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The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre 

Mystery crime stories with sometimes different cops and many now famous faces.
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Series cast summary:
George Hilsdon ...  Police Constable / ... 6 episodes, 1960-1965
...  Superintendent Meredith / ... 5 episodes, 1960-1964
...  Det. Sgt. Anson / ... 5 episodes, 1960-1962
Tony Wall ...  Constable Huntly / ... 5 episodes, 1961-1965
...  Det. Inspector Verity / ... 4 episodes, 1961-1964
...  Insp. Jackson / ... 4 episodes, 1962-1964
...  Det. Supt. Cowley / ... 4 episodes, 1960-1965
Alfred Burke ...  Davison / ... 4 episodes, 1961-1962
Victor Platt ...  Constable Jackson / ... 4 episodes, 1961-1965
Clifford Earl ...  Det. Sgt. Wentworth / ... 4 episodes, 1961-1963
...  Alicia Preston / ... 4 episodes, 1963-1965
Peter Thomas ...  3rd Reporter / ... 4 episodes, 1961-1964
...  Casino Patron / ... 4 episodes, 1961-1963
...  Liz Teasdale / ... 3 episodes, 1961-1964
...  Elsa Marlowe / ... 3 episodes, 1961-1963
Paul Daneman ...  Frank Griffiths / ... 3 episodes, 1961-1962
...  Mrs. Reynolds / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1964
...  Diana Marsh / ... 3 episodes, 1960-1962
...  Frank Murray / ... 3 episodes, 1961-1964
...  Leo Hagen / ... 3 episodes, 1961-1962
Jennifer Daniel ...  Barbara Blair / ... 3 episodes, 1960-1963
Derek Francis ...  Arthur Tilsley / ... 3 episodes, 1961-1964
...  Mark Speller / ... 3 episodes, 1961-1963
Philip Locke ...  Dave Hughes / ... 3 episodes, 1963-1964
John Glyn-Jones ...  Dr. Maurice Tarn / ... 3 episodes, 1961-1964
Derrick Sherwin ...  Alan / ... 3 episodes, 1961-1963
...  John Crewe / ... 3 episodes, 1960-1963
Brian Haines ...  Felix Carstairs / ... 3 episodes, 1963-1964
Jack Rodney ...  Gregory / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1965
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...  Charles Pinder / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1965
Denis Holmes ...  Det. Sgt. Rigby / ... 3 episodes, 1961-1964
John Miller ...  Lord Clandon / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1964
...  Chandler / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1964
Yvonne Buckingham ...  Gwen / ... 3 episodes, 1959-1962
Howard Pays ...  Charles Ramskill / ... 3 episodes, 1959-1961
Anthony Bailey ...  Chauffeur / ... 3 episodes, 1963-1964
Victor Charrington ...  Barman / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1964
Norma Parnell ...  Day Nurse / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1963
David Browning ...  Casey / ... 3 episodes, 1959-1965
Arch Taylor ...  1st Removal Man / ... 3 episodes, 1961-1962
...  Police Constable / ... 3 episodes, 1960-1964
Alec Bregonzi ...  Cast member / ... 3 episodes, 1963-1964
...  Donald Edwards / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1965
Maurice Denham ...  Sir Harold Crossley / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
Harry H. Corbett ...  Inspector Bruce / ... 2 episodes, 1960-1962
Lee Montague ...  Larry Hart / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1963
...  Brent / ... 2 episodes, 1959-1963
...  Carola / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
Jack Watling ...  Frank Leamington / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
...  Alan Roper / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1965
...  Dino Steffano / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
...  Det. Supt. Hallett / ... 2 episodes, 1962
...  Robert Lindley / ... 2 episodes, 1960-1963
John Van Eyssen ...  John Mandle / ... 2 episodes, 1960-1961
...  Johnnie Gordon / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1965
...  Oliver Marchant / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1965
Dudley Foster ...  Peter Dexter / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
Justine Lord ...  Anne Longman / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
...  Alec Campbell / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1964
...  Danny Thorne / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1964
Delphi Lawrence ...  Nina Stewart / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1963
...  Derek Maitland / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1965
...  Henry Fraser / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
...  Ben Black / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1963
...  Mike Cochrane / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
Basil Henson ...  Cedric Gallen / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1965
...  Deighton / ... 2 episodes, 1963
Brian McDermott ...  Det. Sgt. Stillman / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1963
Tony Garnett ...  Brennan / ... 2 episodes, 1963
...  Blake / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
...  Lew Daney / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Ellen McIntosh ...  Jane Meldrum / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
...  Det. Sergeant Rigby / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
