Public Defender (1954– )

The Big Steel 

A man is accused of purposely running a co-worker down and is arrested for attempted murder. But the Public Defender is able to get him off after talking to his other co-workers. Oh, but wait, that's only half the story.

Director:

Harve Foster

Writers:

Mort R. Lewis (creator) (as Mort Lewis), Lee Loeb (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Reed Hadley ... Bart Matthews
Gene Reynolds ... Eddie Fraser
Gregg Palmer ... Pete Corey
Bill Crandall Bill Crandall ... Bill Edwards
Betty Caulfield Betty Caulfield ... Jane Bronson
Alan Dexter ... Joe Harris
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Brody
Gil Frye Gil Frye ... Man in Cafe
Fran Bennett ... Barbara
Bob Reeves ... Steelworker
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A man is accused of purposely running a co-worker down and is arrested for attempted murder. But the Public Defender is able to get him off after talking to his other co-workers. Oh, but wait, that's only half the story.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1955 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An unsatisfying ending hindered this one.
15 April 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Reed Hadley starred in the successful but short-lived series, "Racket Squad". Shortly after it was canceled, he returned with another show that looked and sounded almost like "Racket Squad" but with a few minor changes. "Public Defender" had a similar introduction and Hadley's playing the lawyer, Bart Matthews, was almost like a clone of his Captain Braddock on the previous show. Fortunately, since I really like "Racket Squad", watching most of the episodes of "Public Defender" was also very pleasant. However, "The Big Steel" was not one of the better episodes of the series.

The show begins with a forklift nearly rolling over Pete Corey. No one was in the machine and it somehow rolled down a ramp and nearly crushed the guy. The man who had been driving it, Eddie, was arrested--but there really wasn't much evidence that he was responsible so the case was dropped. However, although now a free man, Eddie cannot live with his secret and he spills his guts to Matthews.

The story of how Pete had been bullying Eddie as well as how universally hated Eddie was worked for me. However, the ending just made very little sense and left me frustrated. See this one yourself and tell me what you think.


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