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
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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
This is not a police case! This is a private murder!
Inspector Richard Queen