Sam Benedict


Sam Benedict is an American legal drama that aired on NBC from September 1962 to March 1963. The series was created and executive produced by E. Jack Neuman. The character Sam Benedict is based on real-life lawyer Jake Ehrlich, who served as technical consultant for the series.[1]

Sam Benedict
Edmond O'Brien Yvonne Craig Sam Benedict 1963.JPG
Edmond O'Brien and Yvonne Craig in 1963 episode "Sugar and Spice and Everything..."
GenreLegal drama
Created byE. Jack Neuman
Written byE. Jack Neuman
Ellis Marcus
Joseph Calvelli
Directed byAbner Biberman
Richard Donner
Ida Lupino
Paul Nickell
StarringEdmond O'Brien
Richard Rust
Theme music composerNelson Riddle
ComposerJeff Alexander
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes28
ProducerWilliam Froug
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production companyMGM Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1962 (1962-09-15) –
March 30, 1963 (1963-03-30)

Guest starsEdit

Episode listEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Hannigan"Boris SagalE. Jack NeumanSeptember 15, 1962 (1962-09-15)

Guest star Gene Raymond. Guest star Lloyd Bochner. Co-starring Katharine Bard as Patricia Hannigan, Tammy Marihugh as Bridgette Hannigan. with Sandy Kenyon, John Alderson, Joan Tompkins, Emily McLaughlin, Donna Douglas, Robert Brubaker, Arthur Hanson, Larry Thor and Edgar Stehli as Barney Tibbets.

Uncredited (in order of appearance): Stuart Holmes, Eddie Hice, Eugene Jackson, Bert Stevens, Spencer Chan, Colin Kenny
2"A Split Week in San Quentin"Lamont JohnsonJoseph CalvelliSeptember 22, 1962 (1962-09-22)

Guest star Jack Weston. Introducing Katharine Ross. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner.

Stefan Gierasch, Rex Ingram, George Kane, J. Pat O'Malley, David Sheiner, Larry Haddon, Robert Ball, Henry Beckman, Jeff Carter and Joe DeSantis.
3"Nor Practice Makes Perfect"Boris SagalWilliam FrougSeptember 29, 1962 (1962-09-29)

Guest star Claude Rains. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner. Linda Watkins, John Anderson, Narda Onyx, Ed Prentiss, Frank Puglia, Adrienne Marden, Joey Scott, Rupert Crosse.

Uncredited (in order of appearance): Jerry Ziesmer, Colin Kenny
4"Nothing Equals Nothing"Lamont JohnsonJohn W. BlochOctober 6, 1962 (1962-10-06)

Guest star Nancy Kelly. Also starring Otto Kruger. and Constance Ford. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner. Edward Asner as Everett Colner, David Sheiner as Ben Williams, Joe De Santis as Judge Parrelli, Henry Beckman as Gerald Spangler, Karl Swenson as Barney Rosvalley. Willie Tsang as Charlie Sin, Mai Tai Sing as Lily Sin, Kendrick Huxham as Evan, Gage Clarke as Judge Newland, Alexander Lockwood as Judge Baker. Uncredited (in order of appearance): Bert Stevens, Eddie Hice, Colin Kenny, Robert Bice

Note: this is the series' sole episode that was filmed in color
5"Tears for a Nobody Doll"Roger KayEllis MarcusOctober 13, 1962 (1962-10-13)

Guest Star Miyoshi Umeki. Co-Starring Joanna Barnes as Cordelia Montagne, Michael Constantine as Judge Tower. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner. Virginia Gregg as Judge Semmeler, Aki Aleong as Arthur Nishibue, Joey Walsh as Howard Munsey, Harold Gould as Al Walpole, Beulah Quo as Mrs. Matsui, Allen Jung as Mr. Matsui, S. John Launer as Walter Price, John Alvin as Burt and Robert F. Simon as Bill Gottlieb.

