A PATTERN OF MORALITY (TV) (1971 USA)
AKA "Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law"
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Directed by Buzz Kulik, Harry Falk
Starring: Arthur Hill, Vera Miles, Joseph Campanella
Genres: Crime, Drama
178 minutes | Full screen | Color | English
Pattern of Morality is the syndicated title of the made-for-TV Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law. Arthur Hill stars as Owen Marshall, a crusading attorney, who defends hippie Bruce Davidson, accused of murdering a wealthy housewife. Though all characters and names are fictitious, the film was clearly inspired by the Tate-LaBianca killings of 1969. The supporting cast includes Joseph Campanella as the husband of the murdered woman, and William Shatner as the DA. Bonus: Two complete bonus episodes of Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law: "Shadow of a Name" (October 28, 1971) Marshall clashes with a district attorney who's determined to win at any cost. Barry Sullivan, Tim Matheson, Farrah Fawcett, and Ed Begley Jr. guest star. "Shine a Light on Me" (February 3, 1972) A boxer-turned-singer is charged with beating up a heckler. Because he was a former boxer, the musician is charged with wielding a deadly weapon. He asks Owen to mount his defense. Lee Majors, Joan Darling, James Brolin, and Jackie Coogan guest star.