The Court of Last Resort

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The Court of Last Resort
Genre Dramatized court show
Created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Harry Steeger
Directed by Tom Gries
Reginald Le Borg
Starring Robert H. Harris
Carleton Young
S. John Launer
Lyle Bettger
Theme music composer Fred Steiner
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Jules C. Goldstone
Producer(s) Elliott Lewis
Editor(s) Sherman Todd
Location(s) Paisano Productions
California, USA
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Walden Productions, in association with Paisano Productions
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 4, 1957 (1957-10-04) – April 11, 1958 (1958-04-11)

The Court of Last Resort is an American television dramatized court show which aired on the NBC from 1957 through 1958. It was co-produced by Erle Stanley Gardner's Paisano Productions, which also brought forth the long-running hit television program, Perry Mason on CBS. Its approach to dealing with potential miscarriages of justice in an entirely extra-judicial format was adopted by the BBC series Rough Justice in the 1980s.

Summary[edit]

The Court of Last Resort, an organization founded by Erle Stanley Gardner in 1948, centers on seven attorneys who take on the cases of wrongly accused or unjustly convicted defendants. Episodes dramatized various cases investigated by the Court from its inception through "the present". The members of the Court were portrayed by actors during the episode, but the actual members often appeared at the conclusion of the program, with one of them reflecting on the case that had just been dramatized.

The series aired from 1957 to 1958 at 8 p.m. EST on Fridays following Saber of London. It was rebroadcast on ABC during the 1959-1960 season at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Series regulars[edit]

Actor Role
Robert H. Harris Raymond Schindler
Carleton Young Harry Steeger
S. John Launer Marshall Houts
John Maxwell Alex Gregory
Robert J. Anderson Park Street Jr
Lyle Bettger Sam Larsen
Paul Birch Erle Stanley Gardner
Charles Meredith Dr. LeMoyne Snyder

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "The Gordon Wallace Case" (pilot) October 4, 1957
1-2 "The Tomas Mendoza Case" October 11, 1957
1-3 "The Forbes-Carroll Case" October 18, 1957
1-4 "The Wesley Ferguson Case" October 25, 1957
1-5 "The George Zaccho Case" November 1, 1957
1-6 "The Karl Hooft Case" November 8, 1957
1-7 "The Conrad Murray Case" November 15, 1957
1-8 "The Darlene Fitzgerald Case" November 22, 1957
1-9 "The James Dawson Case" November 29, 1957
1-10 "The Clarence Redding Case" December 6, 1957
1-11 "The Jim Thomson Case" December 13, 1957
1-12 "The John Smith Case" December 20, 1957
1-13 "The Westover Case" January 3, 1958
1-14 "The Arnold McHugh Case" January 10, 1958
1-15 "The Steve Hrdlika Case" January 24, 1958
1-16 "The Phillip Huston Case" January 31, 1958
1-17 "The Peter Stevens Case" February 7, 1958
1-18 "The Lester Arnold Case" February 14, 1958
1-19 "The Frank Clark Case" February 21, 1958
1-20 "The Jacob Loveless Case" February 28, 1958
1-21 "The Joe Credo Case" March 7, 1958
1-22 "The Stephen Lowell Case" March 14, 1958
1-23 "The Mary Morales Case" March 21, 1958
1-24 "The Joel Sheldon Case" March 28, 1958
1-25 "The Todd-Loomis Case" April 4, 1958
1-26 "The Allen Cutler Case" April 11, 1958

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