The Human Jungle
The Human Jungle

ABC Television Ltd., ITV weekend programme contractors for the Midlands and North, commissioned ‘The Human Jungle’ TV film series from Independent Artists (Television) Limited, of Beaconsfield Studios, Bucks.

This series of thirteen one-hour episodes is designed primarily for the United Kingdom television audience. The stories are based on the case histories of a London Psychiatrist – ‘Dr Roger Corder, M.D., D.P.M.’ of Harley Street, London, his young male assistant–Dr James Davis, a young female psychiatric social worker–Jane Harris, an attractive young secretary–Nancy Hamilton, and his teenage daughter–Jennifer.

Julian Wintle and Leslie Parkyn, the well-known feature film-makers who have been responsible for such recent successes as ‘This Sporting Life’, ‘The Fast Lady’, ‘Waltz of the Toreadors’ and ‘Crooks Anonymous’, are producing the series. The starring role of ‘Dr Roger Corder’ is played by Herbert Lom, the distinguished Czech-born star of theatre and films. ‘Dr Davis’ is played by Michael Johnson, Jane Harris by Mary Steele, Nancy Hamilton by Mary Yeomans and Jennifer Corder by Sally Smith.

Writers on the series include John Kruse, David T. Chantler, Lewis Davidson, Leo Lieberman, Bill Mcllwraith and Robert Stewart.

The film directors include John Ainsworth, Sidney Hayers, Jimmy Hill, Vernon Sewell and Don Sharpe. The Art Director is Harry Pottle.

During the production of ‘The Human Jungle’, no concessions have been made to trans-Atlantic TV market requirements. All British actors portraying British parts play them with the natural home accent required by the locale. The total cost of the series, made entirely by ABC Television without partners of any kind, is approximately £300,000 for the first thirteen episodes.

Herbert Lom


was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1917, and started acting in his spare time from studies of languages and philosophy at Prague University. When suspected of being an ‘anti-Nazi’, he fled to England and continued his studies at Cambridge University. He learned English quickly and was awarded scholarships to three leading schools, the Embassy Theatre School, The Westminster School of Acting and The Amalgamated Sadlers Wells – Vic School. After studying at all three schools, he entered films where his first part was as ‘Napoleon’ in ‘The Young Mr Pitt’. He was to portray ‘Napoleon’ again in Vidor’s version of ‘War and Peace’. Always in great demand by producers, Herbert Lorn has played in more than fifty films and will always be remembered as the psychiatrist in ‘The Seventh Veil’ and as the phantom in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. His most memorable stage part was the ‘King’ in ‘The King and I’ which ran for two years at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Married, he has two sons. He likes to spend his weekends on his farm in Kent which specialises in growing Christmas trees. He collects paintings and pottery, both ancient and modern, composes music, has written several film scripts, is working on a stage-play and has recently formed his own production company. He has never previously appeared on television.

The stars


who plays Jennifer Corder.

Sally Smith, aged 20, with fair hair and blue eyes, is only five foot high, but her dynamic personality often makes her seem ten foot tall. Sally was dancing almost before she could walk and at the age of three went to ballet school. At twelve she made her first professional appearance. Now she has made three films and achieved considerable success in London’s West End theatres where currently she is starring in ‘Lock Up Your Daughters’. As Dr Corder’s wilful daughter, Jennifer, she is delightful.

Michael Johnson


who plays Dr Jimmy Davis.

No problem for 23 year-old, 6 foot Michael Johnson when he told his parents that he wanted to be an actor, for his father, a school teacher, was already a leading light in the amateur dramatic society in Grimsby, where Michael was born. He was noticed in a small role in a film ‘Seven Keys’, and invited to test for the plum television part as Dr Davis, assistant to Dr Corder in ‘The Human Jungle’.


who plays Jane Harris, assistant to Dr Corder.

Aged 29, slender, with brown hair and blue eyes, Mary Steele was born in Hampstead and was evacuated to Cornwall during the war, where she went to school. After matriculating, she went to ballet school then to the Bristol Old Vic and five other repertory companies before graduating into films and the West End theatre. For her role as a psychiatric welfare worker in ‘The Human Jungle’, Mary has talked with people in that field, prison visitors and probation officers to gain background authenticity.


who plays Nancy Hamilton, Dr Corder’s secretary.

