Season 1

Too Many Suspects

In this pilot episode, author/amateur detective Ellery Queen tries to track down the killer of a noted fashion designer who pulled the plug out of her clock and her television set as a cryptic dying message.
Guest Stars: Ray Milland as Carson McKell | Kim Hunter as Marian McKell | John Hillerman as Simon Brimmer | John Larch as District Attorney | Tim O'Connor as Ben Waterson | Nancy Kovack as Monica Gray | Warren Berlinger as Eddie Carter | Monte Markham as Tom McKell |
Co-Guest Stars: Gail Strickland as Gail Stevens | Victor Mohica as Ramon | Dwan Smith as Cora Edwards | John Finnegan as Matthew Thomas Cleary | Rosanna Huffman as Radio Actress | James Lydon as Radio Announcer | Basil Hoffman as Fingerprint Expert | Ross Elliott as Judge |
Uncredited: Harry Von Zell as Announcer | Frannie Michel as Penny | Paris Themmen as Boy Defacing Poster

1 :01x01 - The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne

On New Year's Eve, at a posh celebration, a wealthy man is murdered after excusing himself to make a phone call to his attorney. The murder occurs only moments after he announced his plans to disinherit his companions. Ellery and Inspector Queen are soon on the scene and the solution hinges on a clue left by the dead man.
Guest Stars: Joan Collins as Lady Daisy Frawley | David Doyle as Don Becker | Farley Granger as Paul Quincy | Ray Walston as Howard Pratt | Lou Gus as McCoy | Karen Machon as Kitty McBride | Thayer David as Marcus Halliday | Guy Lombardo as Himself | Barbara Rush as Emma Zelman | Charles Knox Robinson as Lewis Halliday | Arch Johnson as Deputy Commissioner Hayes | George Wyner as Joe Kemmelman | Peggy Rea as Madge Velie | William Lanteau as Avery Dickson | Herb Edelman as Taxi Driver
Songs: Guy Lombardo -- Auld Lang Syne

2 :01x02 - The Adventure of the Lover's Leap

While reading an Ellery Queen novel, a fountain pen heiress begins having all the experiences as a character in the book such as having an overwhelming urge to jump off the balcony. Soon afterwards, she's found dead at the bottom of the balcony. Did she jump or was she pushed?
Guest Stars: Don Ameche as Dr. Norman Marsh | Anne Francis as Evelyn Chandler | Jack Kelly as J. T. Latimer | Ida Lupino as Stephanie Talbot Kendrick | Craig Stevens (1) as Jonathan Kendrick | Susan Strasberg as Cathy Kendrick | Jason Wingreen as Roy Miller | Nina Roman as Grace | Basil Hoffman as Fingerprint Man | James Lydon as Radio Actor | John Lawlor as Radio Technician | John Hillerman as Simon Brimmer

3 :01x03 - The Adventure of the Chinese Dog

On vacation in the town of Wrightsville, Inspector Queen and Ellery are dragged into the murder investigation of a man who's head was bashed in by an ornamental dog figurine worth half a million dollars and meant as a wedding gift for his daughter.
Guest Stars: Orson Bean as Warren Wright | Geraldine Brooks as Tilda MacDonald | Katherine Crawford as Julia Wright | Murray Hamilton as Henry Palmer | Eugene Roche as Sheriff Oscar Eberhardt | Robert Hogan as Gordon Wilde | Robert F. Simon as Eben Wright | Jerry Fogel as Deputy Brown | Hal Smith as Coroner Will Bailey | Bill Quinn (1) as Reverend J. P. Dell | Dee Wallace Stone as Mimi |
Uncredited: Stuart Nisbet as Taxi Driver | Nina Roman as Grace
Director: Ernest Pintoff
Story: Gene Thompson | Teleplay: Robert Van Scoyk