Uncredited (in order of appearance): Eugene Jackson, Fred Aldrich
6"Twenty Aching Years"Paul NickellStory by : Ellis Marcus and John Kneubuhl
Teleplay by : Ellis Marcus
October 20, 1962 (1962-10-20)

Guest Starring Herschel Bernardi. Harry Townes. Paul Carr. Special Guest Star Joanne Linville. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner. Robert J. Wilke as Radich, Alexander Lockwood as Judge Baker, Francis de Sales as Judge Kramer, Marjorie Corley as Court Clerk.

Bob Biheller as Reald, Gene Benton as Court Clerk and Leonard Nimoy as Joe Shatley.
7"Maddon's Folly"William GrahamE. Jack NeumanOctober 27, 1962 (1962-10-27)

Guest Starring Vera Miles. and Robert Lansing. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner.

Woodrow Parfrey as Vernon Kurtz, Paul Newlan as Judge Quinbury, Ken Renard as Bentley Coombs, Edward O'Brien as Christopher Dane, Joel Fluellen as Ames, Eric Norman as Father Dodgan, Donald Kerr as Cab Driver, Roy Taguchi as Waiter and Bernard Kates as Dobmeyer.
8"Hear the Mellow Wedding Bells"Ida LupinoJoseph Petracca & David RayfielNovember 3, 1962 (1962-11-03)

Guest starring Joseph Schildkraut. and Zohra Lampert. Special Guest Star Larry Blyden. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner. Barry Kelley as Senator Condor, Ross Elliott as Marty Rhodes, Bernard Fein as Harry Owens, Darryl Richards as Leon Katz. Lewis Charles as Charlie, Francis DeSales as Judge, Tom Nello as Cab Driver, Rusty Lane as Court Clerk. and Stanley Adams as Square John McWayde.

Uncredited: Eddie Hice.
9"Life Is a Lie, Love Is a Cheat"Don MedfordGeorge EcksteinNovember 10, 1962 (1962-11-10)

Guest Star Audrey Meadows. Co-Starring Joe Mantell. Co-Starring Ed Nelson. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner. Robert H. Harris, Rusty Lane, Paul Newlan, Ollie O'Toole, John Anderson, Jeane Wood, Roy Glenn, Vince Chase and Dara Howard as Gloria Gorman.

Uncredited: Caryl Lincoln
10"The Bird of Warning"Abner BibermanTeleplay by: Leonard Heideman & Paul Mason
Story by: Barry Trivers
November 17, 1962 (1962-11-17)

Guest star Diana Hyland. Co-Starring Maria Palmer, and George Tobias. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner. Robert H. Harris as Judge Xavier Thomas, Noah Keen as Judge Travis, Adam Williams as Burton Harper, J. Edward McKinley as Dr. Albert Burnson. Henry Beckman as Jerry Spangler, Ollie O'Toole as Court Clerk, Will J. White as Police Officer and Gale Page as Mrs. Heistand.

Uncredited: Eddie Hice
11"The View from an Ivory Tower"Paul NickellFrederick C. Houghton Jr.November 24, 1962 (1962-11-24)
12"Everyone's Playing Polo"Ida LupinoJoseph CalvelliDecember 1, 1962 (1962-12-01)
13"Too Many Strangers"Lawrence DobkinEllis MarcusDecember 8, 1962 (1962-12-08)

Guest Star Marsha Hunt. Special Guest Star Gloria Grahame. Co-Starring Judi Meredith and Michael Parks. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner.

Robert J. Wilke as Lt. Radich, Ross Elliott as Marty Rhodes, Bernard Fein as Harry Owen. Harriet MacGibbon as Melia Branton, John Duke as Perry Lewis, Robert Bailey as Judge Paul Ioni, Arthur Hanson as Judge.
14"So Various, So Beautiful"Abner BibermanArthur OrloffDecember 15, 1962 (1962-12-15)
15"Where There's a Will"Paul NickellArt WallaceDecember 22, 1962 (1962-12-22)
16"The Target Over the Hill"Richard DonnerTeleplay by: Leonard Heideman and E. Jack Neuman
Story by: Leonard Heideman
December 29, 1962 (1962-12-29)

Guest star Inger Stevens. Co-Starring Everett Sloane, and Arch Johnson. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner. Jacques Aubuchon as Dr. Arnold Kozlenko, Patrick Hale as Billy Stone, Edward Mallory as Resident Doctor, Crahan Denton as Dr. Anson Holiday, Byron Kane as Court Clerk, Sidney Clute as Patient, Clancy Cooper as bailiff and Dolores Sutton as Sarah Franklin.

