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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 »


James P. Hogan


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


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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


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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Long Lost Daughter
13 July 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

William Gargan takes over the role of Ellery Queen as the mystery writer turned detective in A Close Call For Ellery Queen. He has a couple of close calls, but it's Margaret Lindsay who really puts herself in jeopardy with a masquerade.

Edward Norris private secretary to millionaire Ralph Morgan asks for Ellery's help in getting rid of a pair of unwanted guests who have planted themselves at Morgan's estate. Norris suspects blackmail of some kind, but before Gargan can go to work the guests Andrew Toombes and Charles Judel wind up shot to death in the back room of a waterfront dive.

Lindsay insinuates herself in the case by masquerading as a long lost daughter who with her 'sister' Kay Linnaker stands to inherit a fortune from Morgan. Still yet another murder occurs before all is revealed.

A Close Call For Ellery Queen is one of the best of the series. Gargan acquits himself well in the part though I do like Ralph Bellamy better. Though none of the screen Queens fit the author's conception of the part as Jim Hutton did on television, I still like the structure and direction of this film and the performances the director got from his cast.

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English | French

Release Date:

29 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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