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Scripts and Set Plans for the Television Series The Defenders, 1962-1965
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  • Title: The Defenders scripts and set plans
    Identifier/Call Number: PASC.0129
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3 linear ft. (7 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1962-1965
    Abstract: The Defenders was televised 1961 to 1965. The series featured E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as a father-son team of defense attorneys. The program established a model for social-issue type television series that were created in the early sixties. The collection consists of annotated scripts from January 1962 to March 1965.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], The Defenders Scripts and Set Plans (Collection PASC 129). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    The Defenders television series ran from September 1961-September 1965. Filmed in New York, the stories centered on a father-and-son team of defense attorneys, and explored issues such as euthanasia, abortion, blacklisting, and civil disobedience. Regular cast members included, E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Polly Rowles, Helen Donaldson, and Joan Hackett. The series was created by Reginald Rose, who wrote several of the scripts, and was produced by Herbert Brodkin. Other regular writers included Ernest Kinoy and Robert Crean.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of annotated scripts for the television series The Defenders. Includes the scripts for production numbers 29-132 (January 1962-March 1965). Script annotations may have been made by writer, Robert Markell.

    Related Material

    Paramount Television records (Collection PASC 171). Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, UCLA.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Television scripts.
    Television--Production and direction--Archival resources.