The son of a police detective solves baffling crimes.
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 Ellery Queen (23 episodes, 1975-1976)
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 Inspector Richard Queen (23 episodes, 1975-1976)
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 Sgt. Thomas Velie (22 episodes, 1975-1976)
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The third TV adaptation of the adventures of super-sleuth Ellery Queen, this time set during the 1940s. Queen was a mystery writer who assisted his father, a detective with the New York Police Department, in solving murders. Sgt. Velie was Inspector Queen's assistant and Simon Brimmer a rival detective. Queen's methods were arcane and intellectual rather than action oriented, and he always astounded his father by arriving at a correct solution by purely deductive reasoning. In this version, just before he revealed his solution to the crime, Queen always turned to the camera and asked the TV audience if they had figured out the identity of the killer yet -- they had all the clues -- because he was about to reveal the correct killer as we met the entire slew of suspects in one room for the ending. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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23 March 1975 (USA)  »

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(22 episodes) | (pilot)

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Timothy Hutton, Jim Hutton's son, starred in the show Leverage (2008). In the episode Leverage: The 10 Li'l Grifters Job (2011), Timothy's character attends a mystery-themed costume party and wears the same hat Jim wore on 'Ellery Queen'. When asked who he is supposed to be, he replies, "Ellery Queen, world's greatest detective." See more »

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Sgt. Thomas Velie: We've had nothing but murders and robberies lately.
Ellery Queen: Post-war prosperity, Velie.
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Almost Perfect
22 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My wife and I really looked forward to watching this show every week during its all too short run. Jim Hutton was excellent as the boyish but shrewd Ellery, David Wayne was outstanding as his father, Inspector Queen and Tom Reese was terrific as the lumbering Sergeant Velie. John Hillerman, later Magnum's sidekick, was super as the arrogant Simon Brimmer, Ellery's rival, and Ken Swofford was good as the down to earth reporter, Frank Flanagan. The mysteries were enacted and the clues spread around so you could play at home. I don't think we got more than a couple right. Some of the shows were adapted from the Ellery Queen books and some were originals, but all were very fine quality. Very good guest stars were featured every week, some were up and coming, but many were old veterans. I would love to get this on DVD.


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