The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)
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A judge runs the risk of being compromised when he seeks to commute a death sentence.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Himself - Host
Richard Basehart ... Judge Zachary
Nico Minardos ... Parole Officer
Mary Murphy ... Karen Holm
Robert Crawford Jr. Robert Crawford Jr. ... Dave Zachary
Otto Kruger ... Justice Caleb Cooke
Edward Binns ... Matthew Connors
John Anderson ... Father Sheehan
Robert Bolger Robert Bolger ... Tony Figlia
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Moxie (as Elisha Cook)
Marcel Dalio ... Mr. Figlia
Ronald Long ... Ed Hanville
Walter Mathews ... Clerk of the Court
Kelly Thordsen ... Bailiff
Sondra Blake ... Dolores Figlia (as Sondra Kerr)


A judge runs the risk of being compromised when he seeks to commute a death sentence.

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

5 February 1963 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Four Star Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Inside the court
29 March 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

Don't wait for a classical court drama, it more complex that it could be. It's so rare a story about a judge as the main character. This short story gives us an offbeat and surprising picture, nearly the study of the problems a judge, a court judge, may encounter especially with teens. But although I found this fine, I expected a little more from it, a little more dramatic...Anyway, Dick Basehart gives here one powerful performance, no doubt about that, folks. Besides, I don't think that many judges would behave the way Basehart's character does in this episode. Not my favourite from the Dick Powell show, but you can try it if you can.

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