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The Public Defender is a half-hour 69-episode television dramatic series starring Reed Hadley as Bart Matthews, an attorney for the indigent. The series aired on CBS from March 11, 1954 to June 23, 1955, a season and a half.

  1. Mort R. Lewis


  2. Sam Shayon


Series Cast

  1. Reed Hadley as Bart Matthews

    Reed Hadley

    Bart Matthews

    69 Episodes

  2. John Pickard as Capt. Perry and Prosecuting Attorney

    John Pickard

    Capt. Perry, Prosecuting Attorney

    3 Episodes

  3. Frank Hagney as Guard, Charlie, and Mac

    Frank Hagney

    Guard, Charlie, Mac

    3 Episodes

  4. Walter Reed as Cassidy, Jackson Blake, and Attorney

    Walter Reed

    Cassidy, Jackson Blake, Attorney

    3 Episodes

  5. Don C. Harvey as Sgt. Lohman, Detective, and Sheriff-Jailer

    Don C. Harvey

    Sgt. Lohman, Detective, Sheriff-Jailer

    3 Episodes

  6. Robert Bray as Detective Jim Logan, Lt. Bell, and Ray Longo

    Robert Bray

    Detective Jim Logan, Lt. Bell, Ray Longo

    3 Episodes

  7. George E. Stone as Louie Ingram, Charles, and Tony

    George E. Stone

    Louie Ingram, Charles, Tony

    3 Episodes

  8. Frankie Darro as

    Frankie Darro

    2 Episodes

  9. Richard Jaeckel as

    Richard Jaeckel

    2 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 2

1954 • 43 Episodes

Season 2 of Public Defender premiered on September 6, 1954.


(2x43, June 23, 1955) Season Finale

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Public Defender


Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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