Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
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The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party 

Fun-loving theatrical producer Spencer Lockridge invites Ellery to his mansion for a weekend of working out how to adapt one of Ellery's works for the stage. But the producer disappears ... See full summary »

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Spencer Lockridge
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Howard Biggers
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Laura Lockridge
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Paul Gardner
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Doyle the Butler
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Mrs. Letitia Allingham
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Diana Gardner
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Emmy Reinhart
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Lew Brown ...
Lt. Carr
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Johnny Lockridge
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Fun-loving theatrical producer Spencer Lockridge invites Ellery to his mansion for a weekend of working out how to adapt one of Ellery's works for the stage. But the producer disappears shortly thereafter and is presumed murdered. A series of clues are delivered by pranksters' means. The idea is to try to get the killer to implicate himself or herself. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Family | Mystery

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30 October 1975 (USA)  »

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The only one of the episodes (excepting the pilot) directly based on material written by Dannay and Lee. See more »

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Ellery Queen: Well, there it is. You've just found out something that I've known since late yesterday: that Spencer Lockridge is dead and that one of the people in the library killed him. But how, and why, and and when - and I guess, more to the point, who? Now the key to the solution involves a clock that wasn't there - or if it was, why didn't I see its reflection in the mirror? You got the answer? Let's find out.
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References Johnny Belinda (1948) See more »

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Despite a strong supporting cast, this episode is only average
22 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Theatrical producer Spencer Lockridge is producing a play based on one of Ellery's books and has invited Ellery down to his mansion for the week-end. Upon arriving at the Lockridge home, Ellery finds his host dressed as the Mad Hatter and the host's wife and guests are dressed as other characters from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. They are rehearsing a play to amuse Lockridge's young nephew for his birthday the following day. In the night, Spencer Lockridge disappears - did he leave on his own, was he kidnapped or was he murdered? Great guest cast especially Jim Backus, Rhonda Fleming, and Larry Hagman. But the episode falls a bit flat and it has an annoying kid in it. For one thing, David Wayne as Inspector Queen is just in a couple of scenes and Tom Reese as Sgt. Velie has only about one line at the end of the show. Jim Hutton is just not engaging enough to carry the show by himself - he needs Wayne and to a lesser extent, Reese. Also, this show doesn't have s sufficient late 1940s feel to it as do other episodes such as the ones with radio show backgrounds or set in a comic book office. Still entertaining but not one of the best episodes.


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