Madison Avenue advertising executive James Bevin Long wants to make newspaper columnist Frank Flanagan a TV star by setting him up with a variety show. But then Long is murdered in his private bathroom, stabbed in the back. The killer had to be someone who knew Long's meticulous habits. The plans for the TV show go forward and Ellery takes an inside look at the advertising industry to determine how the killer could have slipped in and out undetected. Written by
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In the scenes taking place at a TV station, there are television cameras in the studio with the call letters "WPIQ-TV" painted on them. This is an "in-joke", since the call letters mean "Private Investigator Queen". Ironically, in real life, there has been a New York television station called WPIX-TV since 1948. See more
As Flanningan sits at the desk on his set, practicing his lines and being made up, we can hear low chatter in the background. Only a few feet away in the same studio, the cooking program is being broadcast live but we never hear anything the host is doing or saying - not to mention that there wouldn't be chatter on set during a live broadcast. See more
Well, have you figured it out? If you've been watching closely, you've probably worked it out, too. Was it Florence? Max the copy writer? Or did Jerry Crabtree stab Long? How about Horace Manley? Or did Rita Radcliffe make good on her threat? Or was it somebody else? No, it wasn't Flannigan, and the waiter didn't do it. I'll give you a hint: it's later than you think.