Public Defender (1954– )
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A soldier about to ship out of the country is on his way home to his pregnant wife. He gets a ride with a woman who takes him as far as the car rental place. Later that night, the man and ... See full summary »

Director:

Harve Foster

Writers:

Jerry D. Lewis (teleplay), Mort R. Lewis (creator) (as Mort Lewis) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Reed Hadley ... Bart Matthews
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Dominic
Donna Martell ... Maria
Alan Hale Jr. ... Sparky Albright (as Alan Hale)
Robert Bray ... Lt. Bell
Elaine Edwards ... Jane
Vernon Rich Vernon Rich ... Mr. Bentley
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A soldier about to ship out of the country is on his way home to his pregnant wife. He gets a ride with a woman who takes him as far as the car rental place. Later that night, the man and his wife are arrested for stealing the car and hitting an old, blind woman. The Public Defender searches for the young woman who gave him a ride, but she seems to not exist. Written by Michelle P.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 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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Enjoyable but not exactly realistic
5 October 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The cases presented on "Public Defender" are supposedly taken from actual cases across the United States. However, in so many shows Bart Matthews spends countless hours investigating cases...something real public defenders rarely ever do. Still, the show is entertaining.

When it begins, a guy on leave from the military is headed how to see his pregnant wife before he ships overseas. A nice lady stops to give him a lift and he accidentally leaves his wallet in the car. Unfortunately, the rented car is later used by someone who runs over a blind woman...and with the wallet in the car the cops assume the soldier did it. So, it's up to Bart to sift through the records and interview people in order to try to locate the woman who picked up the accused.

The most interesting reason to see the show is to see Alan Hale Jr. (the Skipper from "Gilligan's Island") in one of the roles. Otherwise, it's a bit unrealistic but enjoyable enough to make it worth your time if you like the series. I do...even though Matthews (Reed Hadley) is stiff as a board and makes Joe Friday look like a swinger!


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