Sep. 11, 1975
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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Ellery Queen

Starring Jim Hutton as author/detective Ellery Queen and with David Wayne as his father, Inspector Richard Queen. The show was different from other whodunits in that Ellery Queen would break through the fourth wall towards the end of each episode and offer a challenge to the viewer to figure out the correct solution to the crime.


Ellery Queen Season 1 (1975-1976)

1x01 1 1x01 Too Many Suspects
When a famous fashion designer is found murdered, Inspector Richard Queen of the NYPD is baffled by her dying clue, prompting him to bring in his son, mystery writer Ellery Queen, ...
Mar. 23, 1975
1x02 1 1x02 The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne
After a wealthy industrialist threatens to disinherit family and staff at a New Year's Eve party, he is soon found murdered in a nearby phone booth by fellow guest Inspector Queen, ...
Sep. 11, 1975
1x03 1 1x03 The Adventure of the Lover's Leap
When an heiress is found dead from an apparent suicide, Ellery Queen suspects she was murdered, but the investigation is hindered by interference from radio detective Simon Brimm ...
Sep. 18, 1975
1x04 1 1x04 The Adventure of the Chinese Dog
A fishing trip for Richard and Ellery Queen soon becomes a working vacation when they are asked to help investigate the murder of a small town magnate.
Sep. 25, 1975
1x05 1 1x05 The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader
A tyrannical comic book creator is shot to death in his office, and Ellery Queen becomes the prime suspect.
Oct. 02, 1975
1x06 1 1x06 The Adventure of the 12th Floor Express
Inspector Queen calls in his son Ellery to help investigate the murder of a newspaper publisher, who first disappears from his private express elevator then is later found there dead ...
Oct. 09, 1975
1x07 1 1x07 The Adventure of Miss Aggie's Farewell Performance
Beloved Vera Bethune stars as Miss Aggie in a radio soap opera, but is about to be written out. One day she drinks water from a jug and is poisoned in a murder attempt. She is taken ...
Oct. 19, 1975
1x08 1 1x08 The Adventure of Colonel Niven's Memoirs
Ellery's publicist becomes embroiled in a murder investigation when she finds the body of one of her clients, a World War II spy who recently wrote a tell-all memoir.
Oct. 23, 1975
1x09 1 1x09 The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party
Fun-loving theatrical producer Spencer Lockridge invites Ellery to his mansion for a weekend of working out how to adapt one of Ellery's works for the stage. But the producer disappears ...
Oct. 30, 1975
1x10 1 1x10 The Adventure of Veronica's Veils
Burlesque producer Sam Packer is found dead of an apparent heart attack but he leaves behind a video to be shown at his funeral in which he states that no matter what it looks like, ...
Nov. 13, 1975
1x11 1 1x11 The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse
Much-hated museum benefactor Norris Wentworth is found dead in the museum. The autopsy indicates he died of a heart attack but did he have help in dying? He was let into the museum ...
Dec. 11, 1975
1x12 1 1x12 The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument
An awards dinner sponsored by the Crime Writers of America is being held at the residence of writer Edgar Manning who is the recipient of the Blunt Instrument Award. Ellery is not present ...
Dec. 18, 1975
1x13 1 1x13 The Adventure of the Black Falcon
Letting a fine wine "breathe" proves deadly for the wine's owner Nick Kingston, who leaves it unattended for a killer to poison it. The vintner, who's hosting a party upstairs, comes ...
Jan. 04, 1976
1x14 1 1x14 The Adventure of the Sunday Punch
During a practice bout, a lucky shot knocks champion boxer Kid Hogan unconscious. He revives enough to sip some water from his manager's "swill bottle," then falls comatose and is ...
Jan. 11, 1976
1x15 1 1x15 The Adventure of the Eccentric Engineer
Famous inventor Lamont Franklin suddenly withdraws from the world and starts holing up in his shed, playing incessantly with his toy trains. So why would someone kill him? A clue ...
Jan. 18, 1976
1x16 1 1x16 The Adventure of the Wary Witness
Linville Hagen, on trial for murder, claims that the victim Nick Danello was shot through a window from a fire escape, and that Hagen fired at the killer. The defendant's lawyer Leo ...
Jan. 25, 1976
1x17 1 1x17 The Adventure of the Judas Tree
Someone makes the murder of wealthy George Sherman look like a ritualistic killing, hanging his corpse from a Cersis tree (aka a Judas tree, after the one Judas Iscariot supposedly ...
Feb. 01, 1976
1x18 1 1x18 The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario
Gil Mallory, an actor playing Ellery Queen in a motion picture, is supposed to be shot on camera, then jump up and nab the woman who shot him, exclaiming "Bulletproof vest!" The rehearsal ...
Feb. 08, 1976
1x19 1 1x19 The Adventure of the Two-Faced Woman
Society matron Lilliam McGraw is stabbed to death while examining a painting she purchased at auction. She had started to scrape off the painting to get at another painting underneath, ...
Feb. 29, 1976
1x20 1 1x20 The Adventure of the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley
Famous crooner and cutthroat record producer Alvin Winer is doing a radio interview when songwriter Danny Murphy breaks into the studio and angrily accuses the singer of stealing ...
Mar. 07, 1976
1x21 1 1x21 The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep
Mobster Ralph Caesar survives a bombing attempt and plays dead, hiding out in a hotel room with two police guards. But he is found dead anyway, of poison. Furious crusading District ...
Mar. 14, 1976
1x22 1 1x22 The Adventure of the Hard Hearted Huckster
Madison Avenue advertising executive James Bevin Long wants to make newspaper columnist Frank Flanagan a TV star by setting him up with a variety show. But then Long is murdered in ...
Mar. 21, 1976
1x23 1 1x23 The Adventure of the Disappearing Dagger
In the series' finale, Ellery probes the murder of a retired detective who was killed while investigating a five year old unsolved murder case.
Apr. 04, 1976
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Season 1 Characters

