Orson Welles' Great Mysteries

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Orson Welles' Great Mysteries
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series1
No. of episodes26
Producer(s)Anglia Television
Running time25 minutes
Distributor20th Century-Fox Television
Original networkITV
Picture format576i 4:3 (SDTV)
Original release1 September 1973 (1973-09-01) –
24 February 1974 (1974-02-24)

Orson Welles' Great Mysteries was a British television series originally transmitted between 1973 and 1974, produced by Anglia Television for the ITV network.[1]

The series is an anthology of different tales. Each episode is introduced by Orson Welles, the only regular actor in the series, whose appearances were confined to the introductions.[2] In the opening titles, Welles appears shown in silhouette walking through a hallway towards the camera, smoking a cigar and outfitted in a broad-brimmed hat and a huge cloak. When he actually appears on-screen to introduce the episodes, his face is all that is shown, in extreme close-up and very low lighting.

Episodes were directed by Alan Gibson, Peter Sykes, Peter Sasdy, Philip Saville, James Ferman and Alan Cooke. The theme music for the series was composed by John Barry.[3]


  1. Captain Rogers (starring Donald Pleasence)
  2. The Leather Funnel
  3. A Terribly Strange Bed
  4. La Grande Bretèche
  5. The Dinner Party
  6. Money to Burn
  7. In the Confessional
  8. Unseen Alibi
  9. Battle of Wits
  10. A Point of Law
  11. The Monkey's Paw
  12. The Ingenious Reporter
  13. Death of an Old-Fashioned Girl
  14. For Sale - Silence
  15. The Inspiration of Mr. Budd
  16. An Affair of Honour
  17. Farewell to the Faulkners
  18. The Power of Fear
  19. Where There Is a Will
  20. A Time to Remember
  21. Ice Storm
  22. Come Into My Parlour
  23. Compliments of the Season
  24. Under Suspicion
  25. Trial for Murder
  26. The Furnished Room


The series is, at present, not available on DVD. The home media rights are held by ITV Studios. In 2019 Network Distributing announced that they will be releasing the series on DVD.


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