Patricia Mort ...  Elisabeth Gray / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Gerald Andersen ...  Lloyd / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1963
Leslie Sands ...  Det. Insp. Simons / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
...  Inspector Parkes / ... 2 episodes, 1962
Russell Waters ...  Clerk of the Court / ... 2 episodes, 1960-1962
...  Marie Labonne / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1963
...  Ashton / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Richard Clarke ...  Charles Wagner / ... 2 episodes, 1963
John Bryans ...  Arlott / ... 2 episodes, 1964
Murray Hayne ...  Alex Nichols / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
...  Insp. Bolam / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
...  John Brodie / ... 2 episodes, 1960-1963
...  Fox / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
Ian Curry ...  Haldane / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
Wilfrid Brambell ...  Lock-Keeper / ... 2 episodes, 1959-1961
Trevor Reid ...  Bank Manager / ... 2 episodes, 1960-1961
...  Housekeeper / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
...  Baker / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
Leonard Sachs ...  Spencer / ... 2 episodes, 1962
Virginia Wetherell ...  Brenda / ... 2 episodes, 1963
...  Dr. Trent / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
William Abney ...  Jock MacKay / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
Norman Scace ...  Dr. Ambrose / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
Gladys Henson ...  Housekeeper / ... 2 episodes, 1960-1962
Richard Shaw ...  Bill Cross / ... 2 episodes, 1960-1961
...  Floyd / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Keith Smith ...  Porter / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
Harry Locke ...  Amis / ... 2 episodes, 1960-1961
...  Pathologist / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1963
Luanshya Greer ...  Guest at Party / ... 2 episodes, 1962
...  Detective / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
...  Norma Brent / ... 2 episodes, 1960-1965
...  1st Reporter / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1964
...  Garritty / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
John Moore ...  House Detective / ... 2 episodes, 1964
...  Mr. Hardwick / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1964
...  Gordon / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
...  Prison officer / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
William Dysart ...  Det. Sgt. Good / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
Larry Martyn ...  Clive Parker / ... 2 episodes, 1961
June Murphy ...  First Waitress / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
André Mikhelson ...  1st Croupier / ... 2 episodes, 1962
...  Bryce / ... 2 episodes, 1964-1965
Michael Robbins ...  Sergeant Harris / ... 2 episodes, 1964-1965
...  Commissionaire / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1965
Kenneth Fortescue ...  First Tennis Player / ... 2 episodes, 1960-1962
...  Det. Sergeant Reeve / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Donald Tandy ...  Conyers / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1965
Oliver MacGreevy ...  Cafe Owner / ... 2 episodes, 1963
Julie Shearing ...  Flower Girl / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
...  Dr. Wolfson / ... 2 episodes, 1962
David Lander ...  Burton / ... 2 episodes, 1959-1965
Adrian Oker ...  Waiter / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Joyce Hemson ...  1st Woman / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
...  'Q' Car Driver / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
Charlie Bird ...  Barman Penguin Club / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1965
Kenneth Midwood ...  Second Police Officer / ... 2 episodes, 1959-1961
Fanny Carby ...  Charwoman / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Monti DeLyle ...  2nd Croupier / ... 2 episodes, 1962
Astor Sklair ...  Cafe Proprietor / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1963
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Mystery crime stories with sometimes different cops and many now famous faces.

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Excellent cinema series
9 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

The Edgar Wallace mysteries were originally cinema second features, supporting the big films - then were sold to television much later. So now they are often thought of as a TV series.

Whatever they are, they are sometimes excellent, sometimes routine, the same as any other long running series. What they do have are interesting casts - many big names at the start of their careers such as Barry Foster, Michael Caine, Patrick Allen, Harry H Corbett. There is also a fabulous theme tune Man of Mystery written by Ron Goodwin and performed by The Shadows.

These mysteries are always watchable and as they run less than an hour they have both time to develop plot and characters, and not to outstay their welcome.


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