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Sam Benedict

1 9 6 2 – 1 9 6 3 (USA)
28 x 60 minute episodes

Film noir icon Edmond O’Brien gave a superb, forceful performance as flamboyant San Francisco attorney Sam Benedict. Richard Rust was equally impressive as his dynamic young associate Hank Tabor. Trudy (Joan Tompkins) was their secretary.

Most episodes followed two different stories. One was Benedict’s case and the other was Tabor’s.

O’Brien had starred two years earlier in the underrated private eye series Johnny Midnight.

Guest stars included Inger Stevens, Vera Miles, Elizabeth Ashley, Diana Hyland, Ruth Roman, Hazel Court, Ida Lupino, Howard Duff, Gary Merrill, Claude Rains, Brian Keith and Michael Parks.

This series was loosely based on the career of famed real-life trial lawyer Jacob W “Jake” Erlich, who was a technical consultant on the show.

Sam Benedict was replaced on Saturday nights by another MGM series about a young trainee and an older mentor: The Lieutenant with Gary Lockwood and Robert Vaughn.

Sam Benedict
Edmond O’Brien
Hank Tabor
Richard Rust
Trudy Wagner
Joan Tompkins