ABC Wide World of Mystery / Mystery of the Week - All films

by zombihntr | created - 22 Jul 2018 | updated - 22 Jul 2018 | Public

All films broadcast on the series, sorted by original airdate. Many of these are unfortunately lost. See my list on letterboxd for more info:

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3. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: The Satan Murders (1974)

74 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A woman enters into a pact with the devil to murder her husband.

Director: Lela Swift | Stars: Larry Blyden, Salome Jens, Susan Sarandon, Barton Heyman

Votes: 17


4. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: The Eyes Have It (1973)

Unrated | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

A group of terrorists posing as plumbers set up base at a school for the blind. The students remain blissfully unaware, while the terrorists plan the assassination of a politician who will ... See full summary »

Director: Shaun O'Riordan | Stars: Peter Vaughan, Dennis Waterman, William Marlowe, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 134


5. The Suicide Club (1974 TV Movie)

120 min | Mystery

A man (Peter Haskell) joins a card game where the stakes are a matter of life and death. Sensing foul play, he persuades a young woman (Margot Kidder) to help him reveal the operator of the game (Joseh Wiseman) as a card cheater.

Director: Bill Glenn | Stars: E.J. André, George Coulouris, Ivor Francis, Peter Haskell

Votes: 6


6. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: Lady Killer (1973)

67 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

A shy, lonely American girl marries a charming man she meets while on vacation in England, unaware that he has sinister plans for her.

Director: Bill Hays | Stars: Robert Powell, Barbara Feldon, Linda Thorson, T.P. McKenna

Votes: 220


7. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: A Beautiful Killing (1974)

73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A pair of detectives are faced with murder at a plush health spa for women.

Stars: Lynda Day George, Christopher George, Nita Talbot

Votes: 5


8. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: Possession (1973)

73 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

With the exception of the poor central heating system, Ray and Penny Burns' newly-purchased country house seems ideal. While repairing the pipes, a handyman digs up the cellar and uncovers ... See full summary »

Director: John Cooper | Stars: John Carson, Joanna Dunham, Hilary Hardiman, Athol Coats

Votes: 184


9. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: Shadow of Fear (1974)

72 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Rich woman, an industrialist's wife, finds her home nearly destroyed and with menacing phrases painted on the walls. Besides calling the police, her husband calls his security manager, an ex-cop who hesitates before accepting the task.

Director: Herbert Kenwith | Stars: Claude Akins, Anjanette Comer, Jason Evers, Tom Selleck

Votes: 21


10. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: A Prowler in the Heart (1973)

73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A mystery novelist meticulously creates an alibi to keep her husband from being convicted of murder.

Director: Glenn Jordan | Stars: Lee Bergere, Colleen Dewhurst, Lorraine Gary, Ruth McDevitt


11. Who Killed Lamb? (1974 TV Movie)

65 min | Thriller

A popular member of the Oxford community is killed, and nobody can think why, so a police inspector is called in from Scotland Yard, and discovers they may be more to the victim than met anyone's eye.

Director: David Cunliffe | Stars: Stanley Baker, Denis Lill, David Swift, Derek Francis

Votes: 66


12. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: Chant of Silence (1973)

Drama, Horror, Mystery

A murdering skyjacker parachutes to safety and poses as a novice monk in an isolated New Mexico monastery.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Charles Aidman, Rafael Campos, Joel Fabiani, Steve Forrest


13. The Night Strangler (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A reporter hunts down a 144-year old alchemist who is killing women for their blood.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Darren McGavin, Jo Ann Pflug, Simon Oakland, Scott Brady

Votes: 2,654


15. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: Hard Day at Blue Nose (1974)

73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Backwoods officers try to uncover clues about the mysterious death of a young woman at a dude ranch.

