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Lock-Up Volume 1

A lawyer fights for those unjustly accused of crimes in four dramatic episodes of this classic TV series.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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A popular TV series in the late 1950's, "Lock-Up" dramatizes how innocent citizens can be accused and punished for serious crimes, and that a thorough investigation - without prejudice, is the unalienable right of every citizen. The inspiration for these weekly stories (78 episodes from 1959 through 1961), came from the personal files and case histories of prominent, Philadelphia lawyer, Herbert L. Maris, a man who strongly believed in the major canon of American jurisprudence: That we are all presumed innocent until proven guilty. Starring MacDonald Carey as Herbert L. Maris, Esq., each half hour episode portrays the attorney as a man "who has devoted his life to saving the innocent."

The Harry Connors Story: On trial for the fatal beating of a wealthy businessman, and despite four eyewitnesses who saw him running from the crime scene, Harry Connors is acquitted of all charges. While everyone connected to the case is shocked at the verdict, attorney-at-law Herb Maris has strong doubts about the man's guilt and proceeds to investigate on his own.

Brother's Keeper: An elderly couple is mugged and robbed in broad daylight. The culprit runs from the scene and a rookie cop with a perfect service record is dismissed from the force and jailed for letting the young punk escape.

Two Wrongs: A famous actress is shot to death just hours after a nasty fight with her co-star, the arrogant and temperamental Vincent Gibson. When Gibson is indicted for the murder, a mutual friend, who believes the actor is innocent, pleads with Herb Maris to help him.

The Sisters: Shortly before socialite Whitney Coleman is scheduled to testify against her philandering husband in a bitter divorce case, he is found shot to death in the couple's apartment. Though the coroner rules the shooting a suicide, lawyer Maris starts asking questions.

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This collection of television episodes from the crime/drama television show LOCK UP offers a real treat for noir enthusiasts. Veteran actor Macdonald Carey, who later featured in Paul Schrader's AMERICAN GIGOLO, stars as lawyer Herbert L. Maris. Maris enjoys a challenge, and over this collection of episodes he takes on some extremely tough cases, most of which involve him fighting to free people he believes have been wrongly incarcerated. Four episodes are included here: "The Harry Connors Story," "Brother's Keeper," "Two Wrongs," and "The Sisters."

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Action | Detective | Series | Suspense | Thriller

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Rating 3.0 An interesting program from the late 50's Movie Lover: from Reading, PA US -- July, 11, 2006

I have to admit, the first time I saw LOCK UP I had to laugh but I truly enjoyed it. This syndicated show, first aired in 1959, is based on a real-life Philadelphia lawyer, Herbert L. Maris which was played by MacDonald Carey. Maris was devoting his career to defending the wrongly accused. What I found so humorous is his relation to his friend; police detective Weston, played brilliantly by John Doucette. Doucette puts the bad guys behind bars and Carey uses him to find the same guys innocent. I really doubt that Barry Scheck goes to the police or the prosecutors for assistance in freeing an innocent person. Doucette lets Carey walk in at anytime and goes through his files; all this makes the show fun to watch. It?s like Perry Mason asking Lt. Tragg for help in finding his client innocent! How would it look if a LAW & ORDER defense attorney were to walk in on Briscoe and Green? Carey finds the bad guy on his own while Doucette is there by his side to make the arrest. And get this, Carey?s character is a corporate not a criminal lawyer. He seems to have more than one secretary, all blonde and dumb, and he drives some cool wheels, usually a Dodge. Carey has the same long, sad face as John Kerry! All in all, LOCK UP is enjoyable. These days, with our rights being trampled on, society needs people like Scheck and Carey?s character to protect the innocent from over-zealous prosecutors???..Richard


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  • Sales Rank: 1,578
  • UPC: 089218466396
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