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Season 01, Episode 01 Quality of Mercy

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Sep 16, 1961
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Quality of Mercy Sep 16, 1961 Dr. Bill Conrad's patient, Leona Warner, delivers a baby with Down Syndrome.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Killer Instinct

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Sep 23, 1961
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Killer Instinct Sep 23, 1961 A wartime hero who had been trained to act like a "destructive animal," kills a man with a judo blow. At his trial the vital question is "did he kill because he could not control the killer instinct?"

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Season 01, Episode 03 Death Across the Counter

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Sep 30, 1961
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Death Across the Counter Sep 30, 1961 The tortured world of a dope addict is explored in this story of a young man convinced he's guilty of murder - although he has no recollection of the crime.

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Season 01, Episode 04 The Riot

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Oct 7, 1961
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The Riot Oct 7, 1961 Preston (E.G. Marshall) undertakes a delicate and dangerous task: acting as intermediary for the investigators of a prison riot.

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Season 01, Episode 05 Young Lovers

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Oct 14, 1961
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Young Lovers Oct 14, 1961 A destitute young couple take a desperate gamble to provide for themselves and their baby.

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Season 01, Episode 06 The Boy Between

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Oct 21, 1961
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The Boy Between Oct 21, 1961 The Prestons become embroiled in a bitter custody battle when they are retained by Belle Remington (Norma Crane), who insists her son never be allowed to see his father.

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Season 01, Episode 07 The Hundred Lives of Harry Simms

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Oct 28, 1961
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The Hundred Lives of Harry Simms Oct 28, 1961 Frank Gorshin stars as an impressionist accused of murder who claims he's innocent because ""Jimmy Cagney did it""—and breaks into his multiple personality of Cagney on the witness stand as the Prestons are questioning him.

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Season 01, Episode 08 The Accident

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Nov 4, 1961
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The Accident Nov 4, 1961 A woman is charged with criminal negligence when she hits a child while driving home from a party.

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Season 01, Episode 09 The Trial of Jenny Scott

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Nov 11, 1961
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The Trial of Jenny Scott Nov 11, 1961 Unhappily married Jenny Scott (Mary Fickett) is the prime suspect when her husband is murdered.

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Season 01, Episode 10 The Man with the Concrete Thumb

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Nov 18, 1961
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The Man with the Concrete Thumb Nov 18, 1961 Picketing to save a park, Joan Miller (Joan Hackett) is charged with second-degree assault when a brick thrown by one of the demonstrators injures an adversary.

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Season 01, Episode 11 The Treadmill

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Nov 25, 1961
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The Treadmill Nov 25, 1961 Released from a mental hospital, Victor Fergusson (Edward Binns) is forced to stand trial for a murder he committed 25 years before.

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Season 01, Episode 12 Perjury

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Dec 2, 1961
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Perjury Dec 2, 1961 Charged with perjury, a witness says he lied because Preston asked him to.

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Season 01, Episode 13 The Attack

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Dec 9, 1961
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The Attack Dec 9, 1961 The impact of public opinion on a trial is examined in this story of a policeman who kills the alleged molester of his young daughter.

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Season 01, Episode 14 The Prowler

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Dec 16, 1961
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The Prowler Dec 16, 1961 Dwight Harkavy (Kent Smith) goes on trial for shooting a prowler - who was his wife's first husband.

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Season 01, Episode 15 Gideon's Follies

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Dec 23, 1961
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Gideon's Follies Dec 23, 1961 Preston investigates the death of a millionaire playboy - murdered before he could divide his estate among his current spouse and five ex-wives.

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Season 01, Episode 16 The Best Defense

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Dec 30, 1961
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The Best Defense Dec 30, 1961 The Prestons come to the aid of a racketeer charged with the gangland murder of a small-time hoodlum.

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Season 01, Episode 17 The Bedside Murder

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Jan 6, 1962
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The Bedside Murder Jan 6, 1962 The Prestons defend a doctor accused of murdering a wealthy patient who promised to leave him a large sum in her will.

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Season 01, Episode 18 The Search

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Jan 20, 1962
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The Search Jan 20, 1962 An old homicide case is reopened when James Mitchell (James Congdon) confesses to a murder for which another man was executed six years earlier.

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Season 01, Episode 19 Storm at Birch Glen

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Jan 27, 1962
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Storm at Birch Glen Jan 27, 1962 The Prestons encounter fear and hostility at a reform school when they are retained by a supervisor charged with murdering one of the inmates.

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Season 01, Episode 20 The Point Shaver

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Feb 3, 1962
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The Point Shaver Feb 3, 1962 Stacy Phillips, star college basketball player, is accused of taking money from gambler Vince Fargo to fix a game. The Presons, alumni of the college, are hired to defend Phillips before the State's Senate Rackets Committee.

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Season 01, Episode 21 The Locked Room

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Feb 10, 1962
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The Locked Room Feb 10, 1962 The Prestons defend an heiress on trial for the death of a woman reputed to have been having an affair with her husband, who is the only witness to the incident. The focus is on the jurors, and how some of them visualize the events that led to the woman's death.

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Season 01, Episode 22 The Empty Chute

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Feb 17, 1962
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The Empty Chute Feb 17, 1962 The Army suspects foul play when a paratrooper's chute fails to open and he falls to his death.

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Season 01, Episode 23 The Crusader

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Feb 24, 1962
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The Crusader Feb 24, 1962 Ken launches a personal investigation when a model prisoner - jailed for crimes he insists he never committed - is refused parole.

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Season 01, Episode 24 The Hickory Indian

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Mar 3, 1962
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The Hickory Indian Mar 3, 1962 The defendant: Louis Astor (George Voskovec), who's charged with stealing money from his son's firm.

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Season 01, Episode 25 The Iron Man

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Mar 10, 1962
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The Iron Man Mar 10, 1962 The Prestons give a campus fascist leader a lesson in democracy when he's arrested after his henchmen beat up a heckler.

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Season 01, Episode 26 The Tarnished Cross

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Mar 17, 1962
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The Tarnished Cross Mar 17, 1962 The Prestons become defense counselors in a kangaroo court set up by a group of teenagers bent on trying an alleged murderer.

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Season 01, Episode 27 The Last Six Months

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Mar 31, 1962
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The Last Six Months Mar 31, 1962 Arthur Hill plays a man with six months to live--he kills his business partner in a fit of rage when the man refuses to help support his family after he has died.

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Season 01, Episode 28 The Naked Heiress

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Apr 7, 1962
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The Naked Heiress Apr 7, 1962 Edna Holley (Glenda Farrell) invites trouble when she blackmails a professor who's interested in her daughter, a strip-tease artist.

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Season 01, Episode 29 Reunion with Death

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Apr 21, 1962
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Reunion with Death Apr 21, 1962 A group of Air Force veterans set up a kangaroo court to try one of their number for treason.

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Season 01, Episode 30 The Benefactor

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Apr 28, 1962
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The Benefactor Apr 28, 1962 A controversial episode dealing with the trial of an accused abortionist.

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Season 01, Episode 31 Along Came a Spider

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May 5, 1962
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Along Came a Spider May 5, 1962 The Prestons defend an ex-vaudevillian accused of murdering his son-in-law. The only witness: the dead man's daughter.

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Season 01, Episode 32 The Broken Barrelhead

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May 26, 1962
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The Broken Barrelhead May 26, 1962 Defending a youth charged with vehicular homicide, the Prestons are hampered by the boy's overbearing father (Harold J. Stone) - who isn't above bribing jurors.

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