A ventriloquist is sent on a mission to smuggle some priceless jewels from China to New York, but almost as soon as he arrives there, he gets killed and the jewels are nowhere to be found. His daughter happens to be a friend of Nikki Porter, who is now working as Ellery Queen's secretary. And that's how Ellery himself gets involved in the case, although he insists that all he wants to do is finish writing his latest book. The second entry in the Ralph Bellamy - Ellery Queen series (and fourth film starring this character in total) is occasionally fun to watch, especially thanks to the delightful Margaret Lindsay as Nikki Porter and the comic relief provided by Inspector Queen's dim-witted assistants, but suffers from a shockingly weak "climax" - the entire solution to this rather complex case is over and done with in about 30 seconds with as little fanfare as possible. ** out of 4.
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