Two mysterious seamen come from Alan Rogers' past to blackmail him as he seeks to locate his missing daughters. Ellery Queen is called in by Stewart Cole, Rogers' secretary. Queen goes to ... See full summary »
James P. Hogan
The mysteriously ill John Braun makes a new will, leaving out his daughter Barbara, over the protests of his wife. The trouble began when the daughter wanted to marry Mr. Braun's doctor, ... See full summary »
Two investigations involving stealing a large sum of money from a banking house end up in San Francisco where the suspected John Litel has fled and the real thief Noel Madison winds up murdered. Both Inspector Queen and Ellery are serving different clients, but both want to see justice done.
Noel Madison was smart enough to frame Litel, but dumb enough to marry gold digging nightclub singer Lillian Bond who is the outstanding player in the cast. She goes west to, to work for club owner Morgan Conway and locate her husband the dough he was carrying.
There was something else that Madison did wrong. He took money with consecutive serial numbers, easily traced and hot. That's the crux of the whole story, he or whomever winds up with the loot, needs a really good fence.
Ellery Queen's client is Litel's wife Charlotte Wynters who retains William Gargan on a missing persons case. On the other hand Gargan's father Charley Grapewin is looking for robbery suspect and ends up with sidekick James Burke helping the SFPD on Madison's murder.
Helping Gargan of course is Margaret Lindsay and she's certainly more fun to be around than Burke is.
This was one of the best Ellery Queen films going even though it's not anywhere near the Ellery Queen in the novels. It's also not terribly mysterious as we know pretty well who the culprit will be. But it has an action climax and shooting you normally see in westerns.
And it has Arthur Q. Bryan who was the voice of Elmer Fudd over at Warner Brothers. Harry Cohn must have forked over some bucks to not just get Bryan's services, but Elmer's voice as well. You hate to think of anyone talking that way in weal life. He has a scene with a friend in the nightclub where Bond clips the poor schnook as easily as Bugs Bunny ever did. Worth seeing the film for that alone.
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