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The Case of the Misguided Missal 

A 15th century prayer volume disappears from a sealed casket inside the locked safe belonging to an Oxford Don.


Bernard Knowles


Leslie Slote (script), John Dickson Carr (based on: "The Department of Queer Complaints" by) (as Carter Dickson)

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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
Ewan Roberts ... Inspector Ames
Jane Griffiths Jane Griffiths ... Nancy
John Arnatt ... Wesley
Chan Canasta Chan Canasta ... Mr. Canasta
Anthony Newley ... Ned (as Antony Newley)
Trader Faulkner ... Garrick


A 15th century prayer volume disappears from a sealed casket inside the locked safe belonging to an Oxford Don.

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Crime | Drama







Release Date:

3 December 1955 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Fountain Films (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Colonel March (Boris Karloff), Inspector Ames (link=nm0731092]) and Wesley (John Arnatt) climb the stone steps to the tower, from the hollow sound of their footsteps it is obvious that the steps are constructed of wood. See more »

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Early role for guest star Anthony Newley
15 September 2011 | by chongajulySee all my reviews

Episode 13, "The Case of the Misguided Missal" finds Colonel March following the trail of a valued 15th century prayer volume (the 'misguided missal') that disappears from a locked casket inside the locked safe of Oxford don Professor Wes Wesley (John Arnatt). His prize student is Nancy Pembroke (Jane Griffiths), who has two rivals for her affections, Garrick (Trader Faulkner) and Ned Young (Anthony Newley), who is immediately arrested for murder when Garrick turns up dead near the stolen missal. Wesley insists that the supernatural is involved, while actual illusionist Chan Canasta (playing himself) demonstrates how the book can disappear from a locked safe. As was usually the case, a lack of suspects makes the culprit's identity obvious, but the solution makes a difference. 23 year old Anthony (billed as Antony) Newley made his TV debut with this 1954 episode, two years before appearing in Hammer's "X the Unknown."

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