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A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen (1942)



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Detective Ellery Queen's vacation is interrupted when murder strikes next door to his oceanside cabin.

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery
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Two murders are committed and a $50,000 Chinese Mandarin stamp is stolen, tossed around and eventually recovered as an aggregation of costly-stamp counterfeiters are uncovered through the mastermind investigation by Ellery Queen.

Director: Ralph Staub
Stars: Eddie Quillan, Charlotte Henry, Rita La Roy


Cast overview:
William Gargan ...
Norman Hadley
James Burke ...
Frank M. Thomas ...
Capt. H.T. Daley (as Frank Thomas)
Adele Belden
Morgan Conway ...
Ray Stafford
Tommy Gould
Noel Madison ...
George Belden
Charlotte Wynters ...
Mrs. Irene Evington Hadley


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Ellery Queen untangles a web of mystery!







Release Date:

7 May 1942 (USA)  »

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A Desperate Chance  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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William Gargan and Margaret Lindsay get John Litel out of a frame
6 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Complex machinations are one hallmark of these Columbia Ellery Queens. Part of that is Margaret Lindsay impersonating someone else. In this offering, John Litel is framed for embezzlement and goes missing, to San Francisco, where someone spots him and tells his New York wife. She hires Queen, who tries to smoke out Litel. Queen's father-detective, Charley Grapewin, is soon on the trail too. This one has a femme fatale in Lilian Bond.

"A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen" is another strong entry in the series. I am again impressed with the professionalism of the film making. That includes the actors who are constantly revealing their reactions to others. Acting is reacting. It's done quickly, without the camera pausing for too long on the person's face, because by then the next line has arrived. Has this art been largely shelved in favor of slowing things down? Sergio Leone could get away with that and raise it too high art, but not lesser directors and actors.

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