Climax! (1954–1958)

The Hanging Judge 



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Episode credited cast:
John Carradine ... Colonel Archer
Reginald Denny ... Ronnie Pond
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon ... (as Thomas P. Dillon)
Alex Frazer Alex Frazer
Art Gilmore ... Announcer
Cedric Hardwicke ... Sir Francis Brittain
Lumsden Hare
Hurd Hatfield ... Ted
Queenie Leonard
William Lundigan ... Himself - Host
Alan Marshal ... Camden
Raymond Massey ... Sir George Sidney
John Williams ... Sir Keith Nottingham


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Release Date:

12 January 1956 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Third and final appearance for John Carradine
27 January 2019 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

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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