Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
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A Cruel and Unusual Night 

A stern Lucas County, California "letter of the law" judge is kidnapped and "sentenced" to death by a man he once sentenced to death. The one-time Death Row prisoner recalls the agonies he ... See full summary »

Director:

Leslie H. Martinson (as Leslie Martinson)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Ronald Reagan ... Judge Howard R. Stimming
Scott Marlowe ... Sherman 'Sherm' Tyler
Anne Helm ... Avis Tyler
Wright King ... Chaplain
Clancy Cooper ... Sgt. Kelly
Rusty Lane ... Warden
James Chandler James Chandler ... Doctor
Don Diamond ... Paco
Bill Walker ... Trustee
Robert Whitesel Robert Whitesel ... Carl Hixon (as Robert Whitsell)
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A stern Lucas County, California "letter of the law" judge is kidnapped and "sentenced" to death by a man he once sentenced to death. The one-time Death Row prisoner recalls the agonies he went through as he awaited death by gas chamber. As his story is detailed tension builds and two questions remain to be answered-(1) "Will the judge crack?" and (2) "Will the execution be carried out?" Written by dubchi

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Outstanding episode but...
23 March 2017 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

Of course, this is for me the highlight of the whole show. Outstanding episode supported by awesome performances. But it is never explained how the young convict escaped from prison, from a high security jail, a penitentiary, and not only a country prison farm, after he had his penalty deleted by the governor of the state? And it is not explained what happens to him and his girl friend after they released the judge. It is a shame that those point remains in the shadow. But besides this, yes, I repeat, this is a really excellent psychological character study. A pure masterpiece. Leslie Martinson gave here one of his best, besides BATMAN TV show.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Roncom Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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