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Scotland Yard - The Complete Series [DVD]
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Scotland Yard was perhaps the best-known series to emerge from Anglo-Amalgamated's output of crime drama. Shot as cinema support features at the company's Merton Park Studios in South Wimbledon, these half-hour thrillers - based on real-life cases from the vaults of London's Metropolitan Police headquarters - were a successful regular feature in cinemas over nearly a decade from the early 1950s onwards.
Like sister series Scales of Justice (also available from Network), Scotland Yard is introduced by celebrated crime/suspense maven Edgar Lustgarten, and presents case after intriguing case, with many solved onscreen by the redoubtable Inspector Duggan (played by Australian-born Russell Napier). This set comprises all 39 films, also featuring appearances by Harry H. Corbett, Peter Bowles, John Le Mesurier, Peter Arne and Robert Raglan, among many others.
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It is, of course, the great Mr Edgar Lustgarten who holds the stories together with his calm and well-mannered introduction, narratives and conclusion to each film. In some of the early episodes, Mr Lustgarten will take a stroll across his study, over to his drinks cabinet and, chatting away to his audience, will pour himself out what looks like an extremely large cognac. That's the way to do it.
As I find myself with some time to spare to devote to this review, I thought I would provide you with plenty of helpful details about the films off the DVD box cover, so that you can see exactly what you are getting for the money (about £40+ at the moment).
This is what it says on the box:
"Scotland Yard was perhaps the best-known series to emerge from Anglo-Amalgamated's output of crime drama. Shot as cinema support features at the company's Merton Park Studios in South Wimbledon, these half-hour thrillers based on real-life cases from the vaults of London's Metropolitan Police headquarters - were a successful regular feature in cinemas over nearly a decade from the early 1950s onwards.Read more ›
At last! The red letter day that all Merton Park aficionados have waited for for fifty years! Edgar Lustgarten's presentation of producer's Alec Snowden & Jack Greenwood's seminal `Scotland Yard' series 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 wonderful stories to a pixelated stew of sheer awfulness.
Now, Network has released all 39 dramas (including the long lost `Wall of Death') in their original pristine black & white 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. Next up for the third red letter day in the Merton Park dramas is the Edgar Wallace Box Set. These productions are TV heaven like no other. Don't even think about it - buy now!
In the celebrated series written around the work of Scotland Yard'.
Was produced from 1953 until 1961, the entire 39 films where introduced by Edgar Lustgarten and shot at Merton Park studios in London.
The first 26 films, made between the years 1953-1957, were produced by Alec C. Snowden ,the concluding 13 films, made between1958-1961, were produced by Jack Greenwood.
The opening narrator, often, in an American accent introduced each story saying `And here to tell you about it is Edgar Lustgarten famous both as a novelist and TV personality and one of world's foremost authorities on criminals and crime'.
Lustgarten's presence was sombre and dry, and he very much played the authority figure, the expert that he was.
Appearing in a studio resembling his own study, casual and occasionally pouring himself a drink, introducing and narrating these 39 short films ( roughly of 30 minutes duration) depicting fictional crime stories based on true events at `Scotland Yard'.
They were intended as cinema second features, although they made their way onto the small screen some years later.
All of these shorts are little gems, it's so nostalgic to see the vehicles, the back drop of London and the home counties of the 1950s'.
It's also a veritable Who's Who of British character actors from that period.
Look out for Roger Delado ('The Master' from 'Doctor Who') who appears in several films as a foreign police commissioner, and the unforgettable comedy actress 'Rita Webb' who can be seen in quite a few films.
Absent from our screens for many years, last seen on the `Bravo' cable channel in the 1990's.Read more ›
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Just what I wanted good clear great sound fantastic every episode brings back memoriesPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely marvellous! Can remember 1or2 stories from the tv showings in the 80s. First class prints view excellently and more so on upscaling dvd player. Read morePublished 3 months ago by terence reading
Brilliant collection of high quality films. So good I keep on watching them again and againPublished 4 months ago by Ianchad