Arrest and Trial

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Arrest and Trial
Chuck Connors Joseph Schildkraut Arrest and Trial 1963.JPG
Chuck Connors as John Egan and guest star Joseph Schildkraut as his client
Genre Crime/legal drama
Starring Ben Gazzara
Roger Perry
Chuck Connors
John Larch
Theme music composer Bronisław Kaper
Composer Franz Waxman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes30
Executive producerFrank P. Rosenberg
ProducersArthur H. Nadel
Frank P. Rosenberg
Charles Russell
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time90 mins.
Production company Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1963 (1963-09-15) 
September 6, 1964 (1964-09-06)
Chuck Connors and guest star Broderick Crawford (1963) Chuck Connors Broderick Crawford Arrest and Trial 1963.jpg
Chuck Connors and guest star Broderick Crawford (1963)

Arrest and Trial is a 90-minute American crime/legal drama [1] [2] series that ran during the 1963-1964 season on ABC, airing Sundays from 8:30-10 pm Eastern.



The majority of episodes consists of two segments. Set in Los Angeles, the first part ("The Arrest") followed Detective Sergeants Nick Anderson (Ben Gazzara) and Dan Kirby (Roger Perry) of the Los Angeles Police Department as they tracked down and captured a criminal. The apprehended suspect was then defended in the second part ("The Trial") by criminal attorney John Egan (Chuck Connors), who was often up against Deputy District Attorney Jerry Miller (John Larch) and his assistant, Barry Pine (John Kerr, who later became an actual lawyer).

Gazzara agreed to play the role of Anderson only after extracting a promise from the producer that scripts would avoid stereotypical depictions of police officers.

In a 1963 TV Guide interview, Gazzara described his portrayal of Anderson: "I'm supposed to be a thinking man's cop. I'm a serious student of human behavior, more concerned with what creates the criminal than how to punish him. In other words, I'm not the kind of cop who asks, 'Where were you the night of April 13th?' It's my job to show that there is room for passion and intellectualism and personal display even within a policeman."

Arrest and Trial debuted on September 15, 1963. Its last telecast was on April 19, 1964. On April 24, 1964, it became the first American import to be broadcast on the UK's BBC2.

The same premise was adopted decades later by a more financially successful series, Law & Order , although the focus is on the prosecutorial side for that series.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Call It a Lifetime"John BrahmHerb MeadowSeptember 15, 1963 (1963-09-15)
A truck driver in pursuit of cargo thieves fatally drives off the road a motorcycle policeman he had previously threatened.
2"Isn't It a Lovely View"Jack SmightDon Brinkley (based on a story by David Friedkin and Morton Fine)September 22, 1963 (1963-09-22)
A man is stabbed on a bench outside an amusement park, unraveling a dark tale of industrial espionage and blackmail. A disabled woman who spends hours looking at the surroundings from a nearby building à la Rear Window claims she did not see anything... or did she?
3"Tears from a Silver Dipper"Arthur H. Nadel (also producer)Sy SalkowitzSeptember 29, 1963 (1963-09-29)
A soldier of Mexican ethnicity is accused of theft and murder against a backdrop of prejudice.
4"A Shield is for Hiding Behind"David Lowell Rich (also producer)John McGreeveyOctober 6, 1963 (1963-10-06)
Sgt. Anderson kills in self-defense a gang member suspected of murdering a policeman, but is put on trial for second-degree murder. Only the gang member's kid brother knows the truth, but he can't bring himself to tarnish the idealized image of his sibling in the eyes of his parents.
5"My Name is Martin Burnham"Ralph SenenskyLarry CohenOctober 13, 1963 (1963-10-13)
A construction worker is brought in for questioning about assaults on women in his neighborhood. Although a victim directly exonerates him, the experience leaves him shaken. Incapable of returning home to face his family, he attempts to commit suicide by jumping from the skyscraper under construction where he used to work; but it is the foreman - responsible for firing him - who struggled to stop him who falls down the building. He is put on trial for first-degree murder, where he is determined to secure the death penalty for himself.
6"A Flame in the Dark"Arthur H. NadelRichard FielderOctober 20, 1963 (1963-10-20)
7"Whose Little Girl Are You?"Jack SmightPaul Mason and Kenneth M. Rosen (based on a story by Rosen)October 27, 1963 (1963-10-27)
8"The Witnesses"Alex MarchMax EhrlichNovember 3, 1963 (1963-11-03)
9"Inquest Into a Bleeding Heart"David Lowell RichAntony EllisNovember 10, 1963 (1963-11-10)
10"The Quality of Justice" Sydney Pollack [3] Howard RodmanNovember 17, 1963 (1963-11-17)
11"We May Be Better Strangers"TBATBADecember 1, 1963 (1963-12-01)
12"Journey into Darkness"TBATBADecember 8, 1963 (1963-12-08)
13"Some Weeks Are All Mondays"TBATBADecember 15, 1963 (1963-12-15)
14"Run, Little Man, Run"TBATBADecember 22, 1963 (1963-12-22)
15"Funny Man with a Monkey"Ralph SenenskyJerome RossJanuary 5, 1964 (1964-01-05)
16"Signals of an Ancient Flame"TBATBAJanuary 12, 1964 (1964-01-12)
17"Onward and Upward"Herman HoffmanMark RodgersJanuary 19, 1964 (1964-01-19)
18"An Echo of Conscience"TBATBAJanuary 26, 1964 (1964-01-26)
19"Somewhat Lower Than the Angels"TBATBAFebruary 2, 1964 (1964-02-02)
20"People in Glass Houses"TBATBAFebruary 9, 1964 (1964-02-09)
21"The Best There Is"TBATBAFebruary 16, 1964 (1964-02-16)
22"A Roll of the Dice"TBATBAFebruary 23, 1964 (1964-02-23)
23"The Black Flower"TBATBAMarch 1, 1964 (1964-03-01)
24"A Circle of Strangers"TBATBAMarch 8, 1964 (1964-03-08)
25"Modus Operandi"TBATBAMarch 15, 1964 (1964-03-15)
26"Tigers Are for Jungles"TBATBAMarch 22, 1964 (1964-03-22)
27"The Revenge of the Worm"Charles S. DubinBen MaddowMarch 29, 1964 (1964-03-29)
28"He Ran for His Life"TBATBAApril 5, 1964 (1964-04-05)
29"Those Which Love Has Made"TBATBAApril 12, 1964 (1964-04-12)
30"Birds of a Feather"TBATBAApril 19, 1964 (1964-04-19)

Guest stars


Arrest and Trial earned four Emmy nominations in 1964. Two were for Martine Bartlett and Anjanette Comer for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress, one was for Roddy McDowall for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor, and the other was for Danny Landres, Milton Shifman and Richard Wray for Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Television. [4]

Home media

On November 22, 2011, Timeless Media Group released Arrest and Trial- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1. The 10-disc set features all 30 episodes of the series. [5]

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