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Scales of Justice - The Complete Series [DVD]
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Following the success of Anglo-Amalgamated's Scotland Yard and Edgar Wallace Mysteries, the production company scored another hit with The Scales of Justice, thirteen dramas based on real-life trials that dramatise events from the alleged crime to the courtroom. As with the previous series, the films were produced at the company's Merton Park Studios to be screened as support features in British cinemas, making a successful transition to the small screen during the 1970s. This set contains all thirteen films, produced between 1962 and 1967.
Introduced by crime writer and criminologist Edgar Lustgarten, the dramas feature performances from some of the era's finest, and most instantly recognisable, actors including Alexandra Bastedo, Patrick Wymark, Peter Barkworth, Keith Barron and Garfield Morgan.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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These thirteen thirty minutes dramas fronted by Edgar Lustgarten are an eclectic look at low life crime in th 1960's England. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pam Pike
This DVD brings back memories of times past, exactly what I paid for.Published 3 months ago by Mr. J. W. Robson
have not watched it yet but if it is as good as the scotland yard series i wil be really pleased.Published 3 months ago by telstar
It was nice to watch once but sadly the storylines don't keep your attention as they probably did in the 60's. I still recommend it though.Published 5 months ago by PoppyTeddyWoody