Orson Welles' Great Mysteries

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Orson Welles' Great Mysteries
Created by Roald Dahl
Starring Various
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 26
Producer(s) Anglia Television
Running time 25 minutes
Original network ITV
Picture format 576i 4:3 (SDTV)
Original release 1 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 was an anthology of different tales. Each episode was introduced by Orson Welles, who was the only regular actor in the series but not in the play.[2]
In the opening titles, Welles would be shown in silhouette as he walked through a hallway towards the camera, smoking a cigar and outfitted in a broad-brimmed hat and a huge cloak, the outfit itself being a nod to his having provided the voice of The Shadow in the 1930s radio program. When he actually appeared on-screen to introduce the episodes, his face would be all that would be shown, in extreme close-up and very low lighting.

Most of the episodes were directed by Alan Gibson, Peter Sykes, Peter Sasdy, Philip Saville, James Ferman, 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.


  1. ^ BFI - Orson Welles' Great Mysteries
  2. ^ Orson Welles
  3. ^ John Barry Themependium

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