4 :01x04 - The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader

Ellery himself is a suspect in the murder of a comic book publisher with whom he'd just had a heated disagreement. Especially when a dying clue appears to point towards him. Muckraking reporter Frank Flannigan makes his first appearance to try and "aid" the investigation.
Guest Stars: Tom Bosley as Bud Armstrong | Lynda Day George as Alma Van Dine | Donald O'Connor as Kenny Freeman | Ken Swofford as Frank Flannigan | Eddie Firestone as Phil Collins | George Sperdakos as Vincent Porter | Joseph Maher as Lyle Shannon | Alan Landers as Ronald Himes | Herbie Faye as Moe Fletcher | Arch Johnson as Deputy Commissioner Hayes | Maggie Nelson as Vera | Sandy Ward as Guard
Director: Peter H. Hunt

5 :01x05 - The Adventure of the 12th Floor Express

There's all kinds of suspects when a newspaper mogul is found murdered in an express elevator to the 12th floor with no one inside but the victim. Suspects include the victim's sister, an editor being forced into retirement, a Red-baiting columnist for the paper, a disgruntled obituary writer and a lawyer for the paper. Then there's the matter of ole Frank Flannigan who's snooping around making a nuisance of himself trying to beat the Queens to the solution.
Guest Stars: Pat Harrington, Jr. as Mitch McCully | Dina Merrill as Harriett Manners | Ruth McDevitt as Zelda Van Dyke | George Furth as Albert Klinger | Paul Stewart (1) as Thornton Johns | Kip Niven as Arthur Van Dyke | John Finnegan as Fred Durnhoffer | Tyler McVey as Henry Manners | Kristin Larkin as Dorothy | Ken Swofford as Frank Flannigan | Suzanne Arnold (1) as Judy Adams | Sandra De Bruin as Sally |
Uncredited: Bill McLean as Security Guard
Director: Jack Arnold

6 :01x06 - The Adventure of Miss Aggie's Farewell Performance

Radio star Vera Bethune is poisoned during a taping of her show. At the hospital, she asks Ellery and the Inspector to stay on the case but soon afterwards she's found shot to death. Simon Brimmer is on the scene too desperately trying to beat the Queens to the solution so as to win back a lost sponsor for his radio program.
Guest Stars: Eve Arden as Vera Bethune | Nan Martin as Olivia Burns | John McGiver as Mr. Pearl | Bert Parks as Lawrence Denver | Paul Shenar as Wendell Warren | Betty White as Louise Demery | Hilda Haynes as Nurse Frawley | Gerald Hiken as Alvin Burns | Penelope Windust as Anita Leslie | Beatrice Colen as Mary Lou Gumm | Nina Roman as Grace | Sidney Miller as Morgue Attendant | Don Keefer as Fence | John Hillerman as Simon Brimmer | Joseph Sicardi as Gus Geropolis |
Uncredited: Ralph Montgomery as Reporter
Director: James Sheldon

7 :01x07 - The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs

A former spy, Colonel Alec Nivin, is in New York for a book signing of his memoirs in which he accuses numerous people of war crimes and treasonous acts. Ellery's galpal, Jenny O'Brien, Nivin's publicist, finds the author stabbed to death in his club office with an antique Kashmir dagger and becomes the primary suspect.
Guest Stars: Rene Auberjonois as Marcel Fourchet | Lloyd Bochner as Colonel Alec V. Niven | Gretchen Corbett as Jenny O'Brien | Robert Loggia as Alexei Dubrenskov | Pernell Roberts as Rosh Kaleel / Barney Groves / Major George Pearson | Nina Van Pallandt as Sonya Dubrenskov | Peter Bromilow as Colin Esterbrook | Caryn Matchinga as Glenda Dunlap | Jonathan Hole as Dress Shop Manager | Claude Earl Jones as Mounted Officer
Director: Seymour Robbie

8 :01x08 - The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party

Ellery and his agent travel to the estate of wealthy eccentric Spencer Lockridge to try to get financial backing to turn one of Ellery's novels into a play. Not long after their arrival, Lockridge disappears and thrusts Ellery into another mystery.
Guest Stars: Edward Andrews as Spencer Lockridge | Jim Backus as Howard Biggers | Rhonda Fleming as Laura Lockridge | Larry Hagman as Paul Gardner | Julius Harris as Doyle | Carmen Mathews as Letitia Allingham | Patricia Smith (1) as Diana Gardner | Julie Sommars as Emmy Reinhart | Lew Brown as Lt. Carr | Olan Soule as Conductor | George Janek as Johnny Lockridge | William Benedict as Cabbie |
Uncredited: Nina Roman as Grace
Director: James Sheldon
Story: Ellery Queen | Teleplay: Peter S. Fischer

