hamilton

Synopsis 1:
Jason Tyler helps a young singer fight a Broadway racket. The girl has come to New York to get her start,
but she has the misfortune to fall into the lands of a phony agent interested in money, not talent. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Story about song sharks in the music industry. [RF]
*Note: The song used in this drama "Hard to Get", became a big seller
on the real-life hit parade sung by Gisele Mackenzie (star of NBC's "Your Hit Parade" Sat 10:30 pm EST)

2.34 [59] Justice: BADGE OF DISHONOR
19May1955 NBC Thur
written by Anne Howard Bailey
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Arthur Franz
Lilia Skala

Synopsis:
A policeman accidentally injures an innocent bystander while chasing a criminal. Repercussions arise because the
officer is off duty when the accident occurs. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
An off-duty policeman averts a warehouse robbery but in so doing is involved in the injury to a night watchman.
He is held responsible for both civil and departmental trial. [RF]

2.35 [60] Justice: THE INTRUDER
26May55 NBC Thur
written by Newton Meltzer
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Eva Gabor
Synopsis:
A rich American marries a European woman and brings her home to the U.S. His sister, jealous of the bride,
tries to break up the marriage. [RF]

2.36 [61] Justice: THE FRIGHTENED COED
02Jun1955 NBC Thur
written by Alvin Boretz
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest Cast:
William Daniels
William Lundmark

Synopsis:
A woman is struck by an auto in a hit-and-run accident. A witness has the license number of the car, but there
is no sure information about the driver. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A college student involved in a hit-and-run auto accident and believes that his buddy was really guilty. [RF]

[--] 09Jun1955 repeat of episode "Hard to Get" with Gisele Mackenzie originally aired on May 12
and presented again due to the request of many viewers.

2.37 [62] Justice: UNCOMMON THIEF
16Jun1955 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Harold Gast
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Charles Coburn
Synopsis:
A three-time loser is given one last chance to reform. His son becomes his "jailer" but all seems
lost until a family crisis arises. [RF]

2.38 [63] Justice: STORM WARNING
23Jun1955 NBC Thur
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Wayne Morris
Synopsis:
A teenager in need of love and understanding turns to the way of crime with some of his acquaintances
during the course of his rebellion. [RF]

2.39 [64] Justice: PATTERN OF GUILT
30Jun1955 NBC Thur
Teleplay by Alfred Brenner
starring
Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler
Guest cast:
Joan Potter
Synopsis:
A girl seeks to buy love and friendship with stolen gifts.

*NOTE: A panel-quiz show called "Make the Connection" is the summer replacement series for "Justice".

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