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Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime (1941)

Passed | | Mystery | 14 August 1941 (USA)
Several days after one of his company's dams burst, ruining the life savings of several investors, a shady power company president is found stabbed to death. Ellery Queen gets to the bottom of the mystery.

Director:

James P. Hogan (as James Hogan)

Writers:

Eric Taylor (screenplay), Frederic Dannay (as Ellery Queen) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Ralph Bellamy ... Ellery Queen
Margaret Lindsay ... Nikki Porter
Charley Grapewin ... Insp. Queen
Spring Byington ... Carlotta Emerson
H.B. Warner ... Ray Jardin
James Burke ... Sgt. Velie
Douglass Dumbrille ... John Matthews
John Beal ... Walter Matthews
Linda Hayes ... Marian Jardin
Sidney Blackmer ... Anthony Rhodes
Walter Kingsford ... Henry
Honorable Wu ... Lee
Charles Lane ... Dr. Prouty
Charles Halton ... Rufus Smith
Arthur Q. Bryan Arthur Q. Bryan ... Book Salesman
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Several days after one of his company's dams burst, ruining the life savings of several investors, a shady power company president is found stabbed to death. Ellery Queen gets to the bottom of the mystery.

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Perferct suspense...perfect excitement...in Ellery Queen's most gripping story... See more »

Genres:

Mystery

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Not a lost film, but presently locked up due to legal complications. See more »

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Followed by Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen (1942) See more »

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Deserves to be on DVD
5 February 2004 | by LoringSee all my reviews

There have been tons of Ellery Queens over the years in the movies and on TV and Ralph Bellamy does an admirable job in this flick. There's a lot of humor in the film. Spring Byington as a dotty matron who thinks more of her pet monkey than her family is a lot of fun, though you're never quite sure if she is as dotty as she seems. Bellamy is unflappable, jaunty and confident in the title role. His relationship and repartee with his secretary are delightful. There's a very funny scene with Ellery at an auction of the contents of a country house. The mystery isn't a bad one, though there's a good chance you will eliminate enough suspects on your own to figure out whodunnit. That won't take away from the fun of viewing. If you like the Falcon series with George Sanders and Tom Conway, you'll probably enjoy this, if you can find it. I have a copy only because I caught it on TV once and taped it. Someone ought to restore the print and issue it on DVD so everyone can enjoy Bellamy in a fine comedy-mystery role.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra da Morte See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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