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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid b-movie fare from Merton Park Studios
Between 1962 and 1967, thirteen short films were made in The Scales of Justice series. Destined for theatrical release as support features, they went on to garner a modest cult status when they were later screened on television.

Although The Scales of Justice has never had the status of other Merton Park productions of the time, such as the Edgar Wallace...
Published on 13 Oct 2012 by Mr. D. K. Smith

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3.0 out of 5 stars Scales of Justice
I enjoyed the DVD it was a good reminder of when I was young and used to watch these late at night with my dad.Some very young tv stars of the future too.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid b-movie fare from Merton Park Studios, 13 Oct 2012
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Mr. D. K. Smith (South Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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Between 1962 and 1967, thirteen short films were made in The Scales of Justice series. Destined for theatrical release as support features, they went on to garner a modest cult status when they were later screened on television.

Although The Scales of Justice has never had the status of other Merton Park productions of the time, such as the Edgar Wallace Mysteries, these thirteen films are good solid fare, showcasing many familiar faces from this era of British film and television.

Derek Francis, Bernard Archard, Ray Barrett, Peter Barkworth, Garfield Morgan, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Reginald Marsh, Barrie Ingham, Keith Barron, James Ellis, Alexandra Bastedo and Justine Lord are amongst the impressive roster of acting talent. If those names mean anything to you, then it's a safe bet that you will enjoy this release.

Each film is introduced by Edgar Lustgarten, who had penned a number of books detailing true-life criminal cases. The Scales of Justice reflects this, as every story is based on actual events.

With an average running time of 30 minutes, these don't outstay their welcome, but are long enough to give the excellent casts a chance to flex their acting muscles.

Shot in 1:66:1, it's pleasing to note that for the majority of stories Network have been able to source good-quality prints. Most are in B&W, with the last handful of stories shot in Colour.

Highly recommended.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SCALES OF JUSTICE, 16 July 2012
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Although The Scales of Justice DVD will not be released until September, I feel I must comment on this series with fondness. I was just seventeen in 1965 and worked as a cinema projectionist in Tenterden Kent. The Scales of Justice second features were often more exciting than the main film. The series always opened with the Warner Pathe logo, followed by the famous Anglo Amalgamated globe & fanfare. Each story was introduced by Edgar Lustgarten. Considering the budget at Merton Park, the stories were rather good with a sprinkling of known actors. After the success of the first B&W programmes, the remaining series bursed into colour. Those who are old enough will remember the closing titles, accompanied by The Tornadoes. A welcome transfer to DVD, along with The Edgar Wallace collection. I shall have many hours of happy viewing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice collection, 9 Oct 2012
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Three cheers for Network/Studio Canal!....After bringing us the excellent "Mysteries of Edgar Wallace" collection, the two have thankfully teamed up again to present the entertaining "Scales of Justice"...And the great news is that the picture and sound quality on this black & white/colour collection is excellent, and presented in the original widescreen aspect ratio (1.66:1). The only extra is a very brief image gallery, there are no subtitles.

Produced by Anglo-Amalgamated at the legendary Merton Park studios between 1962/67, these second features were originally released for distribution through British cinemas, and are based on real-life cases. Presented by famous criminologist, Edgar Lustgarten (Scotland Yard series), in some ways the stories evoke memories of Lustgarten's fondly-remembered earlier series, thanks mainly to the style & presentation, with Lustgarten's brief intro followed by a pleasing occasional narrative. Each story unfolds in retrospect before rounding off with the court case.

With an interestingly varied collection of crimes, each story is directed at a good pace with solid performances from a host of familiar guest stars from the era (see below). For those who enjoyed the previous "Scotland Yard" (another Anglo-Amalgamated production) I would say these 30-minute crime features are well worth a look - great nostalgia. This release includes the complete collection of thirteen films. I will refrain from adding any comments on individual stories for fear of giving away spoilers. The inside of the DVD case features an episode synopsis which I have included below, along with a few details....

