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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.

Director:

James P. Hogan

Writers:

Frederic Dannay (as Ellery Queen), Manfred Lee (as Ellery Queen) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
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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RICH WALL ST. WIDOW IS STRANGELY SLAIN! PLAYBOY IS SUSPECT IN MOTHER'S MURDER! Cops Grill Doctors, Nurses In Two Mysterious Killings! (original print media ad, many caps, depicting newspaper headlines and sub-headlines) See more »

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gavilla de asesinos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Larry Darmour Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A one-sheet poster for the film appears outside a movie theatre in Counter-Espionage (1942) See more »

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Good Mystery, Rote Execution
13 February 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ralph Bellamy made four Ellery Queen movies for Larry Darmour, releasing through Columbia in the early 1940s. The fourth is a typically well constructed murder mystery. Blanche Yurka is a penny-pinching rich woman whom everyone wants dead: her son, Leon Ames, whom she won't give any money to; her daughter, Jean Fenwick, whom she keeps on a similarly tight leash; George Zucco, the head doctor at the hospital she owns, who wants to give his medical advance to the world, when she insists she owns it; and gangsters Paul Hurst and Tom Dugan, who have run her off the road to kill her on Ames' instruction. She winds up in the hospital, not dead.... but dies, strangled.... everyone wants her dead. No one could have done it.

A fine mystery and, like the others in the series, it plays fair with the fans of the genre. Unfortunately, it's a lot weaker than earlier entries, being weakened by a ot of dumb humor to eke its length out to a standard length of just over 69 minutes. It's good to see Bellamy, Margaret Linday as Nikki Porter and Charley Grapewin as Inspector Queen again, but the movie would have been more pleasing had it been a bit less stereotyped. and rote.


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