9 :01x09 - The Adventure of Veronica's Veils

Producer Sam Packer is found dead of an apparent heart attack but leaves behind a video saying that he was about to be murdered and asking Simon Brimmer to look into things. Packer's widow, knowing that Simon doesn't know his buttocks from third base, then asks Ellery for his help in the case.
Guest Stars: Julie Adams as Jennifer Packer | George Burns as Sam Packer | Jack Carter as Risky Ross/Joey Flanders | William Demarest as Alexander Denny | Don Porter as Gregory Layton | Barbara Rhoades as Veronica Vale | Hayden Rorke as Marcus Brady | Joshua Shelley as Dick Bowie | John Hillerman as Simon Brimmer | Peter Hobbs as Dr. Steiner | John Dennis as Tolson | John Lawlor as Director | Romo Vincent as Gus Banana | Pat Sturges as DoDo |
Uncredited: Derrel Maury as Page Boy
Director: Seymour Robbie

10 :01x10 - The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse

Norris Wentworth brings an Egyptian sarcophagus from Germany to display at a museum but there's a curse on it that's killed its six previous owners. Sure enough, Wentworth assumes room temperature and becomes victim number seven. Simon Brimmer once again appears on the scene to best Ellery and once again comes up short.
Guest Stars: June Lockhart as Claudia Wentworth | Ross Martin (1) as Dr. Otis Tremaine | Nehemiah Persoff as Mustafa Haddid | Simon Oakland as Norris Wentworth | Wallace Rooney as Harry | Charles Macaulay as Art Critic | Gerald Peters as Gilbert | John Hillerman as Simon Brimmer | Nancy Belle Fuller as Margie Coopersmith | Joel Steadman as Bud Wentworth | Nedra Deen as Lois Gordon | John Larroquette as Bellboy
Director: Seymour Robbie

11 :01x11 - The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument

At a dinner party, arrogant mystery author Edgar Manning is presented with the Blunt Instrument Award, awarded annually by the Crime Writers of America, for his book "The Shanghai Solution." Fellow nominee Ellery Queen is not present at the dinner due to a bad head cold so Manning calls him afterwards on the telephone to gloat. He is murdered while speaking to our hero.
Guest Stars: John Dehner as George Tisdale | Eva Gabor as Magda Szomony | Richard Jaeckel as Nick McVey | Dean Stockwell as Cliff Waddell | Ellen Weston as Mary Parks | Clyde Kusatsu as Mateo | Joanna Barnes as Camelia Justice | Keene Curtis as Edgar Manning | Robert Casper as Melville | Robert Cornthwaite as Osterwald |
Uncredited: Francis DeSales as Presenter | Peter Paul Eastman as Fingerprint Man | Arthur Tovey as Man on Dais
Director: Ernest Pintoff

12 :01x12 - The Adventure of the Black Falcon

Simon Brimmer invites the Queens to a live remote broadcast of his radio show at a restaurant where he promises to reveal the results of a murder investigation. Then one of the restaurant owners ends up dead by poisoning. If you think Simon can beat Ellery to the solution in this one you must own the Brooklyn Bridge.
Guest Stars: Howard Duff as Eddie Morgan | Signe Hasso as Flora Schumann | Tab Hunter as John Randall | Roddy McDowall as The Amazing Armitage | William Schallert as Alexander | Lewis Charles as Nick Kingston | Susan Stafford as Hat Check Girl | Rosanna Huffman as Nancy McGuire | George Skaff as Maitre'D | Bob Basso as Waiter | John Hillerman as Simon Brimmer |
Uncredited: Leoda Richards as Nightclub Patron
Director: Walter Doniger
Writer: Marc Ray

