Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
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The Adventure of the Chinese Dog 

A fishing trip for Richard and Ellery Queen soon becomes a working vacation when they are asked to help investigate the murder of a small town magnate.



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Episode cast overview:
Warren Wright
Miss Tilda McDonald
Julia Wright
Henry Palmer
Sheriff Oscar Eberhart
Gordon Wilde
Eben Wright
Jerry Fogel ...
Deputy Ralph Brown
Coroner Will Bailey
Minister, J. P. Dell
Waitress, Mamie


Ellery and his father are on a fishing vacation 200 miles from New York City when they are informed of the murder of Eben Wright. He was a rich manufacturer of galoshes, killed by a blow to the head from a valuable Chinese Temple Dog made of solid gold and encrusted with gemstones. Although Inspector Queen would rather catch fish instead of a murderer, Ellery is intrigued enough to sort through the evidence and eventually unhands a dying clue which helps him to pin down Eben's killer. Written by H Pylypiw

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Crime | Drama | Family | Mystery





Release Date:

25 September 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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David Wayne and guest star Murray Hamilton would both go on to play Big Daddy Hollingsworth on The Golden Girls. Hamilton played the role first; after he died, the role was recast with Wayne. See more »


Henry Palmer: Well, how's it going, Inspector? You catch him?
Inspector Richard Queen: Not after you scared him away.
Henry Palmer: The killer?
Inspector Richard Queen: The fish.
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Early role for Dee Wallace
28 October 2009 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Episode 3, "The Adventure of the Chinese Dog," finds Inspector Queen and son Ellery on a fishing trip in the small town of Wrightsville, named for the powerful family of Eben Wright (Robert F. Simon), who runs a galoshes factory worth millions (Ellery quotes: "you can't go wrong with two Wright galoshes"). Eben's daughter Julia (Katherine Crawford) is about to marry an ex-con, Gordon Wilde (Robert Hogan), and the concerned father has already selected their wedding gift, a Chinese temple dog made of solid gold, studded with rubies and emeralds. Entrusting the local sheriff, Oscar Eberhart (Eugene Roche), with the task of guarding the priceless dog, Eben Wright is soon found dead in his study, killed by a blow inflicted by the dog itself. Currently running for sheriff himself is Henry Palmer (Murray Hamilton), who figures it would be a feather in his cap if he could convince Ellery and his father to help out on the case, due to the fact that Eberhart appears to be "running scared." There was no love lost between Eben and his nephew, Warren (Orson Bean), whom he did not trust to run the business, while Eben's longtime housekeeper, Tilda McDonald (Geraldine Brooks), was about to be banished to an apartment in town after the wedding. Hal J. Smith, best known as Otis Campbell in THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, is amusing as the gluttonous coroner, while Mamie the waitress is played by a brunette Dee Wallace, in only her third TV role. Nina Roman returns (unbilled) as Grace, Inspector Queen's secretary, in a brief sequence with Sergeant Velie (Tom Reese).

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