Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
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The Adventure of the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley 

Famous crooner and cutthroat record producer Alvin Winer is doing a radio interview when songwriter Danny Murphy breaks into the studio and angrily accuses the singer of stealing his song. ... See full summary »

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Dina Carroll-Winer
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DJ Paul 'Buddy' Parker
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Gary Swift
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Errol Keyes
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Herbie Morrow
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Alvin Winer
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Famous crooner and cutthroat record producer Alvin Winer is doing a radio interview when songwriter Danny Murphy breaks into the studio and angrily accuses the singer of stealing his song. Danny threatens Alvin, then storms out with several others in pursuit. Alvin is soon found in the music library, dead and clutching a recording of "Danny Boy," which would seem to implicate Murphy. But is it a dying clue or a red herring? Written by Peter Harris

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7 March 1976 (USA)  »

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The exterior location used for the "Winer" mansion is identical to the "Kendrick" mansion in Ellery Queen: The Adventure of the Lover's Leap (1975). See more »

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Ellery Queen: [writing a note for his father after a late night] Dear Dad: I wanted to get an early start, and decided to let you sleep. Love, Ellery.
[Ellery moves to leave the note under the skull - but there's a note already there]
Inspector Richard Queen: [voiceover] Dear Ellery: I wanted to get an early start, and decided to let you sleep. Love, Dad.
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Farewell to Simon Brimmer
26 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Episode 19, "The Adventure of the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley," touches on the subject of payola circa 1947, the tendency of music publishers to bribe disc jockeys playing certain records to guarantee a hit success. Here, we have Simon Brimmer (John Hillerman) attending a tribute to beloved tunesmith Alvin Winer (Rudy Vallee) on the live radio broadcast of midnight DJ 'Buddy' Parker (Ken Berry), accompanied by Winer's wife (Polly Bergen) and daughter (Renne Jarrett). A late arrival to the studio is recording artist Gary Swift (Michael Callan), earning a fortune singing Winer's songs, but whose latest record is smashed by an irate Winer, who denies Swift any kind of publicity on his behalf. At a local diner, aspiring songwriter Dan Murphy (Brad David) begins humming his latest tune to Ellery, who drops by to take a break from his typewriter, just as Alvin Winer sits down at the piano to play his newest composition, the exact same one as Dan's. Enraged, the rash youngster rushes over to the studio and confronts the music thief on the air before making his escape, pursued by Parker, Swift, and Winer's manager (Albert Salmi). Alvin himself makes his way to the record library to find a replacement for the Swift recording he destroyed, where he is shot dead by an unknown assailant. A dying clue found clutched in the dead man's hand is a recording of "Danny Boy," a hit for Gary Swift. Police search for the missing Dan Murphy while Ellery learns about payola from Swift and his nervous agent (Norman Fell). This would be the eighth and final appearance of John Hillerman as radio sleuth Simon Brimmer, a character created for the pilot, who signs off with the story of his happy boyhood, proclaiming himself 'a most delightful child.' Playing Charlie, Murphy's fellow counterman at the diner, is black actor Vince Howard, a familiar face in many TV shows, such as KOLCHAK:THE NIGHT STALKER, in which he portrayed a puzzled cop in "The Devil's Platform." One final note of trivia: the title on screen triples the word 'of' as in "The Adventure of the Tyrant of of Tin Pan Alley."


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