Ellery Queen: Season 1, Episode 9

The Adventure of Veronica's Veils (13 Nov. 1975)

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George Burns (who receives "special appearance by" billing in the end titles) plays Sam Packer, a wisecracking theatrical producer who appears in his own funeral, via a film he made shortly... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Packer
Risky Ross / Joey Flanders
Alexander 'Pop' Denny
Don Porter ...
Gregory Layton
Veronica Vale / Ronnie
Sam Packer
Marcus Brady
Joshua Shelley ...
Dick Bowie
Peter Hobbs ...
Dr. Steiner
John Dennis ...
Director (as John H. Lawlor)


George Burns (who receives "special appearance by" billing in the end titles) plays Sam Packer, a wisecracking theatrical producer who appears in his own funeral, via a film he made shortly before his demise from an apparent heart attack. Packer's monologue, in true Burns style, is a riff on his own death and how he believed he would be murdered. It turns out the Packer was indeed poisoned in the dressing room of a stripper queen. But she didn't have enough clothes on to smuggle the poison into the room, did she? In fact, nobody seemed to be able to get into the room with the poison. As Ellery says just before revealing the killer: "You'll know who once you figure out how." Written by Peter Harris

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In most episodes you are shown the victim and told that they will die. In the beginning of this one, and "The Adventure of the Judas Tree", the victim is already dead. See more »


Ellery Queen: How do you have it figured? Was it the wife, or the comic, or the stripper, or the angel, or one of the long shots? Now, there's something I should have caught the first day I came here. Once you figure out how, you'll know who.
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Perhaps the finest cast assembled for this series
22 October 2009 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Episode 9, "The Adventure of Veronica's Veils," features a special 'cameo appearance' from none other than George Burns, playing big-shot stage producer Sam Packer, whose latest production is a Burlesque revival on Broadway titled "Take It Off!" This entry begins with Packer's funeral, where all of his associates have gathered to view a screening featuring the producer himself, making accusations against everyone and proclaiming that he was murdered, citing various unsuccessful attempts on his life leading up to his demise. Packer also engages Simon Brimmer (John Hillerman) to investigate on his behalf, which annoys Inspector Queen, whose original verdict on the case (natural causes) is later revealed to be cyanide poisoning. Packer points the finger at his wife (Julie Adams), who he believes was having an affair; Risky Ross (Jack Carter), the former Burlesque comic whom the Inspector remembers as a tough kid from his early days on the force; and Gregory Layton (Don Porter), whom Packer accuses of having an affair with the star stripper, Veronica Vale (Barbara Rhoades), whose talent he admires. 83 year old William Demarest, the oldest actor to appear in the series, plays stage director "Pop" Denny, and Hayden Rorke(I DREAM OF JEANNIE) plays a radio actor on Brimmer's show, revealing the 35-year relationship between "Pop" and Packer. Derrel Maury ("Massacre at Central High") makes an unbilled appearance as the page boy, while Peter Hobbs, who plays toxicologist Dr. Steiner, would play a similar role (billed as 'Medical Examiner') in episode 16, "The Adventure of the Judas Tree." Always an intelligent actress, lovely Barbara Rhoades is a standout, here cast against type and making it work. There is one moment where her character shows her dignity in the dressing room, changing behind a screen while Ellery comments on her profession as a stripper, and her reply is "out there I'm an actress; here I'm a person."

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