13 :01x13 - The Adventure of the Sunday Punch

Ole Frank Flannigan is on the scene again making the usual first class nuisance of himself when a prizefighter is killed while training for a championship bout. The finger of guilt points towards the boxer's sparring partner whose fiancee asks Ellery to step in and clear her man.
Guest Stars: Robert Alda as Frank Anthony | Art Aragon as Eddie | Pervis Atkins as Rocky | Richard Bakalyan as Knuckles O'Neill | Dane Clark as Sam Hatter | John Furlong as Dave | Janet MacLachlan as Corinne Ogden | Juanita Moore as Mrs. Douglas | Maggie Nelson as Vera | Lloyd Nolan as Dr. Sanford | Terrence O'Connor as Melinda Sanford | Otis Young as Joe Adams | Ken Swofford as Frank Flannigan | Jerry Quarry as Kid Hogan
Director: Seymour Robbie

14 :01x14 - The Adventure of the Eccentric Engineer

When a formerly brilliant, now seemingly senile inventor is murdered in his workshop, investigators are stumped. It appears as though nobody could have come in or out of the workshop during the period in which the murder must have taken place. It's a classic locked room puzzle for Ellery and the Inspector.
Guest Stars: Arthur Godfrey as Claude Stilwell | David Hedison as Roger Woods | Dorothy Malone as Carol Farnsworth | Ed McMahon as Lamont Franklin | Ann Reinking as Lorelei Farnsworth | Bobby Sherman as Doug Carmichael | Dick Van Patten as Billy Geeter | Ellen Madison as Emily Woods | Patricia Wilson as Bridget | John Fujioka as Restaurant Manager | Art Balinger as Newscaster
Director: Peter H. Hunt

15 :01x15 - The Adventure of the Wary Witness

An old college chum of Ellery's is accused of murdering a mobster and the case hinges on a missing witness. Ole Frank Flannigan is on the scene too hoping to get a scoop.
Guest Stars: Michael Constantine as Leo Campbell | Dwayne Hickman as Linville Hagen | Sal Mineo as Johnny Danello | Michael Parks as Terry Purvis | Cesar Romero as Armand Danello | Dick Sargent as D. A. Calabrese | Tricia O'Neil as Yvonne Danello | Sam Gilman as Judge | Richard Young as Dr. Kemp | Jackie Russell as Virginia | Ollie O'Toole as Hobby | Myron Natwick as First Reporter | Ken Swofford as Frank Flannigan | Katherine Woodville as Priscilla Hagen | James Demopoulos as Nick Danello | Robert Stoneman as Second Reporter |
Uncredited: Cosmo Sardo as Spectator | Arthur Tovey as Spectator
Director: Walter Doniger

16 :01x16 - The Adventure of the Judas Tree

Industrialist and war profiteer George Sherman is stabbed to death with a ceremonial Chinese dagger then dragged out of his house and hung from a tree with a crown of thorns on his head. What makes things even more mysterious is when it's discovered that Sherman was dying of a blood disease and had only six months at the most remaining.
Guest Stars: Dana Andrews (2) as Lewis Marshall | Bill Dana as Salvatore Mercadonte | Clu Gulager as Father Devlin | Jack Kruschen as Gunther Starr | George Maharis as Dr. Bender | Diana Muldaur as Paulette Sherman | Michael Pataki as Al Russo | James Shigeta as Stephen Yang | Ted Gehring as Buford | Peter Hobbs as Medical Examiner | Nina Roman as Grace
Director: Walter Doniger
Writer: Martin Roth

17 :01x17 - The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario

The Queens travel to Hollywood to watch the filming of one of Ellery's novels and get involved in the investigation when the leading man is found murdered.
Guest Stars: Noah Beery, Jr. as Lionel Briggs | Don DeFore as Dave Pierce | Troy Donahue as Gilbert Mallory | Vincent Price as Michael Raynor | Paul Carr as Lt. Carr | Susan Damante as Pamela Courtney | Barbara Rush as Claire Mallory | James Sikking as Mike Hewitt | Rod Porter as Assistant Director | Karl Lukas as Sgt. Harris | Paul Fox (3) as Captain Blake | Carole Cook as Gossip Columnist | Jack Murdoch as Al Garvin | Jack De Mave as Sonny North
Director: Peter H. Hunt

