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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries
« on: 04 Feb 2012 - 10:39 »

First two volumes released in May.

One of the twentieth century’s most successful crime novelists, Edgar Wallace’s thrillers have been widely adapted for film and television – the most memorable of which are the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series, made at Merton Park Studios during the first half of the 1960s. A noir-esque series, it updates some of the author’s stories to more contemporary settings, blending classic B-movie elements with a distinctly British feel. Long-awaited and much sought after, all 47 films will be released over seven volumes on DVD. As special features, they will also include the seven separate Edgar Wallace thrillers made by Independent Artists Ltd between 1959 and 1961.

This series includes top-notch performances from Michael Caine, Alfred Burke, Barry Foster, Hazel Court, Patrick Magee, Bernard Archard, Michael Gough, Jack Watling, Harry H. Corbett and Bernard Lee, including scripts by Robert Banks Stewart (Callan), Man in a Suitcase co-creator Richard Harris, Philip Mackie (The Naked Civil Servant), Lukas Heller (The Dirty Dozen) and Roger Marshall (The Sweeney). Noted directors include Sidney Hayers (The Avengers), Robert Tronson (Armchair Thriller) and Quentin Lawrence (Catweazle). A recording of the series’ memorable theme music, Man of Mystery, also spawned a Top Five UK hit for The Shadows.


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Re: The Edgar Wallace Mysteries
« Reply #1 on: 04 Feb 2012 - 10:45 »

Nice! I've never seen any of these but they sound great.  :'(
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Re: The Edgar Wallace Mysteries
« Reply #2 on: 04 Feb 2012 - 10:47 »

Nice! I've never seen any of these but they sound great.  :'(
Me neither, looking forward to checking them out.
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Re: The Edgar Wallace Mysteries
« Reply #3 on: 04 Feb 2012 - 10:49 »

Where Merton Park studios was based was about a 5-10 minute walk from where Paul used to live.
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Re: The Edgar Wallace Mysteries
« Reply #4 on: 04 Feb 2012 - 13:03 »

I've got hazy memories of catching some of these late night on ITV sometime in the 80's. Wouldn't mind checking them again and not unreasonably priced either.
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Re: The Edgar Wallace Mysteries
« Reply #5 on: 04 Feb 2012 - 17:01 »

Never thought these would see the light of day on DVD. Network have got some good ones coming up in the next few months.
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Re: The Edgar Wallace Mysteries
« Reply #6 on: 04 Feb 2012 - 22:35 »

I haven't seen them but I've had 4-5 photobustas for a long time and I always thought they looked interesting.


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