Thursday night, January 12 1956, at 8:30PM on CBS, viewers saw John Carradine's third and final appearance on CLIMAX! with "The Hanging Judge," a far more fitting subject than Mark Twain whimsy like Huckleberry Finn. Sir Cedric Hardwicke plays the title role, described by CTVA (The Classic TV Archive): 'one of the most despised men in the legal profession clings tenaciously to the belief that English law is infallible. Because of his fixation he even stands trial for a murder he didn't commit.' IMDB's other reviewer is a discredited individual who claimed to have seen long ago lost titles from as far back as the silent era, so his comments must be taken with a grain of salt. There's no doubt as to the excellent cast, apart from Carradine's Colonel Archer, for we have Raymond Massey, John Williams, Hurd Hatfield, Reginald Denny, Alan Marshal, and Lumsden Hare, directed again by John Frankenheimer from Massey's own stage play, in which he never appeared. Another lost episode waiting to be found, like Carradine's initial CLIMAX "The First and the Last."
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