Thursday, October 30, 2008
From Jake Ehrlich to Star Trek
The hand-signed photo from Gene Roddenberry to Jake "The Master" Ehrlich reads:
Greatest writing compliment ever received – "333 Montgomerey Steet" review which accused me of stealing the dialog from Ehrlich trial records. –Gene Roddenberry
Gene Roddenberry was close friends with Jake Ehrlich Sr. Gene Roddenbery wrote and directed the pilot for 333 Montgomery which starred Deforest Kelly playing the character based on Jake "The Master" Ehrlich. Just after 333 Montgomery Deforest Kelly went on to play Dr. McCoy on "Bones" on Star Trek which Gene Roddenberry wrote and directed.
You can watch the pilot for 333 Montgomery in the post below this one:
333 Montgomery was one of three TV shows based on Jake Ehrlich's career.
It was written and produced by Gene Roddenberry and was named 333 Montgomery because that was Jake Ehrlich's Law Office address for many years.
The other two TV shows based on Jake Ehrlich's career were Perry Mason staring Raymond Burr and Sam Benedict starring Edmund O'brien..
Below you can watch the pilot for 333 Montgomery which stars DeForest Kelly playing The Master. DeForest Kelly went on to play Dr. McCoy (Bones) on Star Trek which Gene Roddenberry also produced.
333 Montgomery originally aired on June 13, 1960. Jake Ehrlich personally chose DeForest Kelly to play him. There were two different versions of the pilot that aired, and this is one of them: