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Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You (1971)

Detective Ellery Queen has to solve a series of murders where the victims were killed in numerically descending ages, the male victims were strangled with blue cords and the female victims with pink ones.

Director:

Barry Shear

Writers:

Frederic Dannay (novel) (as Ellery Queen), Manfred Lee (novel) (as Ellery Queen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Peter Lawford ... Ellery Queen
Harry Morgan ... Inspector Richard Queen
E.G. Marshall ... Dr. Cazalis
Skye Aubrey ... Christy
Stefanie Powers ... Celeste
Coleen Gray ... Mrs. Cazalis
Morgan Sterne Morgan Sterne ... Police Commissioner
Bill Zuckert ... Sgt. Velie
Bob Hastings ... Hal Hunter
Than Wyenn Than Wyenn ... Registrar
Buddy Lester ... Policeman
William Lucking ... Lt. Summers
Pat Delany Pat Delany ... Miss Price (as Pat Delaney)
Tim Herbert
Robin Raymond
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Detective Ellery Queen has to solve a series of murders where the victims were killed in numerically descending ages and the men were strangled with blue cords, the women with pink ones. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ellery Queen: nu privi îndărăt See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not bad but not a patch on the TV series
5 January 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Don't Look Behind You does deserve to be judged separately, but the comparisons will be inevitable, it's just that when you watch this film and then the TV series or vice versa it is easy to see which is superior(in this case the TV series with Jim Hutton, one of my personal favourite shows of the 70s). Don't Look Behind You is not bad though, certainly better than it is given credit for despite its debits being really quite problematic. It is far from cheap, the soft grained image has a real charm to it, the lighting does give off a sinister and not too obvious atmosphere and it is evocative detail-to-period wise. The music has a real suavity and liveliness, there is some amusing smart dialogue especially between Ellery and Inspector Queen and the story and mystery is mostly diverting and keeps us guessing. The animation images for the hydra are genuinely creepy and still look good today, and the acting is serviceable with solid if fairly careful support acting and good chemistry between them. Harry Morgan is very good as Inspector Queen and Stefanie Powers is beautifully seductive. Peter Lawford from personal opinion however is miscast, that he is too old is not so much a problem but, while there are moments where he is very suave(and he has a pleasant speaking voice), he does come across as too aloof and too self-assured. The opening credits are cool but go on for far too long, the suspense is rather dragged out at times and when my house mates and I watched this all of us correctly guessed the identity of the killer too early. Some of the lighting at the end is a little too bright and somewhat surrealist as well. In conclusion, better than it's given credit for but not great. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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