The Bold Ones: The Lawyers

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The Bold Ones: The Lawyers
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The Cast of The Bold Ones: The Lawyers
Also known as The Lawyers
Format Legal drama
Created by Roy Huggins (credited as John Thomas James)
Directed by Douglas Heyes
Starring Burl Ives
Joseph Campanella
James Farentino
Opening theme Pete Rugolo
Composer(s) Stanley Wilson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 29 (Including two pilot movies) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Roy Huggins
Producer(s) Jo Swerling, Jr.
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original run December 10, 1968 (1968-12-10) – February 13, 1972 (1972-02-13)

The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (or The Lawyers) is an American legal drama that aired for three seasons on NBC from December 1968 through February 1972. At present, this series has not been released on home video.

Synopsis[edit]

The series starred Burl Ives as Walter Nichols, a respected attorney who hires two brothers (Joseph Campanella and James Farentino) who are lawyers to help him with his case load.

The Lawyers was part of The Bold Ones, a rotating series of dramas that also included The New Doctors (with E.G. Marshall), The Protectors (with Leslie Nielsen) and The Senator (with Hal Holbrook). It was nominated for three Emmy awards and won two of them.[1] Pat Hingle and Walter Brooke each made two guest appearances, and had previously appeared in The New Doctors. Kermit Murdock also made two guest appearances, and later appeared in cameo roles in The Senator.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Burl Ives as Walter Nichols an attorney that hires the Darrel brothers to help him with his cases. (appeared in 28 episodes)
  • Joseph Campanella as Brian Darrell, one of the two Darrel Brothers who helps Nicholas with his cases. (appeared in 24 episodes)
  • James Farentino as Neil Darrell, the other one of the two Darrel Brothers. (appeared in 22 episodes)

Recurring Characters[edit]

  • John Milford as Lieutenant Paul Hewitt (appeared in 6 episodes)
  • Todd Martin as Deputy District Attorney Skinner (appeared in 3 episodes)

Guest Stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Premiered: Ended:
Pilots 2 1968.12.10 1969.03.11
1 8 1969.09.21 1970.02.15
2 8 1970.09.27 1971.02.28
3 11 1971.09.19 1972.02.13

Pilot movies[edit]

  • "The Sound of Anger" / 10 December 1968 (1968-12-10)
    Two teenagers who have been engaged in pre-marital sex become the prime suspects when the girl's disapproving father is mysteriously murdered.
    Directed by Michael Ritchie; written by Roy Huggins and Dick Nelson.
  • "The Whole World Is Watching" / 11 March 1969 (1969-03-11)
    After a university police officer is killed during a campus protest, student activist Gil Bennett is arrested for the murder. Milking this turn of events for his cause, Bennett refuses to testify about his innocence. Nichols and the Darrell brothers now must find the young man's one hope; the only witness to the crime who has his own motive for not coming forward.
    Directed by Richard A. Colla; written by Richard Levinson and William Link.

Season 1: 1969–70[edit]