Mary Yeomans was born near Rubery, Worcs., 31 years ago, the daughter of a builder. When, after schooling in Birmingham, Mary asked to go to drama school, her parents were horrified.

As a compromise, she agreed to study to be a school teacher, but also studied acting part time at the Birmingham Repertory School.

The role of Nancy, the reliable bastion between Dr Corder and his patients is her biggest television opportunity to date.

The Vacant Chair

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DELPHI LAWRENCE as 'Anne Phillips', the anxious wife of a director hoping for promotion.
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When the elderly Managing Director of a vast northern steel plant dies suddenly, there is difficulty in appointing his successor.

There are four working directors on the Board, each a very different personality. Basil Phillips is a self-made man of fifty, with an authoritative, if not domineering manner. A man who likes a laugh, but not against himself.

Also fifty, George Hunter went to the right schools, mixes easily, and oozes confidence. He and Basil have been friends for years.

David Stephens is sixty, an owl of a man, the Chief Accountant.

Percy Roberts is younger, a bachelor of forty-five, a quiet, unassuming man lacking personal magnetism and generally considered to be of little consequence. It is Percy who travels to see Dr Roger Corder, and explains their dilemma. As he points out, there are two brilliant men on the Board, Basil and George, and as they are personally so different, it was thought to be a good idea to ask the psychiatrist to act as arbiter. Dr Corder agrees to travel north for a week and make a recommendation – nothing more. He asks that the two men should be advised of what is happening. He will start off by interviewing the people who come into daily contact with them. Little does Dr Corder realise as he begins this case that the reactions of industrial executives under stress can correspond closely with those of a small boy who, at the time, is another of his patients.

George is delighted when he hears what is happening. After all, his relationship with the staff is excellent. Brenda, his rather heavy drinking wife, promises, rather cynically, to support her loving husband should she be interviewed. Basil, on the other hand, is angry. How do the workers know anything about the Managing Director’s job? Anne, Basil’s second wife, his first having been killed in a car crash, is slim and attractive. She has a brittle charm that will certainly be used to further her husband’s success.

As the interviews continue, the supporters for each faction seem to be about even. There are those who consider George to be a tailor’s dummy, and those who feel that Basil would be a despot. Talking to Corder, Dr Jimmy Davis feels that George veers towards the democratic group-system, while Basil is the paternalist, the benevolent autocrat.

Tension rises on Saturday night when Corder, Jimmy and his daughter, are asked to a party for George Hunter’s son, Pete, who is twenty-one. Both wives, Anne and Brenda, seek out Corder, and subtly plant remarks detrimental to the other’s husband. George and other women? – well! Such a lot of gossip when Basil’s first wife died in that crash. He was driving, you know. Corder’s daughter, Jennifer, goes off to another party with Pete, and when she hasn’t returned to their hotel by 5 am Corder is worried. When eventually she comes in, having had to walk home after an unpleasant incident, the doctor is furious, and wastes no time in letting the boy’s father know it. To George and Brenda it looks as if his chances of the post have gone. The parents encourage Pete to try to make it up with Jennifer.

Basil is on top of the world – poor old George. But his bonhommie doesn’t last long when Corder sends for him and accuses him of having lied during his interview. Basil admits that he had taken outside advice on the answers that Corder would have considered to be correct.

Basil is off to Finland to pick up, he hopes, a million pound order. Before he leaves he invites Corder and the Hunters to a dinner party at his house to celebrate his return.

During Basil’s absence. George, by skilful negotiations averts a strike in the plant.

Basil returns without the order.

At the dinner party the room becomes a verbal battleground, with accusations and denials flashing across the table. The only silent person present is Corder. It is he who brings the party to order.

Next day Corder hands the name of his choice to the Chairman – it is Basil Phillips.

As he explains to Jimmy Davis, the company needed a forceful personality to take it by the scruff of the neck and shake it until it yelled with life. George Hunter was an excellent administrator, but he was inclined to let people come to him. But Phillips was his man because, as it had been said before, he put fire into people’s bellies.

