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  • Actors: Chuck Connors, Ben Gazzara, John Larch
  • Directors: David Lowell Rich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 675 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W4KSV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,476 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arrest and Trial" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Before Law & Order, there was Arrest and Trial, NBC's groundbreaking 1960s series starring Ben Gazzara and Chuck Connors. Truly ahead of its time, Arrest and Trial was a 90 minute show combining elements of police procedural and courtroom drama. In the first half of each episode, Sgt. Nick Anderson (Gazzara) of the LAPD tracked down and arrested a suspect. In the second half, Defense Attorney John Egan (Connors) fought to exonerate the accused. With episodes written by some of Hollywood's best, including Larry Cohen (Branded, Phone Booth) Arrest and Trial featured many of television's best actors in its single season.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Robert Huggins VINE VOICE on November 15, 2007
Format: DVD
During the Fall of 1963, a new police and lawyer show debuted on ABC. Titled "Arrest and Trial," this unique show was made for a 90 minute time slot. The first half of the show featured the "Arrest," with detectives Ben Gazzara and Roger Perry gathering the evidence and apprehending the suspect. The "Trial" portion starred Chuck Connors aided by Don Galloway as defense attorneys, with John Larch and John Kerr as prosecutors from the district attorney's office. Sound familiar?

There's no question that the basic structure and format of "Arrest and Trial" influenced the modern "Law & Order." But there's a major difference in the two shows. "Law & Order" is, essentially, a well written and acted police and judicial procedural. "Arrest & Trial," while retaining many of the procedural elements, is much more of a character study of the accused and those around him - friends and family - and how law enforcement and the judicial system affect their lives. Disc 2 of the set represents the series well and features three episodes dealing with the theme of addictions: Mickey Rooney is a drug addict accused of murder; Nick Adams embezzles money from his employer to pay for his gambling habit; Dewey Martin is a paroled convict dealing with alcoholism who has a difficult time adjusting to the outside world.

The series was produced during the era of the early to mid-1960s when the bar for televised drama was set very high with shows like "Route 66," "The Fugitive," "Combat!," "The Defenders," "Naked City" and others sharing the primetime airwaves. "Arrest and Trial" shares the superior writing, acting, and direction of those other shows. So why wasn't it a hit?
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Caton on December 27, 2007
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For those discriminating viewers who want to see top-flight TV drama from the heyday of the medium (1955-65) do yourself a favor and order this fantastic three-volume set, "Arrest and Trial." Nine 74 minute shows are included in this reasonably priced compilation. Ben Gazzara (Det. Sgt. Nick Anderson) and Roger Perry (Det. Sgt. Dan Kirby) bring the perceived lawbreakers to trial in the first 35-40 minutes; John Larch (Deputy Dist. Atty. Jerry Miller) and John Kerr (Asst. Deputy Dist. Atty. Barry Pine) then try the state's case, with the defendant most-often represented by Chuck Connors (John Egan). When the show aired in the fall of 1963, ABC sunk a tremendous amount of money into the development of the 90-minute series; to that end they did their best to sign on two or three "name" actors for every episode. These actors included Roddy McDowell, Mickey Rooney, Katherine Ross, Howard Duff, James Whitmore, Marlo Thomas, Leo Gordon, Tony Franciosa, Martin Sheen, Steve Forrest, Neville Brand, Robert Webber, Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, Telly Savalas, Dorthy Malone, MacDonald Carey, Julie Adams, Jack Klugman, David Carradine, Dennis Hopper, Richard Basehart, William Shatner, Richard Carlson, Nick Adams, Barry Sullivan, and Oscar-winners Robert Duvall, Kim Hunter, and Martin Balsam -- a darn good line-up of guest stars for a 30-episode run! Watch these shows along with episodes of "The Defenders" (E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed, if you can find any copies), "The Naked City" (Paul Burke, Horace MacMahon, Nancy Malone), and "East Side, West Side" (George C. Scott), and you'll see just how far we've fallen in the production and presentation of television drama since the mid-60's.Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By tomcrown on January 19, 2012
Format: DVD
Sunday nights were special because my parents allowed me to stay up and watch "Arrest & Trial." My favorite show will always be "The Naked City" because of the prolific scripts by American screenwriter Stirling Silliphant, the live setting of the New York streets, and the realistic characters Silliphant created.

"Arrest & Trial" tried to copy that format in the first half and threw in a little "Perry Mason" in the second half. I enjoyed the shows. The first episode "Call it a Lifetime" with Anthony Franciosa as a truck driver turned cop killer, and Ben Gazzara as Sgt. Nick Anderson in hot pusuit is the hook for most of the show. Shot in what looks like the Mohave Desert it's a cat and mouse with Franciosa evading capture only to be caught by Gazzara. There's a human side to Sgt. Anderson in the second half: "The Trial" when he works with Defense Attorney John Egan (Chuck Connors)to give the truck driver/killer a second chance. This happens after they discover the circumstances that caused the accidental death of a motorcycle cop.

I enjoyed most of the episodes. Here's my gripe: the video and audio quality is not on par with other 1960s shows that have made it to DVD. The back of TIMELESS VIDEO GROUPs DVD box states: "This 10 DVD set containing all 30 episodes is faithfully reproduced from the ORIGINAL masters. I know hollywood shot most TV shows on 35mm film stock using a Nagra reel to reel magnetic recorder to capture the actors dialog. My question: What the hell happened to the original elements? The original 35mm negative film stock and the Nagra tapes?

As an avid film collector in the 1970s I was fortunate to find some old 35mm network prints and had them in my collection.
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