Colonel March of Scotland Yard is a 1950s British television series based on author John Dickson Carr's (a.k.a. Carter Dickson) fictional detective Colonel March from his book The Department of Queer Complaints (1940). Carr was a mystery author who specialized in locked-room whodunnits and other 'impossible' crimes; murder mysteries that seemed to defy possibility. The stories of the television series followed in the same vein with Detective March solving cases that baffle Scotland Yard and the British police. The series was made at Southall Studios in Middlesex, England, and was produced by Fountain Films for ITV. The series premiered in 1955 with a total of 26 episodes. The show starred Boris Karloff as the urbane, eye-patched sleuth (no reason was ever given for the loss of his eye). Other regulars included Ewan Roberts as Inspector Ames of Scotland Yard and Eric Pohlmann as Inspector Goron of the Paris Sûreté.
Boris Karloff - born William Henry Pratt, November 23rd 1887 - passed away February 2nd 1969 (age 81).
Tonight's Story The Abominable Snowman
Boris Karloff ... Col. Perceval March
Ewan Roberts ... Inspector Ames
Doris Nolan ... Mary Gray
Ivan Craig ... Osborne
Olaf Pooley ... Carlmeddy
Alec Mango ... Narbu
Peter Bathurst ... Major Brian Forbes-Williams
Directed By Bernard Knowles
Screenplay Written By Leslie Slote
Story Written By John Dickson Carr
Produced By Hannah Weinstein
Cinematography By Lionel Banes
Film Editing By Thelma Connell
Assistant Director George Mills
Original Music By Edwin Astley
Art Direction By Cedric Dawe
P.S. Edwin Astley was Pete Townshend's father-in-law
Original Air Date: March 7, 1956 (UK)
Season 1, Episode 2
Filming Locations: Southall Studios, Southall, Middlesex, England, UK
Production Co: Fountain Films, Independent Television (ITV), Panda Productions Inc.