HERBERT LOM as ‘Dr Corder’ with DANNY GROVER as ‘Arthur’, the little boy whose problem is more important than a directors’ squabble for promotion.

Sally Smith
SALLY SMITH as 'Jennifer', Dr Corder's daughter.

LLOYD LAMBLE as ‘Basil Phillips’ and DELPHI LAWRENCE, as his wife ‘Anne’.

The Flip-side Man


The screams of the girl fans, the jangle of electric guitars-pop idol Danny Pace is in the middle of his act.

Watching in the wings are an attractive woman, Laurie Winters, his manager, and Harry Dublane, his Press Agent. They are concerned as they see the singer’s eyes searching through the audience. Suddenly Danny stops, gives a choking sob, dries up and the curtain is rung down. Once again he has seen his double – the boy in the black leather jacket with the mocking smile who seems to follow him everywhere. When he points the seat out to his manager, the boy has gone.

Laurie calls in Dr Corder, and Danny, thinking he is a detective, tells him that the other boy must have been planted by a rival to throw him off balance. Finding that Corder is a psychiatrist, he tells him to clear out. He doesn’t want treatment from a ‘headshrinker’. At a recording session he sees his ‘double’ again and collapses.

Laurie tricks Danny into seeing Corder, who is angry. He points out that he must have the confidence of a patient. However, he does get Danny to talk. The singer outlines the strain that he is undergoing as a public idol; the constant rush from place to place. But somewhere in his past there is a raw spot, although Corder cannot locate it. It is Corder’s daughter, Jennifer, who provides an important clue. She is a fan of Danny’s. Telling her his troubles in a park he says he has got to settle with the ‘double’, and he knows where he will be – at the ballroom. He’s going to find him. Worried by his disappearance, Corder starts making enquiries. He learns from Dublane that Danny was married, and that on the night he entered the competition that made him a star, his wife was expecting a child. By the time he got home, she had died. The competition was in a ballroom … Corder drives fast, searching for the street, and at last locates the disused ballroom. Inside he finds Danny, talking to his reflection in a mirror, a knife in his hand. Hurling a heavy object to break the glass and destroy the reflected image, the manifestation of the ‘double’ in Danny’s mind, the psychiatrist hopes that he has averted tragedy.

Corder rings for an ambulance but when he returns Danny has left the building. His car races off down the street.

Who Danny sees behind the driving wheel of the ambulance as he rushes towards it, and his death, is a question which even Dr Corder possibly may never be able to answer.

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JESS CONRAD as 'Danny Pace'.
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JESS CONRAD as ‘Danny Pace’ hurls a chair through a window at his imaginary double.

HERBERT LOM as ‘Dr Corder’, throws a spanner at a mirror to destroy the reflected image of the double seen by ‘Danny Pace’ (JESS CONRAD).

‘Danny Pace’ (JESS CONRAD) singing with his group ‘The Pacemakers’.

Run with the Devil


On a platform at Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park, members of a religious sect, ‘The Crusaders’, take their turn to confess their sins and ask for forgiveness. When it comes to the turn of Brother Hewitt, it is obvious that he is disturbed. With a cry, he rushes from the platform and away through the crowd.

Later that night, Hewitt knocks on the door of psychiatrist Dr Roger Corder, who has treated his sister in the past. Corder arranges for him to be admitted to hospital for observation.

All the psychiatrist can find out is that Hewitt claims to have done something which has left him terrified, something that he fears he will do again. Corder sends his nurse, Jane Harris, to Hewitt’s address to tell his wife. At the address, a dress shop in Battersea, Jane can get no reply. Neighbours say that Mrs Hewitt has not been seen for a couple of weeks and no-one saw her leave.

Meanwhile, Corder has found Hewitt to be an intelligent and deeply religious man. But his tremendous guilt complex, and the disappearance of the wife, make the doctor uneasy. He sends Jane with Dr Jimmy Davis to look over the dress shop. They find it in disorder. A female leg behind a settee leads to the discovery of a shattered and decapitated fashion dummy. The dummy is taken to the hospital. When Hewitt is confronted with it, he collapses.

