Ellery Queen: Season 1, Episode 15

The Adventure of the Wary Witness (25 Jan. 1976)

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Linville Hagen, on trial for murder, claims that the victim Nick Danello was shot through a window from a fire escape, and that Hagen fired at the killer. The defendant's lawyer Leo ... See full summary »

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Linville Hagen, on trial for murder, claims that the victim Nick Danello was shot through a window from a fire escape, and that Hagen fired at the killer. The defendant's lawyer Leo Campbell claims that he can bring in a witness, a woman who was beaten up by the victim. But the woman can't be found. When she's finally tracked down, Inspector Queen, Ellery and Frank Flannigan hear a gunshot from outside her window, break down the door and find the woman lying unconscious -- shot from the fire escape. Written by Peter Harris

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Although clearly seen in the role of 'Dottie Lomax,' actress Jackie Russell is billed in the closing credits as playing 'Virginia.' See more »

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Yvonne Danello: Now I've been a good little hostess, Mister Queen, so why don't you do me a favor and go away, and don't come back. Ever.
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Perhaps the high point of an exceptional series
16 October 2009 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Episode 15, "The Adventure of the Wary Witness," may be considered the finest entry in the entire series (one could make such a claim for every episode, they were all excellent). We begin in the courtroom, where Linville Hagen (Dwayne Hickman) is on trial for the cold-blooded murder of notorious gangster Nick Danello (an unbilled James Demopoulos). The defense attorney, Leo Robert Campbell (Michael Constantine), contends that an unseen assailant fired the fatal shot with Hagen's stolen handgun from the fire escape, and that there was a female red-haired witness who disappeared when Hagen retrieved his gun (conveniently tossed into the room) and fired 2 additional shots himself in the direction of the killer. Locating the missing woman, Dottie Lomax, proved fruitless in the months leading up to trial, so the District Attorney (Richard Sargent) has proceeded on the assumption that there was no witness. In the meantime, the Danello family has vowed revenge for Nick's death, while the missing witness turns up shot by another assailant on another fire escape, just as the jury begins its deliberations. Ken Swofford makes his fourth appearance as Gazette columnist Frank Flannigan, less intrusive than usual, who aids Inspector Queen by publishing the story of the wounded witness, without revealing the knowledge that the killer was successful in his fatal task. It is also Flannigan, due to a barroom fracas, who provides the final clue in the solution of the case. Lovely redhead actress Jackie Russell is actually seen for only a few seconds in a silent bit as Dottie Lomax (erroneously listed in the credits as 'Virginia') in the opening sequence depicting the Danello murder (she wore a fetching bikini in episode 5 of KOLCHAK:THE NIGHT STALKER, titled "The Werewolf"). Cesar Romero is a welcome presence as Armand Danello, Nick's father, while Nick's brother James is played by the dependable Sal Mineo, in his next-to-last TV appearance before his untimely death on Feb.12 1976 (this was broadcast on Jan.25).


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