The Defenders (1961–1965)
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Metamorphosis 

Luke Jackson is scheduled to be executed in days. He killed a policeman seven years ago and after numerous appeals and stays, he has seemingly reached the end of the road. Although the ... See full synopsis »

Director:

David Greene

Writers:

Stanley R. Greenberg, Reginald Rose (created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
E.G. Marshall ... Lawrence Preston
Robert Reed ... Kenneth Preston
Robert Duvall ... Luke Jackson
William Redfield ... Earl Tibbets
Ossie Davis ... Officer Bond
Bert Freed ... The Warden
John Baragrey ... Jonathan Saks
Hildy Brooks Hildy Brooks ... Mrs. Jackson (as Hilda Brawner)
Fred J. Scollay Fred J. Scollay ... Henry Franks
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ... Judge Appleton
Estelle Parsons ... Mrs. Martin
Lonny Chapman ... District Attorney Harry Hayes
Roger Burris Roger Burris ... Officer Martin
Thomas De Bien Thomas De Bien ... The Victim
Ken Rooney Ken Rooney ... The Guard
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Luke Jackson is scheduled to be executed in days. He killed a policeman seven years ago and after numerous appeals and stays, he has seemingly reached the end of the road. Although the Prestons are representing him before the clemency board, Jackson begs them not to give him any false hope. The District Attorney is outraged that Jackson has not been executed before now. The clemency board is composed of a member who leans in Jackson's favor, another who is dead set against him and a third who has an open mind. Jackson's wife is waiting outside the hearing room as is the wife of the murdered policeman. After the DA and the elder Preston have their say, the board hears from the prison warden about Jackson's conduct for the past 7 years. The judge who sentenced Jackson to death makes an eloquent plea for the board to exercise mercy - a power he was denied by law. The patrolman who was with the murdered officer and captured Jackson states that the murdered man would want mercy for Jackson...

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Genres:

Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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