Slattery's People (1964–1965)

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Even though this episode has not been seen on a TV screen since it was first run in 1964, the script can be found in a 1966 book by Coles Trapnell, The Television Teleplay. Based on reading... See full synopsis »


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James E. Moser (creator), James E. Moser


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Episode credited cast:
Richard Crenna ... James Slattery
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Allen ... Pat Russell
Edward Asner ... Frank Radcliff
Tol Avery ... Speaker Bert Metcalf
Leora Dana ... Mary Sanborn
Paul Geary Paul Geary ... Johnny Ramos
Berkeley Harris Berkeley Harris ... Senator Bart Elliott
Maxine Stuart ... B.J. Clawson
Malachi Throne ... Representative Carl Butler
Garry Walberg ... Alan Morrow (as Gary Walberg)
James Whitmore ... Representative Harry Sanborn


Even though this episode has not been seen on a TV screen since it was first run in 1964, the script can be found in a 1966 book by Coles Trapnell, The Television Teleplay. Based on reading the script alone, I would have to say that it was television of a high order..perhaps not a masterpiece, but still an excellent piece of drama. It was the first episode of this highly regarded series and does an excellent job of not simply introducing Slattery and the other characters, but of portraying the day to day realities of a state legislature. Veteran TV scipter James Moser( Dragnet, Ben Casey, and Medic ) wrote a tense, suspenseful and dramatic script with fully realized characters. Elliot, an ambitious and rather self-righteous young state legislator, brings sensational charges against respected veteran legislator Harry Sanborn(James Whitmore), and Speaker Bert Metcalf asks Minority leader Slattery to lead the investigation of his friend and colleague. The resulting investigation has ...

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21 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sacramento, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Superb first episode of a forgotten TV masterpiece.
21 February 2012 | by coop-16See all my reviews

I will be candid. Even though there are copies of this episode at the Museum Of Broadcasting in Chicago and the Smithsonian, I have never actually seen it. Fortunately, the whole script can be found in an excellent book by Coles Trapnell called Teleplay: Writing For Television. Based on the script alone, I will say that this was very fine Televiosn indeed. Veteran scriptwriter James ( Ben Casey/Medic) Moser spent nine months researching the California state legislature, and it shows. the script does an excellent job of introducing all of the characters and portraying the day to day realities of politics. Jim Slattery,(Richard Crenna) eight year veteran of the state house of representatives, and leader of the minority party, is confronted by a very difficult political and moral dilemma. An ambitious-and very unpleasant- young state senator has brought sensational charges against one of Slattery's best friends,, another veteran legislator, Harry Sanborn ( the great James Whitmore). House Speaker Bert Metcalfe( Tol Avery) gives Crenna the unpleasant, but necessary , task of investigating the charges. Then Slattery discovers that the charges might be in fact true. Does he uphold the integrity of the legislative process, even at the risk of endangering his friends career? Democracy is ultimately affirmed, but at a tragic price. It is absurd that this terrific show is not available on DVD. please, CBS, stop being stubborn and stupid and release this magnificent show from the vaults!

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