Studio One The Defender: Part 1 (1948–1958) HD online
|Episode cast overview, first billed only:|
|Ralph Bellamy||-||Walter Preston|
|Martin Balsam||-||Francis Toohey|
|Steve McQueen||-||Joseph Gordon (as Steven McQueen)|
|William Shatner||-||Kenneth Preston|
|Ian Wolfe||-||Judge Marsala|
|Vivian Nathan||-||Mrs. Anna Gordon|
|David J. Stewart||-||Dr. Victor Wallach|
|Russell Hardie||-||1st Guard|
|Iggie Wolfington||-||Court Clerk|
|Arthur Storch||-||Seymour Miller|
|Frank Marth||-||First Reporter|
|Eileen Ryan||-||Betsy Fuller|
|Milton Selzer||-||2nd Guard|
|John McGovern||-||Dr. Horace Bell|
|Michael Higgins||-||Sergeant James Sheeley|
Snippets of this 50 year old television drama were used in the 2007 television program "Boston Legal" (episode: Son of the Defender) where the now older Shatner recalled back to instances where he and his father (played by Ralph Bellamy) were in discussion of a man's innocence, played by the then unknown Steve McQueen. It melded well into the Boston Legal episode.
Edward Asner's acting debut in TV or film.
This episode would evolve into the series Preston & Preston (1961) which starred Robert Reed and E.G. Marshall in the roles played by William Shatner and Ralph Bellamy.