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|Studio One: The Defender|
The best homevideo option for this Two Part Television drama is DVD.
It is presented in the shows Original Aspect Ratio of 1.33:1.
Studio One was a programme which featured live to air TV drama. It is of particular note because it also showcased many of the young up and coming movie and TV stars of the day. The Defender was a two part live drama for Studio One, and stars Ralph Bellamy, William Shatner and Steve McQueen.
|Attorney's and Client.|
Bellamy and Shatner play a father and son legal team who must defend McQueen's character from a seemingly unbeatable murder charge. Steve's performance was secondary to that of Bellamy and Shatner in terms of screen time, but his role was still a major one. He gives a very convincing performance as a troubled young man whose innnocence to the charges seems so unlikely that even his own lawyers don't believe him.
|Bellamy is very good as the lawer who is having ethical qualms about defending his client, and Shatner (in his pre-Star Trek days) gives a good understated performance.|
|A loving mother and a troubled son.|
Actress Vivian Nathan is also very effective in her role as the heartbroken mother of the accused young man.
The DVD package
The excellent DVD features the ability to watch the show with or without the original TV ads. I'd recommend watching the ads if you want to get a feel for the really fascinating style of TV advertising from the 1940's and 50's.
It also includes a great featurette on the history of Studio One, which features good interviews with actors Charlton Heston, Jack Klugman and director John Frankenheimer. You also get a small text based bio section about the careers of the three main actors.
Approx running time of The Defender (with ads) is 130 minutes.