At a New Year's Eve party where Guy Lombardo (as himself, albeit about 30 years older than he would have been at the time), Inspector Queen finds blood on a drawing-room floor outside a phone booth, and a knife wedged in the phone booth's door. When Inspector Queen pulls the knife out and opens the door, a body tumbles out. Inspector Queen then finds the phone itself dangling, picks it up and hears a bewildered stranger on the other end. The dead man, a wealthy industrialist, had telephoned the stranger but couldn't talk because the knife had severed his vocal cords. The industrialist had been unable to crawl out of the booth because the knife jammed it shut. There are a plethora of suspects whom the industrialist had insulted just before his death. Written by
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The title refers to the song played on New Year's Eve and at farewell occasions based upon an 18th century Scottish poem and tune. The tune became culturally connected to "Guy" Lombardo and The Royal Canadians by playing it at New Year's Eve festivities from the 1940's to the 1970's and he appeared in the cast. See more
The girl photographer is using blue flashbulbs which weren't manufactured until the 1950s. See more
Are you with me? You may even be way ahead of me. Now, it's not that difficult to figure out why Halliday called Kemmelman - a man he never met, a man he never knew. Remember, he had to have known who stabbed him. The knife was wedged in that phone booth, so he couldn't crawl out, and he knew he couldn't talk, so why call the police when he couldn't say anything? So he did the next best thing. Since he didn't have a pencil or a paper, he left us the only clue he could to the murderer's identity...