Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
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Too Many Suspects 

When a famous fashion designer is found murdered, Inspector Richard Queen of the NYPD is baffled by her dying clue, prompting him to bring in his son, mystery writer Ellery Queen, to help in the investigation.


David Greene


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Hutton ... Ellery Queen
David Wayne ... Inspector Richard Queen
Ray Milland ... Carson McKell
Kim Hunter ... Marion McKell
John Hillerman ... Simon Brimmer
John Larch ... District Attorney
Tim O'Connor ... Ben Waterson
Nancy Kovack ... Monica Gray (as Nancy Mehta)
Warren Berlinger ... Eddie Carter
Monte Markham ... Tom McKell
Gail Strickland ... Gail Stevens
Tom Reese ... Sgt. Thomas Velie
Victor Mohica Victor Mohica ... Ramon (as Vic Mohica)
Dwan Smith ... Cora Edwards
John Finnegan ... Matthew Thomas Cleary


When Monica Grey, successful clothing designer, is found murdered in her 1947 NY penthouse apartment, there is no shortage of suspects. But, as fast as Inspector Richard Queen, NYPD finds grounds to charge one, his novelist son, Ellery Queen, debunks his theory... until he catches the guilty party. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Crime | Drama | Family | Mystery







Release Date:

23 March 1975 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ray Milland's character in this episode goes out drinking and can't remember where he's been; a nod to Milland's role in "The Lost Weekend." See more »


When Monaca Grey is shot the TV news broadcast is just starting as the announcer reads the lead story. At the end, the broadcast is recreated with the exact script and timing. This would indicate that Monaca Grey is shot at 10 PM and takes 25 minutes to unplug the TV, not the 30 seconds as originally shown at the start of the story. See more »


[Ellery tries to decipher the dying clue left by Monica Gray when she pulled out the plugs of the clock and the television set]
Ellery Queen: Well, what was she trying to say, and why both plugs? Was she reaching for the clock cord and did she accidentally pull out the television cord, or was it the other way around? Is she saying something about electricity, about the failure of power? No. Or is she relating to the television set as a piece of furniture, a box, a console, screen? And what about that clock?
Ellery Queen: [...]
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Follows The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950) See more »

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A strange thing to do for a dying woman...
12 February 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

Another good try of the 70s' TV 'Ellery Queen' team to reconstruct the original atmosphere of the 40s in which the stories were set; the settings, the cars, the clothes, the hairstyles are about as close as they can get, and the 'double' episode of 2 hours running time keeps us entertained and our 'little gray cells' working throughout all the duration - which is not an easy thing to accomplish...

But Jim Hutton, as always, amuses us with his absent-mindedness, his dry humor and his endless 'quarrels' with his Dad, the police detective - and keeps reminding us to keep our eyes open and our brains working in order to be able to pick out the right one among the 'too many suspects'. The supporting cast consists of some very fine and well-known TV and movie actors of the time, every one of whom does his very best to keep up the suspense and the entertainment - but unfortunately, the scriptwriters weren't quite faithful to the original novel, and that makes it not only PRETTY difficult for us to guess the solution, but also makes the whole story a little bit implausible...

Now, WHY should a dying woman drag herself to the TV set and clock plug, with the only hope that someone might bother to find out what was on TV exactly at that hour (but which Ellery did, of course...), in order to give us a clue to the murderer's identity? And since the episode picked up the games with words and anagrams, which in the novel at last reveals the murderer's name, they could have gone through with that, leaving this silly TV program hokum aside... It's a shame, because otherwise the episode is an almost perfect murder mystery!

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