Public Defender (1954–1955)
Bart Matthews takes a personal initiative to assist a carnival entertainer accused of stealing an heirloom ring worth $15,000.


Erle C. Kenton


John Tucker Battle (teleplay), Mort R. Lewis (creator) (as Mort Lewis) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Reed Hadley ... Bart Matthews
James Gleason ... Duke Scanlon
Marie Windsor ... Melody Scanlon
Don 'Red' Barry ... Milo Martin
Jeri Lou James Jeri Lou James ... Kiki Scanlon
Peter Adams Peter Adams ... Preston Carstairs
Isabel Randolph ... Alice Carstairs
Ben Welden ... Pinhead Pete
James Parnell James Parnell ... Officer


Against the wishes of her daughter Kiki and her father Duke, carnival sideshow dancer Melody Scanlon becomes engaged to marry socially prominent Preston Carstairs. The ring he gives her is a family heirloom worth $15,000, but Kiki takes it from her mother's bureau drawer to prove the engagement to their fellow "carnies" and ask them if there is anything to be done to stop the marriage. Kiki's problem becomes moot when domineering matriarch Alice Carstairs objects vehemently to the marriage and demands that Melody return the ring. Preston is unable to stand up to his mother and Melody is unable to immediately produce the ring, so Alice has her arrested on a charge of grand theft. Bart Matthews happens to be nearby when the distraught Melody is brought into the police station. He takes a personal initiative to determine the nature of the "theft" and attempt to locate the ring in an effort to persuade the District Attorney to dismiss the unjust charge. Written by Sam Spear

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Release Date:

23 August 1954 (USA) See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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