No. No. in
season
Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 1 "A Game of Chance" Douglas Heyes Roy Huggins 21 September 1969 (1969-09-21)
A rogue cop who makes a habit of dwelling in the gray area of the law is the target of junior partner Neil Darrell, who's out to expose the officer's abuse.
2 2 "The People Against Ortega" Richard T. Heffron Dick Nelson,
William Pearson
12 October 1969 (1969-10-12)
Brian's client, who was wrongfully convicted of a capital murder many years ago, accidentally kills the wife of the district attorney during a failed escape attempt shortly before he is cleared of the original crime. Brian chooses to continue to represent his client during the trial for the accidental killing, even though the DA and his wife were good friends of Brian's.
3 3 "The Crowd Pleaser" Vincent Sherman Frank Fenton,
David Giler,
Roy Huggins
2 November 1969 (1969-11-02)
The lawyers are shocked when their client, a cocky real estate agent accused of murdering a prostitute, gleefully admits to the crime during a private party celebrating his acquittal. When another man is subsequently convicted of the crime and faces the death penalty, Neil makes an agonizing decision that could sacrifice his career.
4 4 "The Rockford Riddle" Richard T. Heffron F.D. Averno,
Matthew Howard
16 November 1969 (1969-11-16)
Walter volunteers to represent a mentally ill homeless man who has just admitted to murdering a peer, on the condition that the man divulge the facts of a previous murder for which Walter represented him several years earlier; in that case, the man admitted to murdering his wife's rival when his wife was on trial for the murder, only to recant his guilt immediately after she was acquitted. The character who had actually committed the earlier murder in a jealous rage is played by Claudine Longet, who, in real life, would shoot and kill her boyfriend, skier Spider Sabich, in 1976.
5 5 "Shriek of Silence" Fernando Lamas Robert Foster,
Roy Huggins
30 November 1969 (1969-11-30)
The lawyers represent a front-running gubernatorial candidate who is being framed for the murder of a female campaign worker by his former campaign chairman, a man forced to resign because the candidate found out he was a homosexual. His defense becomes a lot more complicated when he is witnessed moving the body out of his apartment and into a park as part of an ill-conceived plan to avoid being linked to the crime.
6 6 "Trial of a Mafioso" Richard Benedict Robert Hamner 4 January 1970 (1970-01-04)
The lawyers represent an incarcerated former mobster who has provided key testimony against other mob bosses while in prison and is ultimately exonerated after an eventful retrial. Although their client has arranged for a helicopter to take him out of the country upon release, the lawyers are given the dangerous task of transporting him from the courthouse to the remote location where the pickup will take place.
7 7 "Point of Honor" 25 January 1970 (1970-01-25)
Brian gets himself involved in a murder case, and now privileged communication between a lawyer and his client has become a key issue.
8 8 "The Shattered Image" 15 February 1970 (1970-02-15)
Ted Hollister is charged with the murder of the ward of a rich guardian, and Walt Nichols agrees to defend him.

Season 2: 1970–71[edit]

No. No. in
season
Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
9 1 "The Verdict" Alexander Singer Roy Huggins 27 September 1970 (1970-09-27)
Despite their differing beliefs on the subject, the lawyers agree to represent an obstetrician who is charged with murder after performing an illegal abortion. Strongly disagreeing with the judge's jury instructions and citing Oliver Wendell Holmes, Neil decides to use a nonstandard tactic which results in a large fine and contempt of court charge.
10 2 "Panther in a Cage" Nicholas Colasanto Stephen Kandel 18 October 1970 (1970-10-18)
A member of the Black Panthers is accused of pushing a police detective off a second story balcony to his death during the execution of a search warrant at their local headquarters. His father, a successful business executive who has been trying to get his son to abandon his extremist lifestyle, hires The Lawyers to represent him, but their task is complicated by his unwillingness to cooperate or control his emotions in the presence of the jury.
11 3 "Trial of a PFC" 8 November 1970 (1970-11-08)
A Vietnam vet is accused of murdering his best friend.
12 4 "The People Against Doctor Chapman" Jeannot Szwarc Jerry Bredouw 6 December 1970 (1970-12-06)
A doctor claims there is a witness that can clear him of the murder of which he is accused, but no one can find this witness.
13 5 "The Loneliness Racket" 20 December 1970 (1970-12-20)
A woman is held for murder when her computer-dating service date turns up dead.
14 6 "The Search for Leslie Grey" 10 January 1971 (1971-01-10)
A business tycoon, Leslie Grey, starts to panic when he finds out that his past is now under investigation.
15 7 "The Hyland Confession" Daniel Petrie Frank Fenton,
Roy Huggins
31 January 1971 (1971-01-31)
A young woman, who has her own live-in Swami and a history of psychiatric problems, quickly signs a confession after awakening from a meditation session and finding her successful recording-artist husband dead in front of her and the murder weapon in her hand. Her defense hinges on the believability of an interrogation conducted by her psychiatrist, in which she was under the influence of sodium pentothal.
16 8 "The Price of Justice" 28 February 1971 (1971-02-28)
A man accused of murder refuses to talk and defend himself against the charges. His heritage holds the key as to why.

