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The Trials of O'Brien

All Episodes 1965 - 1966

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  • 1965-09-19T00:30:00Z
  • 48m
  • 17h 36m (22 episodes)
  • Gene Wang
  • United States
  • English
  • The O'Brien Company + 2 more, Filmways Pictures, Mayo Productions
  • Comedy, Drama
The Trials of O'Brien is a 1965 television series starring Peter Falk as a sordid Shakespeare-quoting lawyer and featuring Elaine Stritch as his secretary and Joanna Barnes as his ex-wife. The series ran for only 22 episodes. Among its guest stars: Milton Berle, Robert Blake, David Carradine, Faye Dunaway, Britt Ekland, Tammy Grimes, Buddy Hackett, Gene Hackman, Frank Langella, Angela Lansbury, Cloris Leachman, Roger Moore, Rita Moreno, Estelle Parsons, Joanna Pettet, Brock Peters, Tony Roberts and Martin Sheen. Falk often said that he actually liked this financially unsuccessful series much better than his later smash-hit Columbo.

22 episodes

Series Premiere

1965-09-19T00:30:00Z

1x01 Over Defense is Out

Series Premiere

1x01 Over Defense is Out

  • 1965-09-19T00:30:00Z48m

O'Brien represents a client who was charged with murder after being released from prison. Guest star: Vincent Gardenia

1x02 Bargain Day on the Street of Regret

  • 1965-09-26T00:30:00Z48m

O'Brien wins the contract of boxer Joe Rooney (Robert Blake) in a dice game, but the pugnacious Rooney is in jail for stealing money from his former manager. Guest Stars include Hershel Bernardi (star of series ""Arnie"", a Broadway ""Fiddler"", and much more), Tony Musante (""Toma"") and Albert Dekker (""Dr.Cyclops"", ""Experiment Perilous"", probably one of his last roles before his strange auto-erotic death) and the lovely, talented Judi West (""Fortune Cookie""), in her television debut, as Joe's girlfriend.

1x03 Notes on a Spanish Prisoner

  • 1965-10-03T00:30:00Z48m

Eva Grimaldi (Mary Tahmin) cons the con: she borrows $2500 from her boyfriend Ollie Maxwell (Buddy Hackett) to ransom her millionaire father, who is being held prisoner in Latin America.

1x04 Never Bet on Anything That Talks

  • 1965-10-10T00:30:00Z48m

O'Brien's English bookie is charged in the death of an accountant, but the person who can clear him is nowhere to be found.

1965-10-17T00:30:00Z

1x05 What Can Go Wrong

1x05 What Can Go Wrong

  • 1965-10-17T00:30:00Z48m

After discovering that a man is dating his ex-wife (Joanna Barnes), O'Brien delightedly sets him up as a "pigeon" in order to trap a killer. Guest stars: Roger Moore and Michael Constantine.

1965-10-24T00:30:00Z

1x06 Goodbye and Keep Cool

1x06 Goodbye and Keep Cool

  • 1965-10-24T00:30:00Z48m

A woman (Cloris Leachman) is accused of murdering her husband, and retains O'Brien to defend her. Guest star: Robert Loggia.

1965-10-31T00:30:00Z

1x07 A Gaggle of Girls

1x07 A Gaggle of Girls

  • 1965-10-31T00:30:00Z48m

O'Brien is retained by a Mother Superior in order to persuade the owner of an adjoining cafe to permit St. Anthony's Youth Center to use its garden.

1965-11-07T01:30:00Z

1x08 The Trouble with Archie

1x08 The Trouble with Archie

  • 1965-11-07T01:30:00Z48m

O'Brien investigates the death of a partner in the Seventh Avenue Dress House where his ex-wife works. Guest stars: Lou Jacobi, Theodore Bikel, Simon Oakland and Alice Ghostley.

1x09 How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

  • 1965-11-14T01:30:00Z48m

A "heist artist" who is accused of fatally stabbing a dealer of rare violins is defended by O'Brien. Guest stars: Norman Fell, Dana Elcar, Kurt Kasznar, Frank Langella, and former boxer Jake LaMotta.

1965-11-21T01:30:00Z

1x10 Charlie Has All the Luck

1x10 Charlie Has All the Luck

  • 1965-11-21T01:30:00Z48m

While being bugged by his ex-wife to sign the lease on her luxurious apartment, O'Brien must defend a client involved in a fatal shooting that follows a fixed horse race. Guest stars: Martin Sheen, Tony Roberts, and Philip Bosco.

