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A successful lawyer defends a hippie accused of murdering a wealthy housewife.

Alternate title: "A Pattern of Morality"

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    • Author: GODMAX
    It's amazing that Arthur Hill eventually got to make Owen Marshall into an interesting lawyer who shared honestly with the audience how he sometimes needed to wrestle with ethical boundaries. It's amazing the character got to live for four years on network television considering this overwrought and failed attempt at contemporary (circa 1971) relevance. The normally redoubtable Buzz Kulik, normally among the best at taut made-for-TV drama, instead gets extremely overwrought and heavily cliched performances from the entire cast. As a result, Hill's Marshall comes across as unbearably stiff in comparison.

    The far-fetched plot makes little sense, and Lee Majors is unbearably wooden as the purported voice of the new generation. If you have fond memories of the TV series and get the opportunity to see this made-for-TV pilot movie, preserve your image and hope that series episodes eventually wend their way to DVD. This hopelessly muddled mess is simply not worth watching.
  • Episode cast overview, first billed only:
    Arthur Hill Arthur Hill - Owen Marshall
    Vera Miles Vera Miles - Joan Baldwin
    Joseph Campanella Joseph Campanella - Dr. Eric Gibson
    William Shatner William Shatner - District Attorney Dave Blankenship
    Tim Matheson Tim Matheson - Jim McGuire
    Ramon Bieri Ramon Bieri - Dr. Thomas Hershey
    Sorrell Booke Sorrell Booke - Murray Gale
    Bruce Davison Bruce Davison - Raymond 'Cowboy' Leatherberry
    Dana Wynter Dana Wynter - Judge Lynn Oliver
    Joan Darling Joan Darling - Frieda Krause
    Christine Matchett Christine Matchett - Melissa Marshall
    Walter Brooke Walter Brooke - Dr. Ray Baldwin
    Kathleen Lloyd Kathleen Lloyd - Gloria (as Kathy Lloyd)
    Rick Lenz Rick Lenz - Baird Marshall
    Don 'Red' Barry Don 'Red' Barry - Norman (as Donald Barry)
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