Director: Herbert Kenwith | Stars: John Astin, Philip Carey, Patty Duke, John Gavin


16. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: Only a Scream Away (1974)

74 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Newlyweds Samantha and Robert Miller emerge from the church to the sound of cheers. However, the happy scene is disturbed by a cruel practical joke, someone throws a paint-bomb at the bride... See full summary »

Director: Peter Jefferies | Stars: Hayley Mills, Gary Collins, Joyce Carey, David Warbeck

Votes: 120


17. Pursuit (1972 TV Movie)

73 min | Drama, Thriller

A political extremist plans to spread stolen nerve gas in a city where a political convention is being held. Government agents are sent to catch him.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Ben Gazzara, E.G. Marshall, William Windom, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 266


18. Goodnight, My Love (1972 TV Movie)

73 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A down-on-his-luck private eye and his partner, a dwarf, are drawn into a tangle of missing persons and murder in 1940s Los Angeles.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Richard Boone, Michael Dunn, Barbara Bain, Victor Buono

Votes: 127


19. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: The Savage Curse (1974)

73 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

When his brother vanishes without a trace, American Robert Stone goes to his last known location: a remote English village. Robert's investigation leads him to the mansion of Jonathon ... See full summary »

Director: John Sichel | Stars: Jenny Agutter, George Chakiris, Anton Diffring, Russell Hunter

Votes: 107

2/25/74 Aired as "Kiss Me and Die"

20. A Cold Night's Death (1973 TV Movie)

74 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Two scientists suspect that there is someone other than their research primates inhabiting their polar station.

Director: Jerrold Freedman | Stars: Robert Culp, Eli Wallach, Michael C. Gwynne, Vic Perrin

Votes: 744


21. Home for the Holidays (1972 TV Movie)

73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Jessica Walter, Sally Field, Eleanor Parker, Julie Harris

Votes: 861


22. Sorority Kill (1974 TV Movie)

Unrated | 62 min | Thriller

Chilling story of a psychotic killer who holds six people captive in a sorority house, each of them realizing that their captor's mind is like a defective time bomb and could go off at any moment.

Director: Gloria Monty | Stars: Jane Actman, JoAnna Cameron, Anthony Geary, Nicholas Hammond

Votes: 12


23. The Invasion of Carol Enders (1973 TV Movie)

66 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After her murder, Diana Bernard's spirit becomes trapped in Carol Enders, so she can expose her murderer.

Directors: Burt Brinckerhoff, Dan Curtis | Stars: Charles Aidman, Meredith Baxter, Christopher Connelly, George DiCenzo

Votes: 55


24. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: A Coffin for the Bride (1974)

64 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Mark Walker is in the lucrative business of marrying wealthy older women and murdering them after the honeymoon. That all changes when he falls for cool blonde Stella McKenzie. He considers... See full summary »

Director: John Sichel | Stars: Michael Jayston, Helen Mirren, Michael Gwynn, Richard Coleman

Votes: 169


25. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: Legacy of Blood (1974)

73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An insurance man is heavily in debt to a money lender and must pay or die.

Stars: Jonelle Allen, Clifton Davis, Frances Foster, Moses Gunn


26. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: I'm the Girl He Wants to Kill (1974)

PG | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Returning home to her flat, Ann Rogers passes a stranger leaving the building. A few moments later she discovers her neighbor lying dead in the hallway, the latest victim of a serial killer... See full summary »

Director: Shaun O'Riordan | Stars: Robert Lang, Julie Sommars, Tony Selby, Ken Jones

Votes: 168


27. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: The Book of Murder (1974)

73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Much-married and once successful writer Henry T. Aythecliff, now heavily in debt, summons his three ex-wives to his mansion, planning to extort a sizable amount of money from each. When he ... See full synopsis »

Director: Lloyd Richards | Stars: Pamela Bellwood, Louise Latham, Nan Martin, Barry Primus


28. Screaming Skull (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 66 min | Thriller

Weird doctor Ollie conducts experiments at the expense of his wealthy wife Helen, who hates him for letting their son die.

Director: Gloria Monty | Stars: Vincent Gardenia, Carrie Nye, David McCallum, Whitfield Connor

Votes: 90


29. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: Murder Impossible (1974)

73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A scientist is murdered and his new invention is stolen and held for ransom.

Stars: Martin E. Brooks, John Ericson, Jack Ging, David Hedison


31. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: A Little Bit Like Murder (1973)

73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A malevolent old house is pervaded by evil spirits who inflict harm upon the occupants. Their latest victim is a woman who is overcome with hatred for her family.

