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Ellery Queen: 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.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x14
Production Number: 43608
Airdate: Sunday January 18th, 1976

Guest Stars
Arthur GodfreyArthur Godfrey
As Claude Stilwell
David HedisonDavid Hedison
As Roger Woods
Dorothy MaloneDorothy Malone
As Carol Farnsworth
Ed McMahonEd McMahon
As Lamont Franklin
Ann ReinkingAnn Reinking
As Lorelei Farnsworth
Bobby ShermanBobby Sherman
As Doug Carmichael
Dick Van PattenDick Van Patten
As Billy Geeter
Art BalingerArt Balinger
As Newscaster
Ellen MadisonEllen Madison
As Emily Woods
John FujiokaJohn Fujioka
As Restaurant Manager
Patricia WilsonPatricia Wilson
As Bridget
Main Cast
Jim HuttonJim Hutton
As Ellery Queen
David WayneDavid Wayne
As Inspector Richard Queen
Tom ReeseTom Reese
As Sergeant Thomas Velie
Episode Notes
Ed McMahon, who plays the murder victim in this episode, was the long time sidekick to Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.

Dorothy Malone won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Written on the Wind.

Dick Van Patten is best known for his role as family patriarch Tom Bradford on the ABC drama Eight is Enough.

Arthur Godfrey had his own variety show on CBS for many years.

Episode Quotes
Inspector Queen: (to Sitwell) I believe you're going to learn the solution to your employer's murder.

Lorelei: (to Ellery) You're very nice but sometimes you don't make much sense.

Inspector Queen: In other words, Ellery, nobody could have killed Lamont Franklin but somebody did.

Ellery: (about the workshop) Wow! That's some layout.

Sitwell: I am an executive not an inventor.

Ellery: Where's the bacon?
Inspector Queen: At 29 cents a pound it's still on the pig.

Ellery: Did you see the Wall Street financials?
Inspector Queen: Are they covering murders these days?

Ellery: I think Carmichael's story's so bad it just might be true.

Inspector Queen: Son, when it comes to women you'd better leave character analysis to your old man.

Sitwell: Sorry, I can't help you.
Inspector Queen: Sorry, I don't believe you.

Episode References
Inspector Queen listens to The Lone Ranger on the radio in this episode.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRichard Levinson  |  William Link
Costume DesignerCharles Waldo
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