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Ellery Queen: 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.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 43613
Airdate: Thursday October 09th, 1975

Guest Stars
John FinneganJohn Finnegan
As Fred Durnhoffer
Ken SwoffordKen Swofford
As Frank Flannigan
Dina MerrillDina Merrill
As Harriett Manners
George FurthGeorge Furth
As Albert Klinger
Kip NivenKip Niven
As Arthur Van Dyke
Kristin LarkinKristin Larkin
As Dorothy
Pat Harrington, Jr.Pat Harrington, Jr.
As Mitch McCully
Paul Stewart (1)Paul Stewart (1)
As Thornton Johns
Ruth McDevittRuth McDevitt
As Zelda Van Dyke
Suzanne Arnold (1)Suzanne Arnold (1)
As Judy Adams
Tyler McVeyTyler McVey
As Henry Manners

Bill McLeanBill McLean
As Security Guard
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 "howdunit" of this case bears a strong similarity to the solution of an episode of Perry Mason entitled The Case of the Wednesday Woman.

Pat Harrington is best remembered for his role as wacky apartmen supervisor Duane Schneider on One Day at a Time.

The radio announcer of the baseball game Zelda Van Dyke is listening to is long-time New York Yankess broadcaster Mel Allen.

The resort town of Wrightsville, the setting for The Adventure of the Chinese Dog, is mentioned at the beginning of the episode when Ellery states he's going there for some rest and relaxation before getting dragged into the murder investigation.

Episode Quotes
Johns: Inspector, you measure a newspaperman by the number of enemies he's made.

Johns: (to Inspector Queen about Flannigan) Do I have to stand here and listen to this overrated fool?

Flannigan: I'm just trying to serve the people, Inspector.

Ellery: Don't you like elevators?
Velie: Not this one.

Judy: $22.50 a week doesn't go very far these days.

Johns: McCully is an All-American, red-blooded idiot.

McCully: I can spot a Commie at 50 paces.

McCully: You show me a man who's trying to sell world peace and I'll show you a card-carrying Commie every time.

Ellery: Strange how people end up, isn't it?
Inspector Queen: You wanted to be a magician.
Ellery: I was eight years old.

Inspector Queen: (to Ellery) You mean I was dragged down here in the middle of the night to find out this case is still impossible to solve?

Ellery: Flannigan, what are you doing here?
Flannigan: Oh, just trying to make a living.

Flannigan: The police don't pay Flannigan's salary. The Gazette does.

Arthur: Do you have any idea what it's like writing about dead people every day?
Ellery: Well, sort of, yeah.

Episode References
In this episode we learn that Ellery was born on April 2, 1912 in New York City.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRichard Levinson  |  William Link
Costume DesignerCharles Waldo
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