The Defender (Studio One)


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The pilot for the television series, "The Defenders." The story of Walter and Kenneth Pearson, a father-and-son legal team. Broadcast as two segments of "Studio One," the story relates how the Pearsons defend a young man accused of killing a woman during a robbery attempt.




1h 41min


Robert Mulligan


Ralph Bellamy
Walter Preston
Martin Balsam
Francis Toohey
Steve McQueen
Joseph Gordon
Vivian Nathan
Mrs. Gordon
William Shatner
Kenneth Preston
Ian Wolfe
Judge Marsala
David J. Stewart
Dr. Victor Wallach
Russell Hardie
First Guard
Iggie Wolfington
Court Clerk
Arthur Storch
Seymour Miller
Frank Marth
First Reporter
Eileen Ryan
Betsy Fuller
Milton Selzer
2nd Guard
Rudy Bond
Peter D'Agostino
Dolores Sutton
Norma Lane
Rosetta LeNoire
Mary Ellen Bailey
John McGovern
Dr. Horace Bell
Michael Higgs
Sergeant James Sheeley
Betty Furness
Self / Commercial Spokeswoman
Irene Kane
Courtroom Observer
Florence Stanley
Courtroom Spectator
Ed Asner
Juror (uncredited)
Joby Baker
Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Morris
Anthony Carmonada (uncredited)