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Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (1941)

Approved | | Mystery | 18 November 1941 (USA)
The benefactor of the Stack Memorial Hospital dies after an operation. Ellery Queen investigates when it is revealed the cause of death was murder by strangulation.

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James P. Hogan

Writers:

Frederic Dannay (as Ellery Queen), Manfred Lee (as Ellery Queen) | 2 more credits »
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Ralph Bellamy ... Ellery Queen
Margaret Lindsay ... Nikki Porter
Charley Grapewin ... Insp. Queen
Mona Barrie ... Nurse Marian Tracy
Paul Hurst ... Page
James Burke ... Sgt. Velie
Leon Ames ... John Stack
George Zucco ... Dr. Edwin L. Jannery
Blanche Yurka ... Mrs. Augusta Stack
Charlotte Wynters ... Miss Fox
Tom Dugan ... Lou Thomas
Olin Howland ... Dr. Williams (as Olin Howlin)
Dennis Moore ... Dr. Dunn
Jean Fenwick ... Alice Stack
Pierre Watkin ... Crothers
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The benefactor of the Stack Memorial Hospital dies after an operation. Ellery Queen investigates when it is revealed the cause of death was murder by strangulation.

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Mystery

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Not a lost film, but presently locked up because of legal complications. See more »

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Follows Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941) See more »

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A bit better than usual for the genre.
3 April 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Augusta Stack was almost killed in a deliberate traffic accident. As a result, she's in the hospital...where Ellery Queen (Ralph Bellamy) is working undercover. She was shaken up and her leg broken...but oddly she died in surgery! Soon, other bodies start piling up and when the cops and Queen investigate, they find lots of people who had reason to kill the old woman...and perhaps the rest. Can Ellery solve the crimes before his lady friend, Nikki (Margaret Lindsay) gets herself killed while snooping into the case as well?

During the 1930s and 40s, a zillion B-murder mysteries were made in Hollywood. They all had a lot of similarities and cliches (such as in this one where Nikki essentially confronts the murderer while having no backup nor a weapon with which to defend herself!). But it is an enjoyable film...worth seeing if you like the genre and a bit better made than usual.

By the way, unlike many sleuths (such as Charlie Chan), tons of different actors played Ellery Queen and none came to own the role or appear in more than a few films. It's a shame Bellamy didn't do more of these films...he was pretty good here.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gavilla de asesinos See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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