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Arrest and Trial 

Los Angeles is where Sergeant Nick Anderson and his fellow officers work to keep the streets safe. After the arrest of the accused, attorney John Egan plans their defense, while the prosecution is led by Jerry Miller.
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Complete series cast summary:
Ben Gazzara ...  Det. Sgt. Nick Anderson 30 episodes, 1963-1964
Chuck Connors ...  John Egan 30 episodes, 1963-1964
Roger Perry ...  Det. Sgt. Dan Kirby 30 episodes, 1963-1964
John Larch ...  Deputy DA Jerry Miller / ... 29 episodes, 1963-1964
Don Galloway ...  Mitchell Harris 26 episodes, 1963-1964
Joe Higgins ...  Jake Shakespeare / ... 24 episodes, 1963-1964
John Kerr ...  Assistant Deputy District Attorney Barry Pine / ... 18 episodes, 1963-1964
Noah Keen ...  Det. Lt. Bone / ... 17 episodes, 1963-1964
Nobuko Miyamoto Nobuko Miyamoto ...  Janet Okada 13 episodes, 1963-1964
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Los Angeles is where Sergeant Nick Anderson and his fellow officers work to keep the streets safe. After the arrest of the accused, attorney John Egan plans their defense, while the prosecution is led by Jerry Miller.

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English

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15 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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Arrest and Trial See more »

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(30 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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The format of this series consisted of the first half of each episode dealing with the crime investigation, the second half the trial. This format later, in part, inspired the similar but much longer-running Law & Order (1990). See more »

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Remade as Arrest & Trial (2000) See more »

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"Law and Order" Forerunner Ahead of it's Time....
30 January 2004 | by cariartSee all my reviews

Created by Earl Bellamy, "Arrest and Trial" was an early attempt to meld, a la "Law and Order", the processes of apprehending criminals, then following the legal system as the cases would be resolved. As 'cop' shows and 'lawyer' shows were among television's most popular genres at the time, ABC and Universal thought the program would be a major hit, and provided first-class talent both in front of, and behind the camera.

The 'Arrest' phase starred 33-year old Ben Gazzara, a highly respected actor who had made his mark on Broadway in "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof", and in film, in ANATOMY OF A MURDER. Possessing a quick, analytical mind, and a wry sense of humor, Gazzara's 'Nick Anderson' would quickly cut through alibis, and make arrests, aided by fellow detectives Roger Perry ("Harrigan and Son") and Noah Keen ("The Crimebusters").

The 'Trial' phase returned TV's "Rifleman", Chuck Connors, to the small screen, as John Egan, an intimidating yet sensitive attorney, and featured veteran actors John Larch (WRITTEN ON THE WIND) and John Kerr (SOUTH PACIFIC) as D.A.s representing the State.

While not as intellectual as "The Defenders", "Arrest and Trial" was unique as either side could win or lose a case, as opposed to Perry Mason's nearly flawless record. This was heady stuff for the early sixties!

Unfortunately, being on television's 'Number 3' network did the series in, as ABC had a much harder time attracting viewers than CBS and NBC, particularly when the program was promoted as 'quality'.

It would take 30 years before "Law and Order" could make the formula work!


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