1965-11-28T01:30:00Z

1x11 Picture Me a Murder

1x11 Picture Me a Murder

  • 1965-11-28T01:30:00Z48m

O'Brien represents a movie producer (Alan Alda) who was charged with resisting arrest while filming an "underground" movie. Guest stars: Claude Akins, Charles Grodin, Jessica Walter, and Joanna Pettet.

1965-12-04T01:30:00Z

1x12 Dead End on Flugel Street

1x12 Dead End on Flugel Street

  • 1965-12-04T01:30:00Z48m

A burlesque comedian (Milton Berle) is involved in murder when his straight man is killed after making advances on the comedian's wife.

1965-12-11T01:30:00Z

1x13 No Justice for the Judge

1x13 No Justice for the Judge

  • 1965-12-11T01:30:00Z48m

An eccentric judge (Burgess Meredith) engages O'Brien to represent him on charges of mental disability that could remove him from the bench. Guest stars: Robert Emhardt, Barnard Hughes, and Ken Kercheval.

1965-12-18T01:30:00Z

1x14 Leave It to Me

1x14 Leave It to Me

  • 1965-12-18T01:30:00Z48m

O'Brien tries to have a will declared invalid before three greedy heirs (Angela Lansbury, George Rose and Thayer David) kill each other in a house that's booby-trapped from cellar to attic.

1966-01-08T01:30:00Z

1x15 Alarums and Excursions

1x15 Alarums and Excursions

  • 1966-01-08T01:30:00Z48m

A foster father (John McGiver), who is content to keep collecting welfare checks, hires O'Brien to keep seven children with him after an adoption judge takes the youths away from him.

1966-01-15T01:30:00Z

1x16 The 10-Foot, 6-Inch Pole

1x16 The 10-Foot, 6-Inch Pole

  • 1966-01-15T01:30:00Z48m

Accountant Jerry Quinlan was an apparent suicide, until it is discovered that he had questions and suspicions about his company's books which he was about to report.

1966-01-22T01:30:00Z

1x17 A Horse Called Destiny

1x17 A Horse Called Destiny

  • 1966-01-22T01:30:00Z48m

O'Brien represents a spiritualist in the murder of a wealthy client whose death he has predicted.

1966-01-29T01:30:00Z

1x18 The Blue Steel Suite

1x18 The Blue Steel Suite

  • 1966-01-29T01:30:00Z48m

Protesting their living conditions, the prisoners of the state prison's isolation cell block have taken 3 hostages whom they will only release if O'Brien will make a public presentation of their case.

1966-02-05T01:30:00Z

1x19 The Partridge Papers

1x19 The Partridge Papers

  • 1966-02-05T01:30:00Z48m

James Partridge, who once worked for British Intelligence, believes he was the target of a hit and run driver who was responsible for landing O'Brien in the hospital with a broken leg. This episode was the dramatic television debut of singer Sheila MacRae (wife of Gorden MacRae, and TV wife of Jackie Gleason in his ""Amecrican Scene"" magazine Honeymooners period)

1966-03-05T01:30:00Z

1x20 The Greatest Game (1)

1x20 The Greatest Game (1)

  • 1966-03-05T01:30:00Z48m

""WANTED - Macedonian Art Objects, 17th Century, Contact:Daniel J O'Brien"" With this ad in a Manhatten peoper, O'Brien begins an international hunt for the Viktor Emblem, a ""jewel encrusted treasure of a Balkan Country"", which has been stolen from a shrine, and is being offered by 4 thieves for $500,000, with a fee for O'Brien to handle the negotiations. Altho this two part episode was broadcast in B&W, in 1966, it was edited into a tv-movie in color, ""Too Many Thieves"" (thanks- Classic TV Archive for that tidbit) It also marked the US tv debut of Britt Ecklund, then the wife of Peter Sellers (and later Rod ""the Mod"" Stewart) Ludwig Donath was know for his Broadway performances in the musicals ""She Loves Me"" and ""A Family Affair""

1966-03-12T01:30:00Z

1x21 The Greatest Game (2)

1x21 The Greatest Game (2)

  • 1966-03-12T01:30:00Z48m

O'Brien's negotiations for the Viktor Emblem get more complicated when the person holding it has his life threatened.

1966-03-19T01:30:00Z

1x22 The Only Game in Town

1x22 The Only Game in Town

  • 1966-03-19T01:30:00Z48m

Taking the bench as an interim judge on the New York Supreme Court, O'Brien deals with the case of a seaman (Alejandro Rey) accused of murdering a co-worker with a longshoreman's hook. Gene Hackman plays the prosecutor in the case.

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