Still, the physical and character resemblance between the two actors is quite real. They both shine with the same kind of decency.
From the mid-1950s on, Whitmore was much more active on television than film (and he always preferred theater to both). His knockout work on the hour-long Twilight Zone episode "On Thursday We Leave for Home" is a career highlight.
On the big screen, Whitmore had a tendency to show up in small, socially conscious dramas - William Wellman's The Next Voice You Hear... (1950), Fred M. Wilcox's Shadow in the Sky (1952), Alfred L. Werker's The Young Don't Cry (1957), Albert Band's Face of Fire (1959), and Carl Lerner's Black Like Me (1964). It can't have been an accident. I read a set of principles behind those choices, and The Law and Mr. Jones fits the template exactly.