Slowly, Corder gets the facts. The fashion dummies are scattered over the house – shameless things. Hewitt had a sudden urge to destroy one. When questioned about his wife, Hewitt is confused. Corder feels that the dummy is a manifestation of a wish to kill his wife. Jimmy Davis thinks that he has possibly already done so, and destroyed the dummy as he felt it was mocking him.

Erica Hewitt returns, having been living quietly in the country, thinking about her marital problems. Corder talks to her, but she will not allow Hewitt to remain in his care. Deeply religious, her belief is in God, not psychiatry. Hewitt goes back to the house, to be greeted with great affection. These two are in love and want children, but between them is some strong barrier of conscience.

Corder checks the file on Hewitt’s sister, and seeing her finds the cause of much of the disturbance in the man’s mind. Hewitt and Erica are not married – he already has a wife. Here are two people with deep religious beliefs, living together in sin.

Corder becomes even more uneasy when he learns that Hewitt’s real wife won’t divorce him. It is now probable that the affair of the dummy was a desire to kill the wife who stood in the way of life and happiness with Erica.

When he finds that Hewitt has left his home, he collects Erica, and drives to the house of the real wife. Here he is just in time to stop Hewitt from strangling the woman. The doctor tells the wife to consider the wreck she has made of her husband by her selfish desire to hold on to him. Frightened by her narrow escape, she agrees to a divorce.

Suddenly Corder realises that the husband is no longer in the house. With the sudden fear that Hewitt, in his rage and despair, may turn his hatred on himself, he races into the street.

There, Dr Corder finds Hewitt, weeping like a child in the arms of the woman who is soon to become his wife.

Frank Hewitt enters a room
'Frank Hewitt', played by DEREK FARR, goes back to the scene of his imagined crime – the back room of his wife's dress shop.
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DEREK FARR as 'Frank Hewitt'.
DEREK FARR as 'Frank Hewitt' with HARRY FOWLER as the heckler at Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park.

‘Dr Corder’ (HERBERT LOM) gives advice to his patient ‘Frank Hewitt’ (DEREK FARR).

Thin Ice

Dr Davis hugs Verity
'Dr Davis' (MICHAEL JOHNSON) clutches 'Verity Clarke' (JANINA FAYE) in his arms to save her from falling as she loses balance on the ice.
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At fourteen, Verity Clark is one of Britain’s leading amateur skaters. As she prepares for a championship event, she tells her mother, a forceful and possessive woman who has worked hard for Verity’s success, that she has had a dream. She was skating at speed when suddenly there was a great hole in the ice and she crashed. Her mother puts it down to nerves.

Her father, a busy man trying to build up a hire car concern against great competition, wishes her luck. He might find time to watch her on television.

At the crowded rink, Verity skates brilliantly. To the final applause of a packed audience, she streaks for the side of the rink, and crashes into a gap where a board had been removed. Ambulance men report that there doesn’t seem to be any damage to Verity’s leg, but she seems to be in great pain. Despite her mother’s pleading, she won’t go back to claim the title she has just won. She can’t face the ice again.

A month later, Verity is still not reacting to physiotherapy. There is no damage, but she complains that she can’t walk, can’t keep her balance.

When Dr Roger Corder sees her, he learns that she has travelled extensively with her mother. Fond of her father, she seems sorry that he should have been left out of it because of his business commitments. When it comes to the accident, Corder wonders why a skater of her experience should have crashed into a hazard of which she must have been aware. He decides to get her to go back to the ice.

Supported by Dr Jimmy Davis, Verity edges on to the rink, the music starts, but she doesn’t move. Even when Dick Elbine, the Canadian professional who manages the rink and taught her to skate, joins her, she can only take a few steps before collapsing. As she is carried off, her father appears with his solicitor. He is suing the rink for negligence.

Worried by the effect of a law suit, Elbine tells Corder that he is certain Verity is lying. Even when he had taken those few steps with her a few days before, he knew that she could skate if she wanted. He feels that she deliberately created the mishap.

When he learns that Verity has asked to go back to her old school, Corder visits her. She still insists that she can’t skate again. He learns, too, that one of the highlights of her time at school was when her father used to fetch her in one of his cars.

