The Judge and Jake Wyler

The Judge and Jake Wyler is a 1972 American made-for-television drama film directed by David Lowell Rich. The teleplay was written by Richard Levinson, William Link, and David Shaw. It was produced by Universal Television and broadcast by NBC on December 2, 1972.

The Judge and Jake Wyler
Written byRichard Levinson
William Link
David Shaw
Directed byDavid Lowell Rich
StarringBette Davis
Doug McClure
Eric Braeden
Theme music composerGil Melle
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Richard Levinson
William Link
Jay Benson (associate producer)
Production location(s)Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California
CinematographyWilliam Margulies
Editor(s)Buddy Small
Running time120 min.
Production company(s)Universal Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseDecember 2, 1972

The title characters are a hypochondriac former judge who now owns a private detective agency and her parolee partner. The two are hired by Alicia Dodd to investigate the alleged suicide of her father, whom she suspects was really a murder victim.

Production notes

The film was a pilot for a proposed weekly series that failed to make the network's schedule. Earlier that year, Bette Davis had starred in Madame Sin, a pilot for ABC that also failed to sell.

In 1973, the character of Judge Meredith resurfaced in the form of Lee Grant in the TV movie Partners in Crime, scripted by Shaw and directed by Jack Smight.[1] This, too, was a pilot that went no further than its initial airing.

Principal cast

Principal production credits


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