Thoroughbred jockey Billy Pearson is Donald Lam and Benay Venuta (Annie Get Your Gun, Bullets Over Broadway, The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown) is Bertha Cool in this 1958 pilot based on the series by Erle Stanley Gardner (writing as "A. A. Fair"). The script is by Edmund Hartman (Paleface, The Lemon Drop Kid, Ghost Catchers; creator of television's Family Affair). Noted director Jacques Tourneur (Out of the Past, Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie) helmed the pilot. Erle Stanley Gardner appears as himself to introduce the episode.
Also featuring Maggy Mahoney, who was Sally Field's mother.
File this one under Pilots I Wish Had Made It.