At Clark’s garage Dr Corder begins to suspect that Clark is not doing very well. The attendant tells him that business is tough. Clark is not a fit man. His wife is often away abroad at championships with Verity, and not able to help with the garage business.

Corder sees Clark’s solicitor. Is Clark suing the ice-rink because his business is in trouble? No need for that, the solicitor tells him. Clark is comfortably off. But there was the start of a case, a divorce case…

Corder has a long talk with the girl’s father, and arranges that Verity shall come and see him the following day. When she arrives, she finds herself alone with Dick Elbine, her old skating instructor. He’s there, he tells her, because Corder is trying to find him another job. Once the case comes up, he is bound to be fired. He leaves and the girl bursts into tears.

Corder goes in to her, and she tells him the truth. She has overheard her parents arguing, and the awful word ‘divorce’. She felt that she was to blame for causing her mother to travel around with her, thus breaking up the marriage. She had staged the accident so that she would no longer have to be away from home.

Outside, her parents wait. There is now no question of a split. Clark is selling out and will be there when Verity skates again.

Janina Faye and Sally Smith
JANINA FAYE as 'Verity Clarke' with SALLY SMITH as 'Jennifer Corder' have fun with a pair of headphones.

JOHN McLAREN as skating instructor ‘Dick Elbine’, JANINA FAYE as ‘Verity Clarke’ with her mother (JACQUELINE LACEY) and MICHAEL JOHNSON as ‘Dr Jimmy Davis’.

The Lost Hours


When Henry Gray and his wife Julia arrive at the house of his Chairman, the party is in full swing. Norman Williams, successful and popular, leads them into the midst of the noise to start introductions.

It is when Norman introduces Henry to an attractive blonde, that Julia breaks down. ‘Is this the one, Henry?’ Julia taunts him. He pretends not to hear. Have you found that he’s sly, attractive and forty-six? Has he told you I’m too skinny? Is that what you tell her, Henry?’

In the confusion which follows guests force her out to another room to lie down. But when Henry returns with a glass of water, Julia has slashed her wrists.

Visiting the hospital, Henry finds Julia still in a disturbed state. He tells the doctor that for months she has had this insane jealousy, but there is no other woman.

Julia is seen by psychiatrist Dr Roger Corder. Gently he questions her. No, there are no children, and now he has been stolen from her by this other woman. As she describes her, he finds that Julia is describing a person completely opposite to herself. Corder also finds that Henry is often late home, sometimes staying out all night.

Talking to Henry, the doctor learns of the ceaseless nagging over the other woman, the phone calls to the office, etc. And the late nights? ‘Strictly business’, says Henry.

Corder’s assistant, Jimmy Davis, thinks it is a clear case of transference. Unable to bear Henry children, Julia has started to hate herself, and is jealous of the woman she would like to have been. Corder is not sure that this is all.

Questioned by Corder about Henry, Norman Williams is surprised when the late nights are mentioned. A good executive. Henry always leaves on time. No vices. Lives like clockwork. It is Corder’s turn to be puzzled. Worried about Henry, Norman Williams watches him leave the factory, hesitate by his car, and then wander off down the road. Concerned, he follows him down to a railway bridge, where Henry watches the trains, plays with a couple of kids, and then, going into the station, vanishes. Corder joins Norman in the watch on Henry. Again it is the railway station, but this time they watch him leave his briefcase, jacket and tie at the Left Luggage Office. He moves off but once again they lose him.

Next day, in Corder’s consulting room, Henry, back to his normal self, is encouraged to talk about his early life. It was a hard one, no toys, just hard study to obtain a scholarship. At sixteen, he had to leave school and support his family. No, he is not resentful. But he has a sense of loss.

As Corder shows Henry out, they meet the doctor’s daughter, Jennifer. Later she tells her father that she has seen the man before. Where? At the ‘Cat’s Picnic’, a teenage Twist Club.

At the hospital, Dr Jimmy Davis and Jane Harris, Corder’s nurse, are having difficulty with Julia. Henry has not visited her-he has disappeared.

