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The Wide World of Mystery 

A 90 minute late-night mystery and suspense anthology series which ran on ABC (American Broadcasting Company), between 1973 and 1978.


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Series cast summary:
John Karlen ...  Otto Roget / ... 4 episodes, 1973-1974
Joel Fabiani ...  Pete 3 episodes, 1973-1975
Philip Carey ...  Detective Arnburg / ... 3 episodes, 1973-1974
Peter Coffield Peter Coffield ...  Chet / ... 3 episodes, 1974-1976
Robert Foxworth ...  Dr. Victor Frankenstein / ... 2 episodes, 1973
Michael Parks ...  Moody 2 episodes, 1975
Susan Strasberg ...  Elizabeth Clerval / ... 2 episodes, 1973
Bo Svenson ...  Giant / ... 2 episodes, 1973
Philip Bourneuf ...  Alphonse Frankenstein 2 episodes, 1973
Robert Gentry ...  Henri Clerval / ... 2 episodes, 1973
Heidi Vaughn Heidi Vaughn ...  Agatha DeLacey 2 episodes, 1973
Mariette Hartley ...  Kaleta Wilson / ... 2 episodes, 1974
Jon Lormer ...  Charles DeLacey 2 episodes, 1973
George Morgan George Morgan ...  Hugo 2 episodes, 1973
William Hansen William Hansen ...  Professor Waldman 2 episodes, 1973
Brian Avery ...  Felix DeLacey / ... 2 episodes, 1973
Willie Aames ...  William Frankenstein 2 episodes, 1973
Rosella Olsen Rosella Olsen ...  Bride of the Monster 2 episodes, 1973
Edgar Daniels Edgar Daniels ...  Innkeeper 2 episodes, 1973
Malila Saint Duval Malila Saint Duval ...  Safie 2 episodes, 1973
Edgar Justice Edgar Justice ...  Mayor 2 episodes, 1973
Peter Haskell ...  Clifford Swimmer / ... 2 episodes, 1973-1974
Laurence Luckinbill ...  Patch / ... 2 episodes, 1973-1974
Gary Merrill ...  Gordon Craig 2 episodes, 1973
Bradford Dillman ...  Lt. Danny Ianello / ... 2 episodes, 1975
Robin Strasser ...  Gina / ... 2 episodes, 1973-1974
Susan Sarandon ...  Dita / ... 2 episodes, 1973-1974
Charles Dierkop ...  Charlie / ... 2 episodes, 1974
Heather MacRae ...  Lila / ... 2 episodes, 1973-1975
Sharon Farrell ...  Linda / ... 2 episodes, 1973-1974
Moses Gunn ...  Joe Mattingly 2 episodes, 1973-1974
Charles Aidman ...  Paul Ross 2 episodes, 1973
Anne Francis ...  Midge Ross 2 episodes, 1973
Susan Dury Susan Dury ...  Babs Bryant / ... 2 episodes, 1974-1975
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ...  Frank / ... 2 episodes, 1974-1975
Nita Talbot ...  Beatrice Dean 2 episodes, 1974-1975
Lynda Day George 2 episodes, 1974
Barton Heyman ...  Boyle / ... 2 episodes, 1974
Leslie Charleson 2 episodes, 1975
Lee Kroeger Lee Kroeger ...  Mandy / ... 2 episodes, 1975
Robert Symonds ...  Ruig 2 episodes, 1975


A 90 minute late-night mystery and suspense anthology series which ran on ABC (American Broadcasting Company), between 1973 and 1978.

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Release Date:

15 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery of the Week See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Many installments have remained unseen since the mid-late 1970s. Though ABC has never commented on their survival status, it is feared that these episodes may be lost. See more »

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This was a good series with some entries better than others.
10 August 2006 | by leetallahasseeSee all my reviews

I remember this series fondly from when I was a young adult back in the 1970's. Originally, if I remember correctly, it was called the ABC Wide World Mystery. These were 90 minutes videotaped (PAL format converted to NTSC) commercials included that ran from 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. EST that were originally called the "Thriller" series in Great Britain. They were taped in England and starred one or two American actors with the rest of the cast being British. Some of my favorites were "Someone at the Top of the Stairs" starring Donna Mills; "Nurse Will Make It Better" a.k.a. "Devil's Web" starring Diana Dors (in a striking character performance; "The Eyes Have It" starring Sinead Cusack (daughter of Cyril Cusack, wife of Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune, Lolita, etc.): "Murder on the Midnight Express" starring Judy Geeson; "Sign It Death" starring Francesca Annis; "Screamer" starring Pamela Franklin; and one starring Carol Lynley (the title escapes me at the moment). All of these have been released to DVD recently, although they may not play on certain DVD players as they were 1) In PAL format 2)Made for another DVD "zone" (not the United States "zone.")

Then, if memory serves, the United States jumped on board and made some entries in the series, on videotape (NTSC this time) 90 minutes, including commercials. These generally lacked the style and intricate video "editing" of their British counterparts, but were interesting in their own way. Over the years I have attempted to reconstruct a list of these episodes and their stars from memory as they have not been listed anywhere in their entirety. I remember most, if not all, of them, at least in part. Some of my favorites were: "The Invasion of Carol Enders" starring Meredith Baxter-Birney (now divorced and back to just Baxter) and Christopher Connelly (now deceased); "The Cloning of Clifford Swimmer" starring Lance Kerwin, Sheree North, and Peter Haskell (now retired and a lawyer, I hear); One starring Carol Williard and Hurd Hatfield (Title?); One starring Tige Andrews (The Mod Squad, etc)(Title?); "Distant Early Warning" starring Mary Frann (now deceased; of the "Newhart" show, remember her?); One starring Susan Strasberg (now deceased) and Michael Parks (Adam "The Bible", "Then Came Bronson" TV series (where's he been?); One starring Clifton Davis (Title?) mentioned by a previous writer; "The Last Bride of Salem" starring Lois Nettleton and Bradford Dillman (I think); One starring Paul Michael Glaser and Kim Hunter (now deceased, "Planet of the Apes" etc.); One starring Peter Coffield (now deceased) and Tisha Sterling (daughter of Ann Sothern and Robert Sterling); One starring Stephen Collins (Seventh Heaven, etc) and Heather McRae (I think); One starring Tim Mathison and Heather McRae.

And finally, "The Break" (is this the correct title?) was shown separately from both of these other two groups. It starred Robert Shaw and his then wife Mary Ure (both deceased), but I guess you could some- what include it in with these as it was 1) Shot on videotape (PAL, I think) 2)90 minutes in length including commercials 3) shown in the ABC Wide World of Mystery slot at least once (11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. EST)

This was a good series that I would like to see more detail on the IMDb.

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