Season 3: 1971–72[edit]

No. No. in
season
Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
17 1 "The Invasion of Kevin Ireland" Alexander Singer Jack B. Sowards 19 September 1971 (1971-09-19)
Mistakes on a credit report lead to a ruined life for one man, who chooses to fight back in court against the credit reporting agency that admits to no wrongdoing.
18 2 "The Strange Secret of Yermo Hill" Jeffrey Hayden William D. Gordon,
Roy Huggins
17 October 1971 (1971-10-17)
The boyfriend of a dead girl holds a bizarre secret that may reveal who actually killed the young lady.
19 3 "Hall of Justice" Richard T. Heffron Robert Hamner 31 October 1971 (1971-10-31)
Cases before the court include an assault against a minor, an alleged "mercy" killing, and a narcotics charge.
20 4 "In Defense of Ellen McKay" 14 November 1971 (1971-11-14)
One of the firm's clients, Ellen McKay, is about to stand trial for killing her husband. In the middle of all this, Brian finds himself falling for her romantically.
21 5 "By Reason of Insanity" Alexander Singer Gloryette Clark 28 November 1971 (1971-11-28)
The lawyers successfully argue an insanity defense for a young man who is apprehended while collecting the large ransom he demanded after kidnapping a middle-aged man whom he had been obsessed with since the age of thirteen. However, Walter has good reason to fear that the verdict isn't the last chapter of this bizarre saga.
22 6 "Justice Is a Sometime Thing" Jeffrey Hayden Robert Hamner 21 December 1971 (1971-12-21)
A Hispanic man is mistaken for an assault suspect when he instinctively comes to the aid of the victim, but then panics and runs off upon discovering that the girl he was with has fled because she feared being deported. The lawyers are finally able to locate the girl, but not before the man escapes from jail because he feared his dangerous cellmate and was facing a probable 20-year sentence without the girl's witness testimony.
23 7 "The Letter of the Law" Douglas Heyes Douglas Heyes 26 December 1971 (1971-12-26)
There's one last thing an attorney who is about to die must do, and that is to see the mistake he made many years before reversed. He must see brought to justice the killer he helped to get away with murder.
24 8 "The Long Morning After: Part 1" Douglas Heyes Douglas Heyes 9 January 1972 (1972-01-09)
Officially, the deaths of two women have been termed an accident and a suicide. Neil turns sleuth to prove the deaths were a double murder. To be continued...
25 9 "The Long Morning After: Part 2" Douglas Heyes Douglas Heyes 16 January 1972 (1972-01-16)
Neil suspects a powerful industrialist of a double homicide.
26 10 "In Sudden Darkness" David Moessinger Gloryette Clark,
Charles E. Israel,
David Moessinger
30 January 1972 (1972-01-30)
Lauren Hazelwood killed her father. That much is known. And unless she tells her lawyers and the court why, she has a date set with the California gas chamber.
27 11 "Lisa, I Hardly Knew You" Alexander Singer Roy Huggins,
Elick Moll
13 February 1972 (1972-02-13)
Neil keeps flashing back to the tragedy of a romance.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1972 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Entertainment Programming - For a Series or a Single Program of a Series Richard Bracken, Gloryette Clark, and Terry Williams
Won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama - A Single Program of a Series with Continuing Characters and/or Theme Alexander Singer (For episode "The Invasion of Kevin Ireland")
Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition - For a Series or a Single Program of a Series Pete Rugolo (For episode "In Defense of Ellen McKay")
Writers Guild of America Award Nominated Best Written Dramatic Episodic Script (Any Length) Brett Huggins (Story) and Jack B. Sowards (Teleplay) (For episode "The Invasion of Kevin Ireland")

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