At the Club, they join the jostling crowd of kids, and suddenly spot their man. Clad in a black leather jacket, with a night’s growth of beard, Henry is in the middle of the throng. They watch as he tries to become one of the mob, watch his despair as he finds that they accept him as an ‘oddball’, but always on the outside.

In desperation Henry goes outside, joins the gang of ‘ton up’ leather-jackets around their shining bikes and as Jimmy and Jane follow, strides a machine and races off down the road, with other bikes in pursuit like a swarm of locusts. It is Jimmy Davis who rescues him as he crashes. At the hospital Henry lies in the men’s ward, his search for the youth he never had ended. So different in themselves, his illness and Julia’s have helped to drive them over the edge. Now with the guidance of Roger Corder and his team, they could help to cure each other.

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'Henry Gray' (LEONARD SACHS) tries to relive his lost youth at the Cat's Picnic, a teenage club.
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‘Henry Gray’ (LEONARD SACHS) comforts his wife ‘Julia’ (URSULA HOWELLS).

Businessman ‘Henry Gray’ (LEONARD SACHS) tries to mingle with the youngsters outside a twist club.

A Friend of the Sergeant Major

Alfred Burke
ALFRED BURKE as 'Sergeant Major Bennett'
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About to turn in for the night, young Lieutenant Peter Grey commanding a small petrol dump in Germany, receives an anonymous phone call. His men are raising hell in a neighbouring village.

Unable to find his Sergeant Major, a seasoned and much respected soldier named Bennett, Grey sets off with Corporal Brown. Grey is furious, especially as the corporal has been praising Bennett and by inference belittled Grey’s ability as a commander.

Arriving at the village, they come across a cellar restaurant, being expertly taken apart by a party of men under the command of Sergeant Major Bennett. Tipped off by the sound of the Land Rover’s horn, the men escape, but Grey gets there to find Bennett taking a last poke at the proprietor, Herr Ibar. Bennett is put under close arrest and is committed to a District Court Martial.

Bennett then demands legal aid in the form of a civilian lawyer, Langford and a psychiatrist named Corder. Lieutenant Grey is shaken. This can only finish up as a public scandal. The newspapers will love the idea of an old soldier, M.M. and Bar, with only six weeks to go for his pension, being accused by a young officer.

Corder is shaken too when asked to go to Germany. Why should Bennett have asked for him. There is nothing on his files about the man. On the plane the psychiatrist meets the lawyer, Langford, and recognises him as a private who worked at a base hospital where Corder was stationed during the war. Langford reminds him that Bennett was there too – one of Corder’s first and most successful cases in the treatment of shock. Disliking Langford, and hoping to shun the publicity that the case is attracting, Corder goes to the Divisional Commander and asks to withdraw from the case. The General, concerned that the public ‘image’ of the Army should suffer as little as possible, points out that it would not be fair. If he withdraws, it would influence opinion against Bennett. It is clear that in his mind the happiest solution is for Bennett, the old soldier to win, at the expense of a young and not very experienced officer.

Corder sees Bennett who tells him that, although the excuse for breaking up the restaurant was that one of the men had got ptomaine poisoning there, in fact, he had been offered a thousand Deutschemarks to wreck the place by another restaurateur named Landau. After all, he was retiring, and the pension was small. Corder asks him if he knows who tipped off the Lieutenant. Bennett doesn’t care.

The Court Martial begins, and Grey gives his evidence. Cross-examining, Langford accuses Grey of persecuting a soldier who was much more respected than he was. The German proprietor is called, and to everyone’s surprise denies that the soldiers were doing any damage. In fact they were helping him clear out a band of roughs who did the damage. The whole court knows he is lying.

Corder suspects psychological warfare-an incident planned to bring the British Army into disrepute. While Langford is busy attacking Lieutenant Grey’s reputation in the court, Corder sends Corporal Brown out on an errand. Brown returns with the news that the tip-off came even before Bennett and his men reached the cellar. Corder asks Grey to co-operate with him by putting a watch on Bennett, who has been acquitted.

Alone in the barracks Corder points out to Bennett that for his thousand marks he has been working for the enemy, a pawn in the game of psychological warfare. Slowly Bennett realises that the tip-off came from the other proprietor, Herr Landau. But who paid Herr Ibar to lie at the trial ? Corder goes to find Grey, and they discover that the Sergeant Major has changed into civvies, and gone off with his revolver.

