Accused (1958 TV series)

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Accused
Genre dramatized court show
Starring Edgar Allan Jones, Jr.
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Production
Producer(s) Selig J. Seligman
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run December 10, 1958 – September 30, 1959

Accused is a 1958 dramatized court show consisting of filmed reenactments of actual court cases. The show was cancelled at the end of its first season.[1]

Background[edit]

In the summer of 1957, local television station KABC-TV began broadcasting Traffic Court, presenting re-enactments of traffic court cases and arraignments. The format proved popular and the show moved to ABC's national daytime schedule. It was soon followed by the syndicated Divorce Court and Day in Court. In December 1958, Accused debuted as the prime time version of Day in Court.[2]

Casting[edit]

Similar to other courtroom dramas of the time, the defendants and witnesses were actors (including, for example, Pamela Mason and Robert Culp). However, the defense and prosecution attorneys were real-life lawyers. The court was presided over by Edgar Allan Jones, Jr. Jones had a law degree from the University of Virginia, was a member of the UCLA law faculty and a labor arbitrator.[3]

  • Edgar Allan Jones, Jr. as the Judge
  • William Gwinn as the Substitute Judge
  • Jim Hodson as the Clerk
  • Tim Farrell as the Bailiff
  • Violet Gillmore as the Court Report (and Announcer)

Production[edit]

The show was produced by Selig J. Seligman, a former U.S. Army lawyer who served at the Nuremberg Trials. He later became an ABC Vice President as well as executive producer of Combat and Garrison's Gorillas.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Volume 1). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3305-6.
  2. ^ TV Courtroom Shows Proliferate in the Late 1950s (May 8, 2003). Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ UCLA School of Law Faculty Profiles
  4. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1976). The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs 1947-1976 (Vol. 1). South Brunswick and New York: A.S. Barnes and Company. ISBN 0-498-01561-0.