Matlock (1986–1995)

The Court-Martial: Part 1 

An Army lieutenant pushes his men too hard. Someone stabs him in the back, and he dies. The Army charges one of the soldiers in his company, Ben defends him, and Charlene and Tyler help. During a preliminary hearing the accused disappears.


Charles S. Dubin


Dean Hargrove (created by), Anne Collins (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Griffith ... Ben Matlock
Linda Purl ... Charlene Matlock
Kene Holiday ... Tyler Hudson (as Kene Holliday)
Tony Becker ... Pvt. Chris Hughes
Georg Stanford Brown ... Maj. Jeffrey Hamilton
Barry Corbin ... Army Col. Steven McRea
Cliff De Young ... Lt. Jim Lynch
Dana Elcar ... Arthur Hughes
Diane Franklin ... Nancy Lamont
Bruce French ... Col. Miles
Richard Green ... Lt. Ray Walters
Gregg Henry ... Captain Bill Campbell
Steve Kahan ... Sgt. Wilson
Robert Mandan ... General Connors
Wendy Phillips ... Paula Campbell


A sadistic Army lieutenant pushes his men too hard. After a late-night poker game inside a back room of the officers' club, someone stabs him in the back with a bayonet, and he dies. The Army charges one of the soldiers in his company. The father of the accused is an old friend of Ben, so he hires Ben to defend his son. Ben investigates at the post, Tyler goes undercover, and Charlene lends a hand at a nearby night spot. Curious circumstances come to light. Before a preliminary hearing reconvenes, the defendant disappears. Written by DocRushing

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

17 February 1987 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During this story, Ben can't figure out why he's getting saluted by a number of the soldiers on the post. In reality, the soldiers would *not* salute someone in civilian clothing, unless he were someone they recognized as an officer (and, most of the time, not even then). The person that Ben asks about this says that perhaps they assumed he (Matlock) was a government official, but again they would only do that for someone like the President, the Sec. of Defense or the Army. See more »


Referenced in Matlock: The Hunting Party: Part 1 (1989) See more »

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