The Scales of Justice

The Invisible Asset (Oct. 1963)

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A restaurant owner bugs one of his tables with a hidden microphone and uses the illicit knowledge he gains to blackmail his customers.

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Episode cast overview:
Edgar Lustgarten ...
Host
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Sam Warren (as Kenneth Warren)
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
Jimmy Donovan
Annette Carell ...
Mrs. Joyce Warren
Philip Latham ...
Official Receiver
Gabriella Licudi ...
Beryl
John Wentworth ...
Registrar
Desmond Roberts ...
Club Member
Kenneth Benda ...
Club Member (as C. Kenneth Benda)
Peter Bathurst ...
Host
John Murray Scott ...
Reception Clerk
John Dunbar ...
Club Barman
Stanley Morgan ...
Airline Clerk
Jean Aubrey ...
Girl Traffic Clerk
Maitland Moss ...
Ancient Club Member
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A restaurant owner bugs one of his tables with a hidden microphone and uses the illicit knowledge he gains to blackmail his customers.

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Can You Trust Your Wife?
26 April 2010 | by (Essex, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another one of the cinema film shorts made by Merton Park Studios under the umbrella title 'The Scales of Justice' Edgar Lustgarten starts his introduction by talking about the supreme court and the welfare of the people, he then changes the venue he's talking about to cover the smaller bankruptcy court. This court case is about Sam Warren, who ran a small café called 'Warren's Cafe' in London before going bankrupt. It then goes into flashback to tell you why Warren is in the bankruptcy court owing sixty thousand English pounds that he says he lost by gambling. After visiting his home to tell his wife the results of the case, he uses his Rolls Royce car to visit his secret lover Beryl, to ask her for help with money. She refuses and kicks him out, he then goes to St. James' club where he meets Donovan, who demands his money back or he will let everyone know that Warren had secret microphones installed in all of the tables at his restaurant. Warren then tries to escape from his home by using a few taxis and registering in 'The Royal Hotel' with his wife Joyce under the names 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' But still Donovan finds him and 'phones them there. Warren then moves from the hotel by hiding in the back of a laundry van which takes him to the airport. He again meets Donovan there and receives a note from his wife to say that she has taken all of his money and is on a different aeroplane, but doesn't say to where. This is one of the two twist endings, as in the note to him she says she "will use the money to enjoy what years she has left". Lustgarten then explains that she took his money and then died of a heart attack three years later, but left the remaining money to him in her will. But the other twist in the story is that the money he inherited from her, was just enough to pay back what he owed to his creditors, and so he was still penniless. It has more twists than usual. It's not one of the best in the film series but It's still watchable even with it's pretty downbeat ending and the two twists in the story with Warren getting all that he deserved. Highly entertaining at half an hour.


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