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A Close Call for Ellery Queen (1942)

Two mysterious seamen come from Alan Rogers' past to blackmail him as he seeks to locate his missing daughters. Ellery Queen is called in by Stewart Cole, Rogers' secretary. Queen goes to ... See full summary »

Director:

James P. Hogan

Writers:

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

Credited cast:
William Gargan ... Ellery Queen
Margaret Lindsay ... Nikki Porter
Charley Grapewin ... Inspector Queen
Ralph Morgan ... Alan Rogers
Kay Linaker ... Margo Rogers
Edward Norris ... Stewart Cole
James Burke ... Police Sgt. Velle
Addison Richards ... Lester C. Young
Charles Judels ... Corday
Andrew Tombes ... Bates
Claire Du Brey ... Deborah - Housekeeper
Micheline Cheirel ... Marie Dubois
Ben Welden ... Watchman
Milton Parsons ... Rogers' Butler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank O'Connor ... Chauffeur
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Storyline

Two mysterious seamen come from Alan Rogers' past to blackmail him as he seeks to locate his missing daughters. Ellery Queen is called in by Stewart Cole, Rogers' secretary. Queen goes to the estate and finds one daughter already there and the second one expected. When she arrives, it is Ellery's secretary Nikki Porter posing as the daughter as Ellery had her intercept the real heiress after learning of a plot to swindle Rogers. The blackmailing seamen are killed at a waterfront café after getting the blackmail money, Rogers is suspected and Inspector Queen arrives to arrest him, but he is also found dead. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Uncanny Mystery! Unseen Dangers! Unbearable Suspense! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Close Call See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A VERY close call - for Nikki!
7 February 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

When William Gargan took over the role of 'Ellery Queen' from Ralph Bellamy (with the rest of the steady cast remaining the same), the series obviously became more serious again after the comical 'intermissions' especially of "Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring". Murder DID become a serious matter again - and not only for the people involved in the case Ellery for once takes over as a private investigator, but also for our beloved protagonists themselves...

An old country house on an isolated island is the ideal setting for a rather complicated plot with a father searching for his long-lost daughter - and just when Ellery is on his way there to start his investigations, the daughter DOES turn up, and tells her story to Nikki whom Ellery has left behind in his office. And Nikki, curious and fearless as ever, decides to play the daughter's part and head for the island by herself to see what's going on there; and not even SHE can imagine what perils are waiting for her there!

Although the story doesn't sound too convincing, it's still immensely imaginative - and suspenseful... And Nikki, with her false identity, becomes of course the center of interest - and of danger! This one's for mystery fans with strong nerves, no doubt; but it's absolutely worth watching - if you feel up to it...


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