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"The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre" The Rivals (1963)

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John Roddick (writer)
Edgar Wallace (novel)
Original Air Date:
May 1963 (Season 4, Episode 8)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jack Gwillim ... Rolf Neilson
Erica Rogers ... Kim Harris
Brian Smith ... Steve Houston
Tony Garnett ... Jimmy Vosier
Barry Linehan ... Paul Kenyon
Murray Hayne ... Alex Nichols
Howard Greene ... Eddy McGuire
Philip Latham ... Lawrence
Maria Lennard ... Phillipa Martin
Jack Rodney ... Mick O'Leary
Donna Pearson ... Christina Neilson
Anthony Bailey (as Tony Bailey)
Michael Mellinger ... Hotel Porter
Ann Bassett ... Lift Attendant

Peter Thomas
Oliver MacGreevy
George Grimshaw Brown

Episode Crew
Directed by
Max Varnel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Roddick  writer
Edgar Wallace  novel "Elegant Edward"

Produced by
Jack Greenwood .... producer
Original Music by
Bernard Ebbinghouse (uncredited)
Cinematography by
James Wilson 
Film Editing by
Derek Holding 
Art Direction by
Peter Mullins 
Makeup Department
Stella Morris .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ron Fry .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Lewis .... assistant director
Sound Department
Brian Blamey .... sound editor
Sidney Rider .... sound recordist
Eric Stockl .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eileen Welch .... wardrobe
Music Department
Michael Carr .... composer: theme music "Man of Mystery"
Bernard Ebbinghouse .... musical director

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

56 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Originally this was never a TV episode. It was first released as a second feature to The Servant (1963) in 1964, it was then repackaged as a TV series for export to Europe and America.See more »
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Rivalry Between Gangs Spoilt By Lame Ending, 8 March 2010
Author: malcolmgsw from london

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is a fairly tense thriller until the last couple of minutes when all the tension evaporates as a result of a tame ending.It seems as if the scriptwriter had got to a stage where he only had about a minute left and had to devise a quick ending to wrap the film up in the alloted time.Basically what happens is that a daughter of a wealthy father is kidnapped.The gang are about to deliver a ransom note to the father.The note is left in a car.this car is stolen by a gang of car thieves.naturally they find the note and decide to cut themselves in on the action by pretending to be the kidnap gang.One added complication is that the secretary to the father is also part of the kidnap gang.Eventually at the end the gangs inevitably meet up.Although there is some action the film is brought to a conclusion by a very lame bit of writing which is very disappointing.However don't let that put you off watching an otherwise tense thriller.

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