In "The Defense Rests," Alan Ladd stars as an ex-con charged with the murder of the attorney who sent him to prison.
As the episode opens, court is in session and attorney Max Krieger proclaims his fatherly feelings fro the defendant, Robert Tasca. Mr. Krieger has done everything for him! Nevertheless, Robert now stands trial for the murder of Mr. Krieger's law partner.
How did that happen? When Robert was released from prison, Mr. Krieger gave him a job as a clerk in his office. Although his law partner, Arthur Hines, was the man who convicted Robert and sent him to prison...Mr. Krieger was sure they would get along fine.
So, when Mr. Hines was found murdered in his office...
"The Defense Rests" was written by filmmaker and screenwriter Rowland Brown and adapted by Robert L. Richards. William Spier produced and directed. Alan Ladd starred. Also appearing were Hans Conried, John McIntire, and Will Wright. This episode aired on March 9, 1944.
To learn more about the unusual career of Rowland Brown, read his bio at Allrovi.com.