A woman yearning for a child takes a baby from a wealthy family.Her husband sees this as a financial opportunity.





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Episode cast overview:
Edgar Lustgarten ...
Himself - Introduced by
Bert West
Patricia Healey ...
Mary West (as Pat Healy)
Viola Keats ...
Mrs. Davies
Tim Hudson ...
Dudley Chesham
Marjie Lawrence ...
Sally Mason
Norman Claridge ...
Michael Aspel ...
Lisa Madron ...
Helga Schmerier
Michael Sarne ...
German Boyfriend


A woman yearning for a child takes a baby from a wealthy family.Her husband sees this as a financial opportunity.

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December 1962 (UK)  »

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Originally, in March 1963 this was first released in Great Britain as second feature to the Cliff Richard musical Summer Holiday (1963). It was then repackaged as an episode for export to Europe and America as a TV series. See more »


Theme From The Scales Of Justice
Composed by Johnny Douglas
Played by Studio Orchestra, directed by Johnny Douglas
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Woman kidnapper
24 April 2010 | by (Essex, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Made in the same way as the 'Scotland Yard' series of film shorts. This film series was based on crime cases in court rather than just the police side which was covered in the earlier films. Maybe it's more like the future 'L.A. Law' or 'Crown Court'? In that it covers the crime and the later court case. This one starts with Edgar Lustgarten doing his intro and telling you some background information on the case. This case is then told in flashback. Helga Schumaker, a nanny takes the baby (Brian Chesham) that she looks after to Wimbledon Common on the outskirts of London. While there she meets her German fiancé and kisses him, as she is doing this the baby is taken by Mary West, who, because of medical reasons is unable to have a baby of her own. Her husband Bert returns home to find her with the baby. After seeing the news on television (read by a young Michael Aspel) Bert finds out that there is a reward for the return of the baby, because of this he starts to become more of a criminal in every way to get the money. To do this he frames the local shopkeeper Mrs.Davis for the kidnapping. He gets the money but is later arrested and sentenced to seven years in prison. This short is okay and is one of the last series of short films made by Merton Park studios. I prefer the 'Scotland Yard' films but they are both in the same vein and as a short it only runs for about half an hour so it's not a waste of time. Very engrossing.

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