Incident in a Small Town

Incident in a Small Town is a 1994 American made-for-television drama film and a sequel to The Incident (1990) and Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (1992) directed by Delbert Mann, starring Walter Matthau, Harry Morgan and Stephanie Zimbalist. This is the third and final television film featuring the characters Harmon Cobb and Judge Bell.

Incident in a Small Town
Written byCindy Myers
Directed byDelbert Mann
Edwin Self producer (uncredited)
Everett Chambers (supervising producer)
StarringWalter Matthau
Harry Morgan
Stephanie Zimbalist
Music byLee Holdridge
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Robert Halmi Sr.
Larry Strichman (co-executive producer)
Producer(s)Robert Halmi
CinematographyErnest Day
Editor(s)George Jay Nicholson
Running time85 minutes
Production company(s)Procter & Gamble Productions
RHI Entertainment
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 23, 1994
Preceded byAgainst Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore


Set in Cook County, Illinois in 1953, Harmon Cobb comes to the defense of Judge Bell, who stands accused of killing the abusive father of his daughter's child. in which a judge in a small town discovers that the skeletons in his family closet are aired for all to see after he's named as a prime suspect in the murder of his grandson's father.[1]


  • Walter Matthau as Harmon Cobb
  • Harry Morgan as Judge Bell
  • Stephanie Zimbalist as Lily Margaret Bell
  • Nick Stahl as John Bell Trenton
  • Bernard Behrens as Judge Greeves
  • Lori Hallier as Madeleine
  • David Nerman as Frank Trenton
  • Dennis Strong as Joseph Baldwin
  • James Blendick as Seawright
  • Dee McCafferty as Police Officer
  • Cara Pifko as Nancy
  • Eve Crawford as Mrs. Deane
  • Jim Warren as Chuck
  • Jeremy Tracz as Travis
  • Bruce McFee as Spencer

Preceding films

Although not 'prequels' in the sense of having related plots, the two other films The Incident and Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore both feature the characters of Harmonn Cobb and Judge Bell. In all three films, the characters are played by the same actors.


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