*THE GUILTY PARTY (1962,B/W)....Edward Sinclair and his wife, Thelma, live surrounded by luxury and all the trappings of wealth. But Sinclair himself is weighed down heavily by debts...
Starring Derek Francis, Jack Gwillam, Anthony Jacobs, Jean Lodge, Zena Marshall & Wensley Pithey. Directed by Lionel Harris.

*A WOMAN'S PRIVILEGE (1962,B/W)....Shirley Fawcett, taking a cruise to cheer herself up after a broken romance, meets Joe Ashton, a mature bachelor with a one-man business. Friendship rapidly turns to love - but the relationship is soon to turn sour.
Starring Bernard Archard, Ernest Clark, Noel Hood, Ann Lynn & Patrick Wymark. Directed by Anthony Bushell.

*MOMENT OF DECISION (1962,B/W)....A nursemaid loses the baby in her charge.
Starring Ray Barratt, Pat Healy, Marjie Lawrence, Michael Aspel, Viola Keats, Tim Hudson, Norman Claridge, Lisa Madron & Michael Sarne. Directed by John Knight.

*POSITION OF TRUST (1963,B/W)....The wild son of a powerful industrialist plans an illicit weekend away from his fiancee with Yvonne, a pretty French girl. However, on their first morning at the hotel a man barges into their bedroom and announces that he is a private detective - acting for Yvonne's husband.
Starring Peter Barkworth, Geoffrey Chater, Imogen Hassall, Cyril Luckham, Michael Nightingale & Edward Atienza. Directed by Lionel Harris.

*THE UNDESIRABLE NEIGHBOUR (1963,B/W)....When Anna and Peter, a young married couple, move into a new home, the attractive Anna proves popular with the local men. Inevitably, the resident gossips are intrigued - and one in particular takes her investigation rather too far.
Starring Vanda Godsell, Bridget Armstrong, Anthony Newlands, Ronald Hatton, Dorinda Stevens, Garfield Morgan & Howard Pays. Directed by Gordon Hales.

*THE INVISIBLE ASSET (1963,B/W)....In a city restaurant, the owner blackmails his most influential customers by using a hidden microphone on a special table.
Starring Annette Carell, Philip Latham, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Kenneth J. Warren, John Wentworth, Gabriella Licudi & Stanley Morgan. Directed by Norman Harrison.

*PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL (1965,B/W)....Found in the briefcase of the man in room 755, who fell - or was pushed - from a seventh-storey window, is the red file; it is marked 'Top Secret'.
Starring Robert Cartland, Howard Lang, Harry Littlewood, Ellen McIntosh, Billy Milton, Geoffrey Toone & Windsor Davies. Directed by Geoffrey Nethercott.

*THE HIDDEN FACE (1965,B/W)....Jane Penshurst is the author of a book attacking an MP, Milsom. When Milsom shoots himself, his son, William, seeks revenge.
Starring Richard Butler, Jill Dixon, Vernon Dobtcheff, Christine Finn, Gretchen Franklin, Robert James & Alec MacIntosh. Directed by Patrick Dromgoole.

*THE MATERIAL WITNESS (1965,B/W)....A young man is the personal assistant to a company executive who has very little time for him.
Starring John Horsley, Harry Locke, Reginald Marsh, Sally Nesbitt, Noel Trevarthen & Hector Ross. Directed by Geoffrey Nethercott.

*COMPANY OF FOOLS (1966/colour)....Five strangers from varied walks of life come together to investigate the life of a man who has caused them all serious financial losses, and to exact their own private revenge.
Starring Barrie Ingham, Jacqueline Jones, Maurice Kaufman, Barry Keegan, Garfield Morgan, Robert Dorning, Dorothy Frere & Frank Williams. Directed by Peter Duffell.

*THE HAUNTED MAN (1966/colour)....Actor Bill Kenton, injured trying to prevent a raid on a shop, returns to his career to find that he cannot remember his lines. Forced to leave the theatre, he becomes obsessed with finding the thieves.
Starring Keith Barron, Alexandra Bastedo, Isobel Black, James Ellis, Tenniel Evans & John Gabriel. Directed by Stanley Willis.

