JUDGE AND JAKE WYLER, THE (TV) (1972 USA)
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Directed by David Lowell Rich
Starring: Bette Davis, Doug McClure, Lou Jacobi
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, TV Pilot
92 minutes | Full screen | Color | English
Even Bette Davis showed up in a TV-movie pilot from time to time. The Judge and Jake Wyler stars the indestructible Davis as a hypochondriac former judge who becomes a private detective. Davis puts paroled ex-con Doug McClure to work as her "leg man," searching for clues in the supposed suicide of the heroine's (Joan Van Ark) businessman father. Had Judge and Jake Wyler sold as a series, Davis would have had to choose between this project and another projected weekly, Madame Sin; the decision was made for her when neither series sold. Two years later, Judge and Jake Wyler was rewritten, recast with Lee Grant and Lou Antonio, and repitched as a pilot under the title Partners in Crime (which also didn't fly). Penned by the infamous duo of Richard Levinson & William Link.