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on 19 February 2013
Scotland Yard, or as it was actually introduced: `Another action- thriller
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.
Network has re-scanned all 39, 35mm prints and they look fantastic, well graded and beautifully sharp. The first 29 films were shot in 4:3 academy with the final 10 shot widescreen, aspect ratio 1.66:1(Roughly 16/9), these have never before been seen on television in this presentation.
Long awaited, and a definite must have for film and television aficionados.

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