Sam Benedict

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Sam Benedict
Edmond O'Brien Yvonne Craig Sam Benedict 1963.JPG
Genre Legal drama
Created by E. Jack Neumann
Written by Joseph Calvelli
E. Jack Neuman
John Hawkins
Laurence Heath
Ellis Marcus
Sidney Marshall
Paul Mason
Art Wallace
Directed by Abner Biberman
Lawrence Dobkin
Richard Donner
Ida Lupino
Don Medford
Paul Nickell
Boris Sagal
Starring Edmond O'Brien
Richard Rust
Joan Tompkins
Theme music composer Nelson Riddle
Composer(s) Jeff Alexander
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 28
Production
Producer(s) William Froug
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production company(s) MGM Television
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 15, 1962 (1962-09-15) – March 30, 1963 (1963-03-30)

Sam Benedict is an American legal drama that aired on NBC from September 1962 to March 1963. The series was created and executive produced by E. Jack Neuman.

Sam Benedict is based on real-life lawyer Jacob W. "Jake" Erlich, who served as technical consultant for the series.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

The series starred Edmond O'Brien as flamboyant San Francisco attorney Sam Benedict. Richard Rust portrayed his 24-year-old associate, Hank Tabor. Joan Tompkins co-starred in all episodes as Trudy Wagner.[2] Most episodes followed two story lines: first Benedict's case and then Tabor's.

The series was modeled on the career of famous defense lawyer and author Jake Ehrlich, who served as a technical consultant to the program.

Guest stars[edit]

Joseph Schildkraut received a best actor Emmy Award nomination for his guest role.[3] I

Reception and cancellation[edit]

Sam Benedict faced competition from two variety programs: The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show on ABC (which was axed before Sam Benedict) and the first season of The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS.

In the 1963-1964 season, Sam Benedict was replaced at the 7:30 Eastern time slot on Saturdays by another MGM series about a trainee and his mentor: The Lieutenant starring Gary Lockwood and Robert Vaughn,.[4] Rebroadcasts of the series continued from April to September 7, 1963.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1029. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  2. ^ Joan Tompkins, "Trudy Wagner" on Sam Benedict:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0867000/
  3. ^ "Awards for Sam Benedict". imdb.com. Retrieved 1 November 2010. 
  4. ^ 1962-1963; 1963-1964 American network television schedules

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