The Court of Last Resort (1957–1958)
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The John Smith Case 

John Smith, an orphan turned transient, was accused of the murder of a friend who was also a bum and sent to prison for life. He is set free when it is discovered that his arresting officer... See full summary »

Director:

Reginald Le Borg

Writer:

Ken Kolb

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Lyle Bettger ... Sam Larsen
Paul Birch ... Erle Stanley Gardner
Carleton G. Young ... Harry Steeger (as Carleton G. Young)
Charles Meredith ... Dr. LeMoyne Snyder
Robert H. Harris ... Raymond Schindler
John Maxwell ... Alex Gregory
S. John Launer ... Marshall Houts
Robert Anderson ... Park Street Jr
Than Wyenn Than Wyenn ... John Smith
Paul Fix ... Warden Avery
Karl Swenson ... Carl Halsted
Roy Engel ... Capt. Briggs
Olan Soule ... Webster (as Olan E. Soule)
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Storyline

John Smith, an orphan turned transient, was accused of the murder of a friend who was also a bum and sent to prison for life. He is set free when it is discovered that his arresting officer beat a confession out of him. Eventually the man John was with at the time of the crime is found and his name is finally cleared for good. Written by Anthony Durrant

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Trivia

John Smith was an alias of Wilhelm Meyer, the man responsible for sending Adolf Beck to prison, in a classic case of mistaken identity. See more »

Goofs

If John Smith had actually grown up in an orphanage, then he would never have been nameless - orphanages were legally required to give the children in them names, if they didn't have names already. See more »

Quotes

Warden Avery: Will you talk to him, Sam?
Sam Larsen: Warden, what could I say to him now?
Warden Avery: His only chance lies in a reinvestigation of the facts of his case. Your group is set up to do the job. I wish you'd try.
Sam Larsen: Do you have any real indication that he might be innocent?
Warden Avery: Nooo, but would a man spend twenty-two years saving pennies for his transcript if he were guilty?
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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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