The Judge was a one-hour episode of The Dick Powell Theatre that ran during the series’ second season on February 5, 1963. The plot centers on a judge, played by the distinguished actor Richard Basehart (1914-1984), who runs the risk of being compromised when he seeks to commute a death sentence. The episode was directed by Emmy-winning director Bernard L. Kowalski (1929-2007), who like Basehart had a long career in television. The Dick Powell Theatre was an anthology series of various dramas and comedies, initially hosted by Dick Powell when it began in 1961, and then by a series of guests hosts after Powell died in 1963.
Inscription on gavel head: “American Bar Association 1963 Gavel Award, National Broadcasting Company, for the televised drama “The Judge” contributing to public understanding of the judge’s role and the ethical principles surrounding the judicial office.”
This gavel was purchased from the collection of Julian Goodman, who served as President of NBC from 1966 to 1974.
“American Bar Association Gavel Award Winners 1960s.” American Bar Association. p. 7. https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/public_education/silver-gavel/sg-1960s.pdf (18 November 2020).
“Past Silver Gavel Award Winners.” American Bar Association. 2017. https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/programs/silver_gavel/past-recipients/ (18 November 2020).
“The Judge.” IMDB. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0559645/?ref_=ttawd_awd_17 (18 November 2020).