Uncredited: Don Ames
17"Not Even the Gulls Shall Weep"TBATBAJanuary 5, 1963 (1963-01-05)
18"The Boiling Point"Richard DonnerTeleplay by: Paul Mason
Story by: S. Bar-David
January 12, 1963 (1963-01-12)

Guest Star David Wayne. Special Guest Star Gary Merrill. Co-Starring Abner Biberman with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner. Kenneth Tobey as Lt. Pete Kender, Alexander Lockwood as Judge Baker, Elizabeth MacRae as Gretchen Jerome, John McLiam as Inspector.

William Sargent as Art Walters, Jo Helton as Claude Merriman, Arthur Hanson as Tom Alderson, Susan Adams as Iris Walters, Lisa Froug as Carole Merriman
19"Green Room, Grey Morning"Abner BibermanCarey WilburJanuary 19, 1963 (1963-01-19)

Guest star Ruth Roman. Co-Starring Tige Andrews. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner. Sam Gilman as Dr. Springheart, Frank Albertson as Frank Gordon, Ken Lynch as Charles DeFranco, Ralph Manza as Pat Smith, Anthony Call as Intern, Bernadette Hale as Receiving Nurse.

Uncredited: Albert Cavens
20"Run Softly, Oh Softly"TBATBAJanuary 26, 1963 (1963-01-26)
21"Sugar and Spice and Everything..."Ida LupinoSidney MarshallFebruary 9, 1963 (1963-02-09)

Guest star Arthur O'Connell. Also Starring Yvonne Craig. Co-Starring Robert Emhardt, Co-Starring Gail Kobe. with Joan Tompkins as Trudy Wagner.

William Schallert as Neil Carlson, Paul Birch as Capt. Boyd, Peter Mamakos as Marco, Tyler McVey as Newsman, Richard Donner as Grover Stann, Bill Baldwin as Court clerk, Paul Kent as Doctor, Alfred Shelly as Bailiff, Mary Benoit as Matron and Robert Ellin as Dr. Michael Franklin.
22"Some Fires Die Slowly"Richard DonnerArt WallaceFebruary 16, 1963 (1963-02-16)

Guest Starring Barry Sullivan and James MacArthur. Special Guest Star Betty Field

George Mitchell as Joseph Martinson, Karl Swenson as Barney Rossvalley, Gage Clark as Judge Edward Rogers, Jesslyn Fax as Howard Munsey, Ted Knight as Judge Walker, Norman Burton as Lt. Warren Jones, Joe Perry as Marshall Frescoe and Dara Howard as Cindy Wynn.
23"Image of a Toad"TBATBAFebruary 23, 1963 (1963-02-23)
24"Seventeen Gypsies and a Sinner Named Charlie"TBATBAMarch 2, 1963 (1963-03-02)
25"Accomplice"TBATBAMarch 9, 1963 (1963-03-09)
26"Read No Evil"TBATBAMarch 16, 1963 (1963-03-16)
27"Of Rusted Cannons and Fallen Sparrows"TBATBAMarch 23, 1963 (1963-03-23)
28"Season for Vengeance"TBATBAMarch 30, 1963 (1963-03-30)

Disclaimer in end creditsEdit

"Sam Benedict is based on
the real living character of
J. W. (Jake) Ehrlich but the
stories are fictional."

Home mediaEdit

On November 22, 2016, Warner Bros. released Sam Benedict – The Complete Series on DVD via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available through Warner's online store and[3]

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1029. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ Joseph Schildkraut received a best actor Emmy Award nomination in 1963 for his guest-starring role on Sam Benedict. Retrieved November 1, 2010.
  3. ^ 'The Complete Series' of the 1962 NBC Legal Drama Archived 2016-10-28 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

  • Sam Benedict at IMDb