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Re: TV NOTW 8/12/2015: The Law and Mr. Jones - "A Very Special Citizen" (Aired 3/24/1961)
Posted by Wisconsin Mark on 8/12/2015, 6:13 pm, in reply to "Re: TV NOTW 8/12/2015: The Law and Mr. Jones - "A Very Special Citizen" (Aired 3/24/1961)"
I watched the episode twice and was very taken with it. What makes it special is nothing all that fancy at surface level, but rather the LACK of fanciness at surface level! By definition, that makes the appeal rather subtle and refined. Since subtlety and realism are not exactly the strong suit of television series circa 1960, I am now VERY curious to find out to what extent the other 44 episodes follow this pattern. General descriptions of the show suggest that to at least a considerable extent, they do, although it is also noted that Whitmore's Jones occasionally gets physically belligerent when he feels passionately about a case. But that would be realistic, too! - one can't imagine Perry Mason ever throwing a punch, because he would never NEED to. The more ordinarily talented Mr. Jones might well get frustrated when his skills don't net the desired result. Don't we all?
A more-or-less consistent refusal to punch up a television series melodramatically would be highly distinctive.