Ellery Queen played by Jim Hutton
Inspector Richard Queen played by David Wayne
Sgt. Thomas Velie played by Tom Reese
Simon Brimmer played by John Hillerman
Grace played by Nina Roman
Frank Flannigan played by Ken Swofford
Vera played by Maggie Nelson (II)
Waiter played by Danny Wells
Deputy Commissioner Hayes played by Arch Johnson
the maid played by Patricia Wilson
Dr. Steiner played by Peter Hobbs
Harry played by Basil Hoffman
Security Guard played by Billy Varga
Reporter played by Peter Paul Eastman
Albert Klinger played by George Furth
Bud Armstrong played by Tom Bosley
Carson McKell played by Ray Milland
Claude Sitwell played by Arthur Godfrey
Claudia Wentworth played by June Lockhart
Dina Carroll-Winer played by Polly Bergen
Dr. Norman Marsh played by Don Ameche
Eddie Morgan played by Howard Duff
Frank Anthony played by Robert Alda
George Tisdale played by John Dehner
Gerald Hacker played by Gary Burghoff

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Season 1 Videos

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Season 1 Quotes

01x21 - The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep Season 1 / Episode 21: - The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep

Ellery Queen: Well, have you figured it out? If you've been watching closely, you've probably worked it out, too. Was it Florence? Max the copy writer? Or did Jerry Crabtree stab Long? How about Horace Manley? Or did Rita Radcliffe make good on her threat? Or was it somebody else? No, it wasn't Flannigan, and the waiter didn't do it. I'll give you a hint: it's later than you think.
01x12 - The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument Season 1 / Episode 12: - The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument

Eddie Morgan: You know Nick, he doesn't like mind-reading acts; they remind him of his ex-wife.
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Season 1 Trivia

  • Episode 13 - Kid Hogan's weight is never given, but given his size, he is either a heavyweight or a light heavyweight. If so, the "Champ" he's supposed to fight would be either Joe Louis (heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949) or Gus Lesnevich (light heavyweight champion from 194
  • Episode 15 - Although clearly seen in the role of 'Dottie Lomax,' actress Jackie Russell is billed in the closing credits as playing 'Virginia.'
  • Goof (anachronisms): The wall socket from which Monaca Grey pulls TV and clock cords is a 3-prong grounded plug which were not standard in 1947. The 3-prong socket and plug became new construction code in 1962.
  • Episode 12 - During the late 1940's actor Howard Duff, who plays Eddie Morgan, starred on CBS and later NBC radio in "The Adventures of Sam Spade", one of the most popular detective dramas of the period.
  • Episode 16 - In most episodes you are shown the victim and told that they will die. In the beginning of this one, and "The Adventure of Veronica's Veils", the victim is already dead.

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