Horrified at what he has done, Bennett rages into the restaurant of Herr Ibar to find him drinking with Landau. They laugh as he brandishes the revolver but are terrified when Bennett shoots at one of them as he is trying to leave.

Corder arrives with Grey. It is a tricky situation. Grey asks Corder to speak to the furious Bennett. Corder points out that Grey is Bennett’s commanding officer, and Grey steps forward to play the role of a commanding officer for the first time in his life.

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The defence submits its case at the Court Martial.

‘Sergeant Major Bennett (ALFRED BURKE) in civilian clothes, threatens restaurant owner ‘Rudi Ibar’ (PETER MADDEN).

Redmond Phillips in a white wig
REDMOND PHILLIPS as Bennett's civilian lawyer, 'Langford'.

Fourteen Ghosts


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ANDRE MORELL as 'Sir Desmond Shaw', a High Court Judge.
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Lady Shaw, the aristocratic wife of a High Court Judge widely renowned for his severity towards any form of crime or human indulgence, is caught stealing in a big London department store.

The Judge’s unyielding sternness has been directed not only against criminals but also towards his own family. A young, vivacious daughter, Susan, no longer able to stomach his moral views and demands, has rebelled and, directly against his wishes, married a rather wild, young Bohemian painter, Peter Anthony, thus causing a sharp rift in the family. The Judge cut off his daughter and Lady Shaw was sorrowfully forced to side with her husband.

The stealing incident gathers great newspaper publicity. The daughter, in sympathy, seeks out her stricken fearful mother, now under arrest. The young painter, who is a friend of Dr Jimmy Davis asks him to bring Dr Corder into the case.

Gradually, Corder begins to analyse the family structure and sees that both the daughter and mother have struck back against the Judge out of their own great hostility towards him. In the mother’s case, it is an unconscious hostility since she doesn’t realise yet that she steals only to punish her husband for his almost cruel Spartan-like demands and rules of behaviour.

The Judge is, of course, stricken by his wife’s crime. In great anger, he practically denounces her, and tells the reporters, and the public, that she must undergo the consequences of the law as everyone else should. In his club, he shunts off expressions of sympathy-he is absolutely self-righteous, as ever.

Corder realises that Sir Desmond is really at the root of the family’s troubles, and tries to find out all he can about him. Mother and daughter only vaguely know of some tragic incident in World War I.

Finally Corder learns that Sir Laurence Powell, a famous surgeon is conversant with the Judge’s early life. He goes to see him and discovers that the surgeon still bears a great hatred and contempt for the Judge. He finally tells Corder an unusual story.

Sir Desmond, as a very young lad in the French trenches, had been the gayest, most mischievous, most charming young man in the company -known and loved for his fun-loving frivolity and pleasure-seeking. One night, however, this had led to tragedy – he had recklessly walked off a listening post, to play some prank – there had been a sudden gas attack, and fourteen men had died a ghastly death because of his dereliction. One of the men had been the surgeon’s brother.

Sir Desmond’s comrades covered up for him. He then became an absolutely changed person – stern, grim, self-demanding and absolutely intolerant of weakness, his own and that of others. Thus his life had progressed up till now.

Corder is now convinced that he must help the Judge. This is not easy. At first, the cold, crusty Sir Desmond won’t even talk to him. But Corder persists. Finally, during a heated session with him, the son-in-law arrives, attempting to reason Sir Desmond out of his harsh attitude. In a burst of violent anger, upsetting years of repression, the Judge seizes a poker and nearly injures the younger man with a blow to the head.

Shattered at his own brutal behaviour, the Judge at last begins to crack. Corder seizes the moment and dramatically recapitulates his earlier tragedy and how it has so drastically influenced his life, and that of those around him. The Judge now slowly comprehends the truth.

The wife goes on trial and is given a suspended sentence, but the family is now reunited.

Avice Landone
AVICE LANDONE as 'Lady Shaw' seen stealing in a department store.


