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 »


[Inspector Queen tells his son Ellery about the dying clue left by fashion designer Monica Gray who was found shot to death in her apartment]
Inspector Richard Queen: Well, anyway, she crawled past the coffee table, over to the wall, where she pulled out that plug of the clock and that, uh, television gizmo. And then she died. Now that's my reconstruction.
Ellery Queen: And very good too, Dad. I agree with it.
Inspector Richard Queen: That's as far as I go, because I haven't the slightest idea of what the lady was trying to tell us!
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A strange thing to do for a dying woman...
12 February 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Another good try of the 70s' TV 'Ellery Queen' team to reconstruct the original atmosphere of the 40s in which the stories were set; the settings, the cars, the clothes, the hairstyles are about as close as they can get, and the 'double' episode of 2 hours running time keeps us entertained and our 'little gray cells' working throughout all the duration - which is not an easy thing to accomplish...

But Jim Hutton, as always, amuses us with his absent-mindedness, his dry humor and his endless 'quarrels' with his Dad, the police detective

  • and keeps reminding us to keep our eyes open and our brains working

in order to be able to pick out the right one among the 'too many suspects'. The supporting cast consists of some very fine and well-known TV and movie actors of the time, every one of whom does his very best to keep up the suspense and the entertainment - but unfortunately, the scriptwriters weren't quite faithful to the original novel, and that makes it not only PRETTY difficult for us to guess the solution, but also makes the whole story a little bit implausible...

Now, WHY should a dying woman drag herself to the TV set and clock plug, with the only hope that someone might bother to find out what was on TV exactly at that hour (but which Ellery did, of course...), in order to give us a clue to the murderer's identity? And since the episode picked up the games with words and anagrams, which in the novel at last reveals the murderer's name, they could have gone through with that, leaving this silly TV program hokum aside... It's a shame, because otherwise the episode is an almost perfect murder mystery!

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