Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
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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, to help in the investigation.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carson McKell
Marion McKell
District Attorney
Ben Waterson
Monica Gray (as Nancy Mehta)
Eddie Carter
Tom McKell
Gail Stevens
Victor Mohica ...
Ramon (as Vic Mohica)
Cora Edwards
Matthew Thomas Cleary


When Monica Grey, successful clothing designer, is found murdered in her 1947 NY penthouse apartment, there is no shortage of suspects. But, as fast as Inspector Richard Queen, NYPD finds grounds to charge one, his novelist son, Ellery Queen, debunks his theory... until he catches the guilty party. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Crime | Drama | Family | Mystery





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23 March 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This tele-film was made in two versions: the one broadcast (which ran for 90 minutes in the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie time slot) and the two-hour version which is shown in syndication. In addition, the episode - as it was originally shown as a pilot, under the NBC Sunday Mystery banner, is now shown with its original opening; the Henry Mancini Subday Mystery theme plays, with visuals - a magnifying glass lying on a piece of paper, whilst the title and the show's stars - are shown. All following episodes (which were shown under the Ellery Queen banner, as a sole series) are shown with the series' specific music - by Elmer Bernstein - along with visuals specific to the series. See more »


In the scene where Ellery tells his father that he knows who the murderer is, when looking at Ellery's face view he is wearing just a shirt, but when looking at his back he is wearing his brown jacket. See more »


Ellery Queen: It's really very simple. I - I make it a point to be observant and to pay attention to details. Good night, Dad.
[Ellery turns to leave]
Inspector Richard Queen: Son?
Ellery Queen: [turns back] Hmm?
Inspector Richard Queen: You forgot your glasses.
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Follows The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950) See more »

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A Superb Mystery Film
1 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a quite superb mystery film which was the prequel to an equally superb NBC television series. A few years before 'Too Many Suspects', Peter Lawford had starred as Ellery Queen in the film 'Don't Look Behind You'. It was watchable, but Lawford just wasn't the right as Ellery Queen. Jim Hutton, with his gangling, absent-minded amiability fitted the bill perfectly. The interplay between Hutton and David Wayne, who plays his father, Inspector Queen of the NYPD, is a joy to watch as is the rivalry between the Queens and the self-satisfied radio performer and amateur sleuth Simon Brimmer. The mystery itself is a very strong one, with plenty of twists and a truly ingenious ending. The film never drags for a moment and a genuine sense of excitement is built up. If there's ever been a more entertaining mystery film made than 'Too Many Suspects', I haven't seen it.

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