Press release


ABC TELEVISION, Teddington Studios : Broom Road, Teddington, Middlesex  Teddington Lock 33252 – Barry Wynne Publicity Manager



Every woman will be captivated, every man intrigued by HERBERT LOM as Harley Street psychiatrist. Dr. Roger Corder, M.D., D.P.M. That is the promise made to viewers when ABC Television presents its new one-hour TV fi lm series ‘THE HUMAN JUNGLE’ at 10.05p.m. on Saturday night, March 30th. (All ITA Stations except Grampian and Scottish TV. Grampian start to show the series weekly at 10. 35 p.m. from Saturday, April 6th. Scottish TV screen the series weekly at 10.40 p.m. from Saturday, May 4th onwards).

‘THE HUMAN JUNGLE’ is being made entirely by ABC Television without partners of any kind and is costing approximately £300,000 for the first thirteen episodes. It is still in production at Beaconsfield Studios.

JULIAN WINTLE and LESLIE PARKYN, the well-known feature film-makers who have been responsible for such recent successes as ‘This Sporting Life’, ‘The Fast Lady’, ‘Waltz Of The Toreadors’ and ‘Crooks Anonymous’, are the producers of ‘THE HUMAN JUNGLE’ which is designed primarily for the United Kingdom audience.



HERBERT LOM is seen in every episode of ‘THE HUMAN JUNGLE’, starring as ‘Dr. Roger Corder’. The regular cast includes SALLY SMITH, who plays his daughter ‘Jennifer Corder’; MICHAEL JOHNSON as Dr. Corder’s young male assistant, ‘Dr. James Davis’; MARY STEELE as ‘Jane Harris’, a young woman psychiatric social worker and MARY YEOMANS as Dr. Corder’s secretary, ‘Nancy Hamilton’.

The guest stars are the patients, young and old, rich and poor, who come to Dr. Corder with a wide range of human problems.

Although the series is based on the case histories of Dr. Corder, the scenes are not confined to his consulting rooms in Harley Street. As a top man in his profession, Dr. Corder is required to travel a great deal, both at home and abroad, not only to treat the mentally sick, but also to examine candidates for higher executive posts, advise the War Office upon aspects of psychological warfare and give evidence before courts where the sanity of criminals or witnesses is in doubt.

In the first episode of ‘THE HUMAN JUNGLE’ called ‘THE VACANT CHAIR’, to be screened on March 30th, the guest stars are LLOYD LAMBLE, RONALD LEIGH-HUNT, DELPHI LAWRENCE and HAZEL HUGHES. Dr. Corder is asked by a Northern steel works to recommend one member of the Board of Directors for promotion to Managing Director. As he investigates the claims of each candidate, Dr. Corder is subjected to pressures which are unusual – even for a psychiatrist.

The second episode of the series, screened on April 6th – is called ‘THE FLIP-SIDE MAN’, JESS CONRAD is the guest star. He plays ‘Danny Pace’, an overworked and confused pop singer who imagines that he is being followed everywhere by his ‘double’. The emotional strain is unnerving him. Four new songs were specially written for JESS CONRAD to sing as ‘Danny Pace’. Entitled ‘Downtown Tonight’, ‘I Don’t Care What People Say’, ‘It’s About Time’ and ‘One of These Days’, they have been composed by GORDON MILLS, one of the ‘Viscounts’ musical group.

The third episode, called ‘RUN WITH THE DEVIL’ will be screened on April 13th. DEREK FARR is the guest star who plays ‘Frank Hewitt’, a member of a strict religious sect who is overwhelmed by a tremendous personal guilt complex. His wife disappears and Hewitt loses his memory. Dr. Corder tries to open his sealed mind.

The fourth episode ‘THIN ICE’ is screened on April 20th. JANINA FAYE portrays a leading amateur ice-skater, ‘Verity Clarke’ who insists that she cannot skate any more after a slight accident while winning a skating championship. Medical examination reveals no broken bones or pulled muscles. Her father sues the ice rink for damages. The Manager asks Dr. Corder to determine whether Verity is lying.

The theme music of ‘THE HUMAN JUNGLE’, has been specially composed by BERNARD EBBINGHOUSE and is played by JOHN BARRY and his Orchestra.