Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
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The Adventure of the Sunday Punch 

During a practice bout, a lucky shot knocks champion boxer Kid Hogan unconscious. He revives enough to sip some water from his manager's "swill bottle," then falls comatose and is soon ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Anthony
Sam Hatter
Corrine Ogden
Doctor Sanford
Otis Young ...
Joseph Adams Simpson
Terrence O'Connor ...
Melinda Sanford
Jerry Quarry ...
Brad 'Kid' Hogan
Art Aragon ...
Knucks O'Neill (as Dick Bakalyan)
Maggie Nelson ...
Pervis Atkins ...


During a practice bout, a lucky shot knocks champion boxer Kid Hogan unconscious. He revives enough to sip some water from his manager's "swill bottle," then falls comatose and is soon pronounced dead. An autopsy reveals he was poisoned, and the "swill bottle" was loaded with poison. The manager is strongly implicated, but so is the opponent Joe Simpson. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Family | Mystery





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11 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Kid Hogan's weight is never given, but given his size, he is either a heavyweight or a light heavyweight. If so, the "Champ" he's supposed to fight would be either Joe Louis (heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949) or Gus Lesnevich (light heavyweight champion from 1941 to 1948). See more »


Ellery Queen: Now, Flannigan's picture and the way my dad pours milk in the coffee gave me the answer. Was it Joe Adams? Was it Sam Hatter? Was it Doc Sanford or Melinda Sanford? Or Eddie? Or was it someone else? Now, bear in mind that the timing has a lot to do with it. Yeah. I'll tell you more about it at the gym.
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Frank Flannigan back in episode 13
15 October 2009 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Ken Swofford returns as Gazette columnist Frank Flannigan, this time present at the local gym, where heavyweight contender Brad "Kid" Hogan(played by former real-life boxer Jerry Quarry) is seemingly knocked out and later dies after a spirited fight with his sparring partner Joe Adams (Otis E. Young). "Sparring Partner Hits and Runs!" scream the headlines, until the coroner's report reveals that poison was the cause of death. Suspicion shifts from Adams to Hogan's manager (Dane Clark), who was photographed at ringside holding the poison-filled water bottle. Other persons of interest are local gangster Frank Anthony(Robert Alda), who was betting on the "Kid" to take a dive in his upcoming championship bout, also Hogan's fiancée (Terrence O'Connor), who spent two weeks out of town due to an injury inflicted by the "Kid," which had angered the girl's doctor father (Lloyd Nolan), who treats all of the fighters at the gym. Among the pugilists are former lightweight boxer Art Aragon, and Pervis Atkins, former pro football player with the Rams, Redskins, and Raiders. Special mention goes to ubiquitous TV veteran Dick Bakalyan, as Anthony's right-hand man, and Maggie Nelson, making another token appearance as Flannigan's faithful secretary Vera, who can be seen giving her boss a massage.

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