The Defenders (1961)

Season 3 Episode 27

The Thief

Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Apr 25, 1964 on CBS

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  • A respectable, fairly affluent middle-class lady is arrested for shoplifting, and the Prestons defend her.

    An intriguing examination of the compulsion that a seemingly respectable woman has to steal. Is she really a thief, or is she the tragic victim of a genuine psychological disorder - kleptomania - that makes her purloin things that she does not need, or even really want? Could it be that the kleptomania plea the Prestons offer is really a get-out clause, an example of class distinction whereby thieves from a well-off background can escape the full force of the law in a way denied to less wealthy felons? The issue is examined carefully, and good use is made of the slightly eccentric persona of Glynis Johns, who was best known for comedy work, in the title role.