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Ellery Queen: 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.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 43614
Airdate: Sunday October 19th, 1975

Guest Stars
John HillermanJohn Hillerman
As Simon Brimmer
Nina RomanNina Roman
As Grace
Eve ArdenEve Arden
As Vera Bethune
Nan MartinNan Martin
As Olivia Burns
John McGiverJohn McGiver
As Mr. Pearl
Bert ParksBert Parks
As Lawrence Denver
Paul ShenarPaul Shenar
As Wendell Warren
Betty WhiteBetty White
As Louise Demery
Beatrice ColenBeatrice Colen
As Mary Lou Gumm
Don KeeferDon Keefer
As Fence
Gerald HikenGerald Hiken
As Alvin Burns
Hilda HaynesHilda Haynes
As Nurse Frawley
Joseph SicardiJoseph Sicardi
As Gus Geropolis
Penelope WindustPenelope Windust
As Anita Leslie
Sidney MillerSidney Miller
As Morgue Attendant

Ralph MontgomeryRalph Montgomery
As Reporter
Main Cast
Jim HuttonJim Hutton
As Ellery Queen
David WayneDavid Wayne
As Inspector Richard Queen
Tom ReeseTom Reese
As Sergeant Thomas Velie
Episode Notes
John Hillerman and Betty White would later co-star together on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Betty White Show.

Eve Arden's radio role in this episode is strongly based on her TV role in the 1950's sitcom Our Miss Brooks.

Bert Parks was the longtime host of the Miss America pageant.

This was the final acting role for John McGiver. Sadly, he died of a heart attack on September 9, 1975, a month and 10 days before the episode aired.

Episode Quotes
Vera: Olivia's a cretin but what can you expect? It's radio.

Inspector Queen: Between no sleep and this ridiculous diet I'm turning into a pretty poor father.

Vera: (to Ellery) Miss Aggie should never appear afraid.

Louise: (to Vera) If you're not safe in the RCA Building you're not safe anywhere.

Inspector Queen: (to Ellery) That was the Mayor. His wife is in mourning for Miss Aggie.

Inspector Queen: Get out of here, Brimmer. This is one case you're not gonna be meddling in.

Ellery: It's about Vera Bethune, Mr. Warren.
Warren: I already gave.

Warren: (about why he broke up with Vera) Why tie your wagon to a dead horse?

Ellery: What about your diet?
Inspector Queen: The Constitution of the United States expressly forbids cruel and unusual punishment.

Ellery: Dad, we'd better get down to the station right away. Simon's gonna accuse the wrong person.

Inspector Queen: You're paying suspects?
Brimmer: Unfortunately, Inspector, my suspects are members of the radio actors union. I have no choice.

Pearl: (to Brimmer) Don't call me, I'll call you!

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRichard Levinson  |  William Link
Costume DesignerCharles Waldo
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