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Arrest and Trial, Part 2

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  • Actors: Arrest & Trial
  • Directors: n, a
  • 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: March 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 675 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014FAINO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,181 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Before Law & Order, there was Arrest and Trial, NBC's groundbreaking 1960's 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 criminal. In the second half, Defense Attorney John Egan (Connors) fought to exonerate the accused.

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4.0 out of 5 stars More Arrests. More Trials. April 23, 2008
This is the second nine-episode DVD release of "Arrest and Trial," the 1963-64 police and legal drama that's said to have influenced the modern day "Law & Order" series. If you've seen the first DVD set released by the Timeless Media Group and enjoyed it, you will undoubtedly want to include this second release in your collection. The first half of each episode, The Arrest, begins with the crime and subsequent investigation by LAPD detectives portrayed by Ben Gazzara and Roger Perry. The second half of the show, The Trial, features defense attorneys portrayed by Chuck Connors and Don Galloway pitted against lawyers from the district attorney's office, portrayed by John Larch and John Kerr.

As I watch this second collection of episodes, I'm struck by the similarity in execution to some of the other great television dramas of the early 1960s, "Naked City" and "Route 66." Like those other classics, the recurring characters of "Arrest and Trial" are often secondary to the guest stars that appear as the accused or as those who are close to the crime. In the episode "The Witnesses," Anne Francis plays a high school teacher who is having an affair with a married man, a high powered corporate lawyer (Robert Webber). The couple witnesses a murder, but can't come forward due to the nature of their illicit affair. Despite reassurances from her lover that everything will come out right, it becomes apparent that the wrong man will be convicted, and Ms. Francis experiences a crisis of conscience. While the ending is predictable, it's the outstanding performance by Anne Francis that carries this episode.

An interesting side note on "Arrest and Trial" is actor John Kerr who played Assistant Deputy District Attorney Barry Pine.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Problem With Arrest & Trial... April 3, 2010
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While there is much to like about this short-lived '60's series, a joint production of Revue (Universal) and Chuck Connors' Ranch Productions, I do have one major problem: the casting of the leads, or more specifically, the roles of the leads.

I had heard about, but never seen, this series prior to the DVD releases, but I certainly had been familiar with Chuck Connors, due to viewing The Rifleman and his subsequent series, Branded, and I knew Ben Gazzara from his follow-up series, Run For Your Life.

From watching those actors in those shows, I came away with perceived images: Connors as a firm but fair man of justice (The Rifleman) and Gazzara as a compassionate sort (Run For Your Life). Here, the two actors are playing pretty much against type: while Gazzara certainly has moments of compassion and concern for people he encounters (and may or may not wind up arresting, i.e., Joseph Schildkraut in "Whose Little Girl Are You?"), I don't buy him for one second in the tough-guy cop role, nor do I totally believe Connors as a caring public defender. And in one interesting episode, "A Shield Is For Hiding Behind", Connors' character John Egan defends Sgt. Nick Anderson (Gazzara) on a murder charge after he shoots a clean-cut yet creepy punk (James 'Danno' MacArthur) who had brutally murdered another cop earlier in the episode. The other actors in the cast, familiar TV faces Roger Perry, Don Galloway, John Larch and John Kerr, fare much better in the respective parts (i.e., Gazzara's partner, Connors' assistant, District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great show with each episode-pair done in two segments--the arrest, followed by the trial--rather like Law and Order. Focused on larger social issues illustrated through the actions and life of the defendent, followed by the trial as seen from the defense's perspective, Arrest and Trial showcases a number of fine actors from the 50s.

The contrast between the emotional intensity (always manageable) of this show with the action oriented focus of current shows (or joke-ridden focus) is interesting to say the least.

Anyone out there looking for a dissertation topic in sociology, psychology, or media studies? Take a look at some of the TV series from the 50s and early 60s.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Precursor to Law and Order Is Worth Catching December 19, 2013
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The concept of combining police investigation and criminal trials did not being with Law and Order. Nearly thirty years earlier, Arrest and Trial originated the concept, right down to labeling the two halves of each 90-minue episode, "The Arrest" and "The Trial."

Although the format varied a bit from show to show, usually in the first half of each episode, a group of cops led by Ben Gazzara would investigate a crime (as usually happened on TV of that era, generally a murder) and make an arrest around the 45-minute mark. At that point, in a departure from Law and Order, the focus shifted to defense attorney Chuck Connors, who tried to defend the accused.

Some of these episodes were almost whodunnits in the Perry Mason mold, in which Connors tries to figure out just how the crime really occurred, while others were more like The Defenders, in which the show explored leading social and legal themes of the day, some of them still relevant today. Connors himself is surprisingly good as the attorney, for those who know him only from the Rifleman while Gazzara is as solid as always.

The quality of the episodes was definitely mixed, with some of them being pale imitations of either Mason or the various cop shows of the era. Another drawback is the quality of audio and video. These are not studio prints but taken from existing copies of the episodes, some of them of a bit questionable quality. In addition, the 90-minute running time in some cases allowed for greater exploration of the issues (such as My Name is Martin Burnham, in which defendant James Whitmore won't even defend himself because he wants to die). However, in other episodes, the show simply wandered too much.
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