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Corruption in the Palace of Justice

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Corruption in the Palace of Justice
Based onstage play by Ugo Betti
Written byRobert Rietti
Directed byOscar Whitbread
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
Running time60 mins
Production companyABC
Original release28 October 1964 (Melbourne)[1]
11 November 1964 (Sydney)[2][3]
9 December 1964 (Brisbane)

Corruption in the Palace of Justice is a 1964 Australian television film produced by Oscar Whitbread. Based on an Italian stage play by Ugo Betti, it was a drama aired in a 60-minute time-slot and aired on non-commercial broadcaster ABC. Cast included Michael Duffield, Carl Bleazby, Terry Norris. It was produced in Melbourne. It was adapted by Robert Rietti. A copy of the script is at the NAA.

It was set in a nameless country.[5]


A court of justice in a nameless city and country is being investigated. A judge has made himself the accomplice of an underworld victim and this judge infect the whole process of justice. Judge Cust steers suspicion on to President Vanan, the ageing chief of the court, who is innocent.


  • Terry Norris as Judge Cust
  • Michael Duffield as Chief Judge Cross
  • Wynn Roberts as Counsellor Enzi
  • Carl Beazby as President Vanan
  • Fay Kelton as Elena
  • George Whaley
  • Kendrick Hudson
  • Sydney Conabere
  • Bruce Barry
  • Horst Bergfreid
  • Bill Bennett
  • Marion Edward


It was shot at ABC Studios in Ripponlea, Melbourne. It was designed by Gunars Jurgana.[6]


Sydney Morning Herald called it "the most thought-provoking hour of TV theatre seen for some time", said "the acting was uniformly good" and that "the coldly aseptic geometry of the set emphasised the contrast of impersonal outwardness to the intense inward turmoil".[7]

The Canberra Times said the play "was most valuable as a showcasefor the talents of Terry) Norris" but felt "the other side of the coin was the thoroughly wasted talent of actors like Wyn Roberts and Michael Duffield."[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Untitled". The Age. 22 October 1964. p. 27.
  2. ^ "TODAYS TV". The Canberra Times. 39 (11, 000). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 11 November 1964. p. 29. Retrieved 28 August 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "TV Guide". Sydney Morning Herald. 11 November 1964. p. 20.
  4. ^ "Judge linked with underworld crims". TV Times. 2 December 1964. p. 6.
  5. ^ "Morality Mr. Westerway?". The Canberra Times. 39 (11, 002). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 13 November 1964. p. 15. Retrieved 28 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "TV Guide". The Age. 22 October 1964. p. 30.
  7. ^ "Betti Play on ABC". Sydney Morning Herald. 12 November 1964. p. 6.
  8. ^ "Morality Mr. Westerway?". The Canberra Times. 39 (11, 002). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 13 November 1964. p. 15. Retrieved 28 August 2020 – via National Library of Australia.

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