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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.
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.
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.
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.