*INFAMOUS CONDUCT (1966/colour)....Surgeon Anthony Searle is struck off the medical register following accusations of misconduct. Deserted by his wife, he seeks solace by the coast, where he becomes involved with a young artist, Janet. A meeting with Janet's cousin, however, leads him into dangerous territory.
Starring Dermot Walsh, Bridget Armstrong, Ewen Solon, Richard Warner, Terry Wale, Nancy Nevinson & Norman Scace. Directed by Richard Martin.

*PAYMENT IN KIND (1967/colour)....The dedicated wife of a struggling businessman falls behind on hire purchase payments, and the debt collector suggests 'payment in kind'.
Starring Maxine Audley, Brian Haines, Justine Lord, Derrick Sherwin, Gwen Cherrell & Henry McGee. Directed by Peter Duffell.

Another welcome release from Network.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the edgar lustgarten scotland yard files, 23 Jun 2012
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made about the same time as the edgar wallace series,these films was seen as part of the abc cinema chains double bills in the early sixties.they were based on true crime/murder files of scotland yard,introduced by crime historian edgar lustgarten.in there day they were a little unerving,edgar lustgarten made it all the more creepy as he introduced us to the proceedings,then takes us back to how it all began.great for nostalgia buffs like me,but may seem a little dated for the modern viewer.if you like the edgar wallace shorts,you will enjoy these little gems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 18 Oct 2012
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At last - an official, high-quality version of this immortal 1960s series. I have waited years for this! The picture quality is excellent and it is good to see the films in their original aspect ratio. And you can't beat Edgar Lustgarten - "noted authority on criminals and crime" - what a joy. I can't wait for Scotland Yard to appear.

By the way, I have read that these films are based on real-life cases, but I have struggled so far to find any evidence of this, and it seems rather implausible. Can anyone actually name a real case underlying any of them?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Letter Day!, 11 Oct 2012
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At last! The red letter day that all Merton Park aficionados have waited for for fifty years! Edgar Lustgarten's presentation of producer Jack Greenwood's seminal `Scales of Justice' has finally landed on the mat from Amazon. And what a truly incredible package it is. Gone are the years of 4x3 bootleg misery where fourth generation VHS dubs reduced these classic stories to a pixelated stew of sheer awfulness. Now, Network has released all thirteen dramas in their original pristine widescreen glory. Absolute full marks for such a terrific first generation transfer which now allows us to appreciate the fabulous technical work achieved by Merton's top gun production crews. But of course what makes these tales tick so loudly is Lustgarten's all knowing lugubrious presentation which so deliciously accompanies each dastardly deed. If Network's forthcoming `Scotland Yard' series is up to the same quality as this and their recently released `Edgar Wallace' series, our lifetime wait will be thoroughly justified! Don't even think about it - buy now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scales of justice, 8 Mar 2013
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well worth the price, the stories are good and with excellent picture quality, a much bigger budget than scotland yard with good casts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNUSUAL CRIME SERIES FROM THE 1960S - AN INTERESTING AND ENJOYABLE SET OF CINEMA FEATURETTES, 22 Feb 2013
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Thirteen mainly b/w crime films originally shown as support to the main picture. Quite a few familiar faces, some at the start of their screen careers and some in unusual roles (eg: Peter Barkworth as a slimy blackmailer) and entertaining plots based on fact and introduced by Edgar Lustgarten. Generally very good picture quality, particularly in the b/w episodes. Also interesting for the trimmings (architecture, interiors, cars, etc.) and worth watching for use of locations.Set arrived in good time for Christmas and my partner was very pleased indeed with them.A very happy choice of present which we both enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Merton Park Studios, 21 Feb 2013
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Classic films from my old local film studios (sadly no more!)
Lots of famous stars of today are in these films
Keith Barron being just one of them
Well written and produced
Shame they only made the last four in colour
These were originally shown as "B" films in the cinema
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic british tv documentary type tv series, 15 Feb 2013
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I love this type of British cinema series that were also shown on british tv during the the 1960's and 70's depicting the workings of the british justice system and the recreation of the court trials (Crown Court is another classic example). Edgar Lustgarten's narrations are second to none and set the whole tone of the episodes. They don't do them like this anymore.
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