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Fear on Trial

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(CBS, 10/2/1975, 120 mins). This ambitious Emmy-nominated film follows the troubles stalking John Henry Faulk, a folksy, homespun radio-television personality of the early 1950s whose broadcasting career was abruptly cut off during the blacklisting of the era. Retaining attorney Louis Nizer, he went to court and successfully sued for libel, obtaining a $3.5-million judgment, although he never again came back to network radio or television. The character portrayed by Lois Nettleton actually was Kim Hunter, the actress and fellow blacklistee, who refused to allow her name to be used in this teleplay for which David Rintels won an Emmy. William Devane, Lois Nettleton and director Lamont Johnson also were nominated. Bruce Geller, the creator and developer of such TV series as “Mission: Impossible” and “Mannix,” played the role of his father, the presiding judge at the trial of Faulk vs. Aware, Inc .

Production Company Alan Landsburg Productions. Director Lamont Johnson. Executive Producers Alan Landsburg, Laurence D. Savadove. Producer Stanley Chase. Teleplay David W. Rintels. Based on the Autobiography by John Henry Faulk. Photography Bill Butler. Editor Tom Rolf. Art Director John J. Lloyd.

Cast George C. Scott (Louis Nizer), William Devane (John Henry Faulk), Dorothy Tristan (Laura Faulk), William Redfield (Stan Hopp), Milt Kogan (Herb Steinmann), Allan Miller (Gerry Dickler), John Lehne (Thomas Bolan), Ben Piazza (Harry), John Harkins (Hartnett), John McMartin (Tom Murray), Paul Hecht (Paul), Lois Nettleton (Nan Claybourne), John Houseman (Mike Collis), Judd Hirsch (Saul), David Susskind (Himself), Mark Goodson (Himself), Bruce Geller (Judge Abraham N. Geller), Dorothy Rice (Anne Steinmann), Paul Jenkins (Paul Martinson), Clifford David (Hall), Nicholas Pryor (Art Beresford), William Traylor (Andy), Mona Bruns (Lady #2), John Lasell (Fred), Irene Robinson (Mildred Nizer), Susan Kirschner (Wendy Faulk), Kim Webster (Jean Faulk), Alice Backes (Lady #1), Maxine Cooper (Helen Soffer), Madeline Lee, Mary-Alan Hokanson, Manuel Depina, Thomas Duncan, William Hellinger, Alan Rachins.

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