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The Public Defender - Badge of Honor

episode 1.9

USA 1954
produced by
Carroll Case, Hal Roach jr for Hal Roach Studios/CBS
directed by Paul Guilfoyle
starring Reed Hadley, Harry Carey jr, Sally Fraser, James Flavin, Emory Parnell, Frankie Darro, John Eldredge, Betty Finley, Kathleen Mulqueen, Louis Lettieri
screenplay by Howard J. Green, series created by Mort Lewis, Sam Shayon

TV-series
Public Defender

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Dan (Harry Carey jr) is a cop-on-probation who would love nothing more than to be an actual cop, but then he fowls up his first arrest of a pickpocket (Frankie Darro) when he fails to take down the name of a witness who has picked up a stolen wallet right after the pickpocket dropped it and handed it to Dan. At first, he decides to forge his report about the incident, but then guilt kicks in and he confesses everything to the pickpocket's public defender Matthews (Reed Hadley), who can't help but notice Dan has a good heart, so he urges Dan's superior (Emory Parnell) to keep him on the force - and it was the right decision, too, because years later, Dan is allowed to die a hero's death in the line of duty.

 

Rather an awful piece of crime television actually, not only because it's preachy, has written law and order all over it, and at the same time lacks any real suspense, but also because it carries such a weird message that actually supports a policeman taking the place of judge and jury, just because his heart is in the right place - while that's exactly why we have specific laws, so that men with their hearts in the right places cannot take law into their own hands, right? And then his main supporter is the man who is paid to defend the man the cop has arrested - now isn't that a conflict of interest? Shouldn't the interests of his defendants, however guilty he is, be his concern, and not a cop who fouls up. My oh my, what were they thinking when writing this?

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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