The Defenders (1961)

Season 3 Episode 29

The Man Who Saved His Country

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Aired Saturday 8:30 PM May 09, 1964 on CBS
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  • Visiting New York, a coarse redneck gets involved in a fight at his cheap hotel, and inadvertently kills a man in a nearby room. But the dead man transpires to be a Cuban official, and tabloid newspapers become interested.moreless

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    This was a terrifying episode and it has stayed in my mind for decades. James Coburn gave a really scary performance as a brainless right-winger who has simply hit a stranger a bit too hard in a silly fight, but who, on learning that the dead man is a Castro supporter, presents himself at his trial as a super-patriot registering his objections to America's Communist neighbour. Although the Prestons, defending him, aim for a straightforward manslaughter plea and as short a sentence as possible, he (and the newspapers) play up the patriotic line, and he is found not guilty. The announcement of the verdict is accompanied by cheers and hymn-singing - an alarming depiction of brutish simple-mindedness successfully masquerading as idealism. Not many other drama series of the 60s would have dared this degree of moral sophistication, or done it as well.moreless
Joan Hackett

Joan Hackett

Joan Miller

Robert Reed

Robert Reed

Kenneth Preston

E.G. Marshall

E.G. Marshall

Lawrence Preston

Polly Rowles

Polly Rowles

Helen Donaldson (1961-1962)

Monroe Arnold

Monroe Arnold

Mr. Hirschman

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James Coburn

James Coburn

Earl Chafee

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Mildred Dunnock

Mildred Dunnock

Irene Brennan

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Salem Ludwig

Salem Ludwig

District Attorney

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Simon Oakland

Simon Oakland

Himself

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