The Defenders (1961–1965)
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The Locked Room 

The emphasis is on a jury as it deliberates the fate of a woman accused of killing her husband's apparent mistress.


David Greene


Ernest Kinoy, Reginald Rose (created by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
E.G. Marshall ... Lawrence Preston
Robert Reed ... Kenneth Preston
Viveca Lindfors ... Mady Lorne
Zachary Scott ... Jason Lorne
Inga Swenson ... Claire Stafford
William Daniels ... Malloy
Dody Goodman ... Miss Kalish
J.D. Cannon ... District Attorney Manetto
Marian Winters Marian Winters ... Mrs. Coley
Polly Rowles ... Helen Donaldson
Ralph Dunn ... The Worried Man
Ivor Francis ... The Jury Foreman
Virginia Donaldson Virginia Donaldson ... The Matron
John Gibson John Gibson ... The Judge
Molly McCarthy Molly McCarthy ... Mary Fraley


The emphasis is on a jury as it deliberates the fate of a woman accused of killing her husband's apparent mistress.

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Release Date:

10 February 1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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12 Angry Men meet Rashomon
21 September 2016 | by schappe1See all my reviews

The genesis of this show, (beyond the 1957 "Studio One" pilot), was Reginald Rose's 12 Angry Men, also done on Studio One in 1954 and made into a well-remembered movie in 1957. In it, a jury examines and debates the guilt or innocence of the accused and their personalities, prejudices and backgrounds influence their viewpoints

Another famous movie of the 1950's was the Japanese film Rashomon, (1950), in which three travelers give different versions of a tragedy in which a man, traveling with his wife is supposedly murdered by a bandit. In one version the bandit wins a fight with the husband, in another the wife stabs her husband and in the third the husband committed suicide because of his wife's infidelity with the bandit. We are left to decide what really happened - but we don't know. Are we really adequate to judge the actions of others?

In this episode, Viveca Lindflors is accused to shooting Inga Swensen in the presence of her husband, Zachery Scott. Their story is that she thought there might be prowler in a neighborhood where there had been some crimes recently and shot at someone in a darkened room. No one else knows what really happened. We see the crime re-enacted as various jury members imagine it. The wife is cruel and dominating, she's drunk, she's jealous and angry. The husband is conniving. He's weak. he's rebellious against her domination. The girlfriend is sweet and innocent. She's drunk. She's a gold-digger. The wife shoots her. The husband shoots her. She shoots herself. We never find out what really happened.

After the verdict, Kenneth Preston asks his father what he thinks actually happened. After much prodding, he says he doesn't want to know and didn't want to, as it would not have changed his defense.

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