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Ellery Queen: The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne

On New Year's Eve, at a posh celebration, a wealthy man is murdered after excusing himself to make a phone call to his attorney. The murder occurs only moments after he announced his plans to disinherit his companions. Ellery and Inspector Queen are soon on the scene and the solution hinges on a clue left by the dead man.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 43606
Airdate: Thursday September 11th, 1975

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Guest Stars
Arch Johnson
As Deputy Commissioner Hayes
Barbara Rush
As Emma Zelman
Herb Edelman
As Taxi Driver
Joan Collins
As Lady Daisy Frawley
David Doyle
As Don Becker
Farley Granger
As Paul Quincy
Ray Walston
As Howard Pratt
Charles Knox Robinson
As Lewis Halliday
George Wyner
As Joe Kemmelman
Guy Lombardo
As Himself
Karen Machon
As Kitty McBride
Lou Gus
As McCoy
Peggy Rea
As Madge Velie
Thayer David
As Marcus Halliday
William Lanteau
As Avery Dickson
Main Cast
Jim Hutton
As Ellery Queen
David Wayne
As Inspector Richard Queen
Tom Reese
As Sergeant Thomas Velie
Episode Notes
This marks the only episode in which Sgt. Velie's wife appears.

Barbara Rush would return in The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario.

Herb Edelman would return in The Adventure of the Hard-Hearted Huckster.

Joan Collins is best known to TV viewers for her role as vixen Alexis Carrington on Dynasty.

David Doyle is best known as sidekick Bosley on Charlie's Angels.

Arch Johnson would return in The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader and The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep.

Thayer David should be familiar to fans of the gothic 1966-71 ABC soap Dark Shadows. He played a variety of roles on that series.

Ray Walston's best known TV role is that of Martin O'Hara in My Favorite Martian.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Guy LombardoAuld Lang Syne 

Episode Quotes
Velie: Don't worry about Ellery, Inspector. I'm sure he's on his way.
Inspector Queen: Yeah, like I was sure he'd made these reservations. I had to tip the headwaiter ten bucks for this table.

Mrs. Velie: I haven't danced like this in years.
Inspector Queen: (trips) Neither have I, dear lady.

Lady Frawley: Well, I never!
Halliday: Oh, but you have, my dear.

Becker: I'm going to the bar to get a stiff drink. I may need quite a few this evening.

Velie: Madge is really light on her feet.
Inspector Queen: On hers--yes.

Lady Frawley: (to Emma) Where were you , Miss Goody Two Shoes?

Lady Frawley: We ought to sue you for false arrest.
Inspector Queen: No one is arrested.

Kemmelman: New Year's Eve is always bad for me and Ethel. Who wants to invite an undertaker to a party?

Ellery: (to cabbie) If I don't get to 124 West End Avenue there's liable to be two murders tonight.

Velie: Any luck, Inspector?
Inspector Queen: It's narrowing down.
Velie: To whom?
Inspector Queen: Everyone in that room.

Kitty: Happy 1947, Ellery Queen.
Ellery: Happy 1947, Kitty McBride.

Episode Goofs
Ellery calls his galpal "Jenny" instead of "Kitty" when he first knocks on her door.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRichard Levinson  |  William Link
Costume DesignerCharles Waldo
Warning: Ellery Queen season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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