18 :01x18 - The Adventure of the Two-Faced Woman

The murder of a socialite who just purchased $350,000 worth of paintings has its underpinnings in events that happened years before in 1922 France. It's a hard road to the truth and Ellery takes the correct one while Simon Brimmer once again crashes and burns.
Guest Stars: Theodore Bikel as Sergio Vargo | Joyce Brothers as Lillian McGraw | Victor Buono as Dr. Friedland | Vera Miles as Celeste Wakefield | Forrest Tucker as Clint McGraw | Edward Mulhare as Myles Prescott | Alfred Ryder as Claude Gravette | Woodrow Parfrey as Dr. Saltzman | Ben Wright as Anton Lucek | Diana Chesney as Edna | James Andronica as Eddie Hummell | John Hillerman as Simon Brimmer | Michael Arthofer as Sound Effects Man
Director: Jack Arnold

19 :01x19 - The Adventure of the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley

Popular songwriter Alvin Wyner is murdered during the musical interlude on a radio interview show when he goes to the station's library to find a record. A waiter who had previously accused Wyner of stealing one of his songs is the leading suspect but Ellery thinks differently and once again gets in a battle of wits with the nearly unarmed Simon Brimmer.
Guest Stars: Polly Bergen as Dina Carroll-Wyner | Ken Berry as Buddy Parker | Michael Callan as Gary Swift | Norman Fell as Errol Keyes | Albert Salmi as Herbie Morrow | Rudy Vallee as Alvin Wyner | Renne Jarrett as Penny Carroll | Brad David as Dan Murphy | Dori Brenner as Laura Schramm | Vince Howard as Charlie | Harold Ayer as Studio Engineer | Billy Varga as Security Guard | John Hillerman as Simon Brimmer
Director: Seymour Robbie

20 :01x20 - The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep

A star witness at the trial of a mobster is murdered while in the custody of Inspector Queen's office and the finger soon points to none other than Sgt. Velie. It's up to the Inspector to get his subordinate off the hook as well as fend off criticism from his superiors that he's over the hill and relies too much on Ellery.
Guest Stars: Edward Albert as Lee Marx | Bibi Besch as Edie Allen | Michael V. Gazzo as Benny Franks | Jan Murray as Ralph Caesar | Kevin Tighe as Jim Millay | Stuart Whitman as Erwin Murphy | Elizabeth Lane as Ruth Caesar | Erica Hagen as Melody Todd | Timothy Carey as Jay Bonner | Arch Johnson as Deputy Commissioner Hayes | Stanley Ralph Ross as Gabe

21 :01x21 - The Adventure of the Hard Hearted Huckster

Ole Frank Flannigan is made to look foolish in the infant medium known as television in this episode about a nasty tobacco company marketing executive who gets murdered just before agreeing to sponsor a television show starring our favorite muckraking reporter.
Guest Stars: Eddie Bracken as Horace Manley | Bob Crane as Jerry Crabtree | Herb Edelman as Max Sheldon | Carolyn Jones (1) as Rita Radcliffe | Ken Swofford as Frank Flannigan | Juliet Mills as Florence Ames | Fred Beir as James Bevin Long | Danny Wells as Waiter | Maggie Nelson as Vera | Charles Bergansky as Chauffeur | Wonderful Smith as Superintendant | Larry Block as Floor Director |
Uncredited: Andrea Howard as Receptionist

22 :01x22 - The Adventure of the Disappearing Dagger

Ellery and the Inspector investigate the murder of a retired detective who was killed while investigating a five year old unsolved murder case.
Guest Stars: Gary Burghoff as Jerry Hacker | Ronny Cox as Buck Nolan | Mel Ferrer as Brandon Chiles | Walter Pidgeon as Hamilton Drew | Dana Wynter as Alyssa Childs | Michele Marsh as Norma Lee Burke | R.G. Armstrong as Sam Buffo | Tom Lacy as Ray Vogel |
Uncredited: Tom Brown (1) as Broadcaster | Kristin Lakin as Assistant | Nina Roman as Grace
Director: Jack Arnold
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Crime | Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 11, 1975
Ended: April 04, 1976
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