Director: Nick Havinga | Stars: Roger Davis, Sharon Farrell, Nina Foch, Elizabeth Hartman


32. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: Color Him Dead (1974)

63 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

After an assassin's bullet fails to kill tycoon David Garick, eccentric husband and wife detective team, Arden and Suzy Buckley, are hired to protect the millionaire. The pair have to ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Moffatt | Stars: Gayle Hunnicutt, Christopher Cazenove, Peter Dyneley, Stephen Rea

Votes: 105

4/5/74 Aired as "K is For Killing"

33. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: Sign It Death (1974)

73 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Secretary Tracy Conway is a starry-eyed romantic who dreams of the day her wealthy and powerful boss will sweep her off her feet and marry her. She's unemployed, but she soon sets her ... See full summary »

Director: Shaun O'Riordan | Stars: Francesca Annis, Patrick Allen, Moira Redmond, Edward Judd

Votes: 114


34. The Turn of the Screw (1974 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An English governess is hired to take care of two adorable orphans, who turn out to be not exactly what they seem to be.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Lynn Redgrave, Megs Jenkins, John Barron, Anthony Langdon

Votes: 224

4/15 & 4/16/74

35. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: Death in Small Doses (1973)

Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Recently widowed Laura Vallance returns home to England after many years living abroad. She knows few people in England, but she desires rest and seclusion in her time of grief. However, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert D. Cardona | Stars: Michael Jayston, Nyree Dawn Porter, Barry Nelson, Thorley Walters

Votes: 100

4/22/74 Aired as "Ring Once For Death"

36. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: Murder by Proxy (1974)

Drama, Horror, Mystery

The president of an electronic's corporation dies and a mysterious caller tells officials at his company that they will be dead soon too.

Stars: Edward Andrews, Lawrence Pressman


37. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: Someone at the Top of the Stairs (1973)

70 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

A young woman and her friend rent a room in an old dark mansion. Soon they become aware of the fact that the other "renters" are a very strange lot, and that there are some very odd ... See full summary »

Director: John Sichel | Stars: Donna Mills, Judy Carne, David de Keyser, Francis Wallis

Votes: 222


38. The Spiral Staircase (1946)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions"; one night during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith

Votes: 8,634


39. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: One Deadly Owner (1974)

70 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

A fashion model buys a Rolls-Royce. What she doesn't know is that it's haunted.

Director: Ian Fordyce | Stars: Donna Mills, Jeremy Brett, Robert Morris, Laurence Payne

Votes: 145


40. Police Headquarters (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Mystery

A police lieutenant's routine Sunday afternoon is interrupted by the death of a hoodlum rub-out and the seemingly unrelated death of a socialite.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: Patricia Barry, Paul Carr, Peter Coffield, Charles Dierkop


41. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: Come Die with Me (1974)

Drama, Horror, Mystery

A man kills his older brother when he is refused a loan and then is held in bondage by the housekeeper who knows of the murder.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: Eileen Brennan, Nick Ferrari, William Lanteau, Charles Macaulay

Votes: 6


42. Moon of the Wolf (1972 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 75 min | Horror, Thriller

After several locals are viciously murdered, a Louisiana sheriff starts to suspect he may be dealing with a werewolf.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: David Janssen, Barbara Rush, Bradford Dillman, John Beradino

Votes: 1,302


43. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: Murder Is a One-Act Play (1974)

Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Soap opera actress Penny Stacey is flattered when she meets Mr. Rook, who is organizing a fan club dedicated to her character on the program "Saints and Sinners." However, the lines between... See full summary »

Director: Robert D. Cardona | Stars: Robert Powell, Jennie Linden, George Maharis, Anthony Newlands

Votes: 95

5/21/74 Aired as "Death to Sister Mary"

44. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: In the Steps of a Dead Man (1974)

73 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

When a young soldier suddenly dies, his parents and his girlfriend are naturally shocked and upset by the news. Several months later a young man turns up at the parent's house claiming to ... See full summary »

Director: Shaun O'Riordan | Stars: John Nolan, Richard Vernon, Denise Buckley, Faith Brook

Votes: 97


45. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )
Episode: Night Life (1973)

73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Revenge rears its ugly head when a husband finds out that his wife has been unfaithful.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: Charles Aidman, Joel Fabiani, Anne Francis, Heather MacRae