The Scales of Justice

The Guilty Party (Nov. 1962)

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The Sinclairs seem to be living in the lap of luxury, but their lifestyle is funded by a morass of debt.

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Episode cast overview:
Edgar Lustgarten ...
Himself - Introduced by
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Thelma Sinclair
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Mr. Jepp
Derek Francis ...
Henry Dobbs
Wensley Pithey ...
Mr. Robbins
Anthony Jacobs ...
Edward Sinclair
Jean Lodge ...
Madge Petworth
Basil Henson ...
Peter Naylor
Carleton Hobbs ...
Judge
Kenneth Thornett ...
William Flowers
David Stoll ...
Charles Harris
Esther Lawrence ...
Maria Santos
Stephen Hall ...
Male Receptionist
Howell Davies ...
Mr. Carter
Ella Tracey ...
Tipsy Girl
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The Sinclairs seem to be living in the lap of luxury, but their lifestyle is funded by a morass of debt.

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debt | independent film

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Originally, in January 1963 this was first released in Great Britain as second feature to Gypsy (1962). It was then repackaged as an episode for export to Europe and America as a TV series. See more »

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Who's Guilty?
26 April 2010 | by (Essex, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was the first film in the series of cinema shorts known as 'The Scales of Justice' It starts with Edgar Lustgarten talking about justice for all. It then goes into a case set in the divorce court, which is known (in the court) as 'Sinclair Versus Sinclair and Dobbs' As usual it then goes into flashback to explain why the people are in court. At a party for friends in their house in Mayfair, London, William Flowers visits the Sinclair's where he tells Edward Sinclair that he is a debt collector and that Sinclair owes two hundred and forty English pounds just for his drinks bill. Sinclair's wife Thelma then tells him that he owes other people over two thousand pounds. So he goes through her things and steals some of her jewellery. Sinclair then tells his wife to flirt with Dobbs while he himself is away in Germany. When he's gone she spends some time with Dobbs. On his return Sinclair takes Thelma, his wife of seven years to the divorce court for adultery with Dobbs. When he later loses the case because the evidence is against him, he dies by accident or suicide? Rather than the usual amount of location work in London this seems to have more scenes set in the court and a lot more interiors shot in the studio. Maybe, as this is the first one they were just trying things out or didn't have the budget? Still it's quite watchable but not as good as some of the rest. Also rather than the downbeat ending of Edward Sinclair dying it carry's on to say that Thelma remarried and has had a baby.


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