Ellery Queen: Season 1, Episode 7

The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs (23 Oct. 1975)

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Ellery's publicist becomes embroiled in a murder investigation when she finds the body of one of her clients, a World War II spy who recently wrote a tell-all memoir.


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Episode cast overview:
Marcel Fourchet
Lloyd Bochner ...
Col. Alec Nivin
Gretchen Corbett ...
Jenny O'Brien
Alexsei Dobrenskov
Rosh Kaleel / Barney Groves / Maj. George Pearson
Nina van Pallandt ...
Sonja Dobrenskov (as Nina Van Pallandt)
Peter Bromilow ...
Colin Esterbrook
Toian Matchinga ...
Glenda Dunlap (as Caryn Matchinga)
Jonathan Hole ...
Dress Shop Manager
Claude Earl Jones ...
Mounted Officer


At a book signing Ellery is introduced to Colonel Alec Nivin who is signing his recent publication "Memoirs of a Spy" on the book's first day of sale. The book is a character assassination of various British, French, and Russian operatives who are now living in the United States after WWII. Later that evening when one of the exposed operatives kills Nivin, Ellery and Inspector Queen must sort through Nivin's files to find the killer. As the list of suspects keeps growing, it isn't till Ellery realizes that the killer could only have bought Nivin's book on the day of the murder at the Gotham Book Store since Ellery was there and he bought the last copy of the book. Written by H Pylypiw

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Crime | Drama | Family | Mystery





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23 October 1975 (USA)  »

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Inspector Richard Queen: [Door bell rings] I'm coming, I'm coming... oh... ah.
Jenny O'Brien: Good morning Inspector!
Inspector Richard Queen: Morning.
Jenny O'Brien: Ah... is Ellery up?
Inspector Richard Queen: I think he's in the kitchen. I smell toast burning!
Jenny O'Brien: I hope I didn't wake you up.
Inspector Richard Queen: Oh no no, I had to get up. The door bell was ringing.
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References The Egg and I (1947) See more »

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Early roles for Rene Auberjonois and Gretchen Corbett
15 October 2009 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Episode 7, "The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs," is one of the few entries to feature a love interest for Ellery (Jim Hutton), in the form of Jenny O'Brien (Gretchen Corbett), an attractive publicist whose most recent client, Colonel Alec Nivin (Lloyd Bochner), has just finished an autobiography that exposes recent war crimes (the series is set in 1947). Attending a book-signing in New York City, the Colonel is delighted to see all 2000 copies sell out in just 2 hours (due mostly to Jenny's expertise), and coaxes her into joining him for a celebration at his private club. Unfortunately, the girl discovers Nivin stabbed to death and herself a prime suspect caught by the doorman (Pernell Roberts). Ellery finds evidence that the wife of a Soviet diplomat (Robert Loggia) was another visitor in the Colonel's room, while other suspects include two men whose wartime activities were exposed in unsavory fashion in Nivin's book: British counter-spy Colin Esterbrook (Peter Bromilow), and French photographer Marcel Fourchet (Rene Auberjonois), who was forced to reveal the names of his fellow freedom fighters after 3 days enduring Nazi tortures. Auberjonois stands out with a believable, sympathetic performance, and it's a shame that Gretchen Corbett never returned as Jenny (nor did any other actress who supplied a love interest), as she is pretty and sexy, her determination helping Ellery find the one vital clue that shatters the killer's alibi. For the record, there were only 3 other females that were involved with Ellery, Karen Machon as Kitty McBride in episode 1, "The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne," Nancy Belle Fuller as Margie Coopersmith in episode 10, "The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse," and Ann Reinking as Lorelei Farnsworth in episode 14, "The Adventure of the Eccentric Engineer," none of whom were as endearing or well-written as Jenny O'Brien. Of course, Gretchen Corbett was concurrently appearing in another NBC series, THE ROCKFORD FILES, for which she seems to be best remembered (33 episodes).

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