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Ellery Queen: The Adventure of the Wary Witness

An old college chum of Ellery's is accused of murdering a mobster and the case hinges on a missing witness. Ole Frank Flannigan is on the scene too hoping to get a scoop.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: 43620
Airdate: Sunday January 25th, 1976

Guest Stars
Ken SwoffordKen Swofford
As Frank Flannigan
Michael ConstantineMichael Constantine
As Leo Campbell
Dwayne HickmanDwayne Hickman
As Linville Hagen
Sal MineoSal Mineo
As Johnny Danello
Michael ParksMichael Parks
As Terry Purvis
Cesar RomeroCesar Romero
As Armand Danello
Dick SargentDick Sargent
As D. A. Calabrese
Jackie RussellJackie Russell
As Virginia
James DemopoulosJames Demopoulos
As Nick Danello
Katherine WoodvilleKatherine Woodville
As Priscilla Hagen
Myron NatwickMyron Natwick
As First Reporter
Richard YoungRichard Young
As Dr. Kemp
Robert StonemanRobert Stoneman
As Second Reporter
Sam GilmanSam Gilman
As Judge
Tricia OTricia O'Neil
As Yvonne Danello

Arthur ToveyArthur Tovey
As Spectator
Cosmo SardoCosmo Sardo
As Spectator
Main Cast
Jim HuttonJim Hutton
As Ellery Queen
David WayneDavid Wayne
As Inspector Richard Queen
Tom ReeseTom Reese
As Sergeant Thomas Velie
Episode Notes
Sadly, guest star Sal Mineo was stabbed to death on February 12, 1976, just 18 days after this episode aired.

Interestingly enough, Cesar Romero and Ellery Queen co-star David Wayne both played villains on Batman. Romero played the Joker and Wayne played the Mad Hatter.

Dwayne Hickman is best known to TV viewers as the title character in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Dick Sargent is best known as the second Darin Stephens on Bewitched.

Michael Parks is best known to TV viewers as the laconic title character in the 1969-70 NBC drama Then Came Bronson.

Episode Quotes
Inspector Queen: (about the missing witness) With that information we couldn't find Harry Truman in the White House.

Ellery: Hold it, Flanningan. I'm going alone.
Flannigan: Not on your press pass, Junior.

Ellery: You can stay in the hall while I talk to her.
Flannigan: For a story like this I'll stay in the broom closet.

Inspector Queen: Flannigan, don't you have someplace to go?

Flannigan: (to Velie) Let go of me, you big ape.

Inspector Queen: We know all about your reputation, Flannigan.

Ellery: Jimmy, who won the Daily Double?
Jimmy: I don't bet the Daily Double.

Inspector Queen: (about Armand) Cocky old bird, isn't he?

Ellery: Well, Dad, looks like we start all over again.

Episode References
Frank Flannigan isn't quite so antagonistic towards the Queens in this episode.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRichard Levinson  |  William Link
ProducerPeter S. Fischer
Costume DesignerCharles Waldo
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