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Ellery Queen: 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?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 43604
Airdate: Thursday September 18th, 1975

Guest Stars
Basil HoffmanBasil Hoffman
As Fingerprint Man
John HillermanJohn Hillerman
As Simon Brimmer
John LawlorJohn Lawlor
As Radio Technician
Nina RomanNina Roman
As Grace
Don AmecheDon Ameche
As Dr. Norman Marsh
Anne FrancisAnne Francis
As Evelyn Chandler
Jack KellyJack Kelly
As J. T. Latimer
Ida LupinoIda Lupino
As Stephanie Talbot Kendrick
Craig Stevens (1)Craig Stevens (1)
As Jonathan Kendrick
Susan StrasbergSusan Strasberg
As Cathy Kendrick
James LydonJames Lydon
As Radio Actor
Jason WingreenJason Wingreen
As Roy Miller
Main Cast
Jim HuttonJim Hutton
As Ellery Queen
David WayneDavid Wayne
As Inspector Richard Queen
Tom ReeseTom Reese
As Sergeant Thomas Velie
Episode Notes
The last names of the characters in this episode played by Don Ameche and Anne Francis are taken from well-known mystery writers Ngaio Marsh and Raymond Chandler respectively.

Jack Kelly is best known for his role as gambler Bart Maverick on the classic 1957-62 ABC western Maverick.

Craig Stevens' best known for playing the title role in the private eye TV series Peter Gunn.

Susan Strasberg was the daughter of famed acting guru Lee Strasberg.

Anne Francis' best known TV role is the female private eye Honey West.

Evelyn Chandler is listening to Abbott and Costello on the radio at the beginning of the episode.

Jack Kelly and Anne Francis had previously co-starred together in the classic 1956 sci-fi film Forbidden Planet.

David Wayne and Ida Lupino both appeared in the Adam West Batman series in the 60s, as the Mad Hatter and Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft.

Episode Quotes
Brimmer: Nice of you to caddy for us, Queen.

Ellery: I thought these matches were fixed.
Inspector Queen: Aw, they're just setting up things for a re-match.

Inspector Queen: What makes you think it wasn't suicide?
Ellery: I didn't say it wasn't.

Inspector Queen: Velie, show the gentleman out.
Brimmer: I have some interesting information for you, Inspector.
Inspector Queen: Hold it, Velie.

Inspector Queen: (about Kendrick) There's one man who isn't very upset about his wife's suicide.
Ellery: If it was a suicide.

Brimmer: The lawyer who probates this estate will receive an enormous fee. Think about that, Queen.

Latimer: Miss Chandler and I are old friends.
Ellery: I gathered that.

Ellery: Dad, you have the most wonderful habit of asking leading questions.
Inspector Queen: And you have the most wonderful habit of not answering them.

Cathy: (about Inspector Queen) How do you put up with him?
Ellery: Practice.

Inspector Queen: Supposition, supposition. I want facts.

Ellery: You're having Simon Brimmer tailed?
Inspector Queen: Why not? He's doing better than we are.

Dr. Marsh: All my patients are in critical condition.

Brimmer: You're about to hear a confession from the murderer. A new first in radio history.

Technician: All the mikes functioned perfectly, sir. We got everything.
Brimmer: Break the record.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRichard Levinson  |  William Link
Costume DesignerCharles Waldo
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