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Ellery Queen: The Adventure of the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley

Popular songwriter Alvin Wyner is murdered during the musical interlude on a radio interview show when he goes to the station's library to find a record. A waiter who had previously accused Wyner of stealing one of his songs is the leading suspect but Ellery thinks differently and once again gets in a battle of wits with the nearly unarmed Simon Brimmer.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x19
Production Number: 43625
Airdate: Sunday March 07th, 1976

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Guest Stars
John Hillerman
As Simon Brimmer
Polly Bergen
As Dina Carroll-Wyner
Ken Berry
As Buddy Parker
Michael Callan
As Gary Swift
Norman Fell
As Errol Keyes
Albert Salmi
As Herbie Morrow
Rudy Vallee
As Alvin Wyner
Billy Varga
As Security Guard
Brad David
As Dan Murphy
Dori Brenner
As Laura Schramm
Harold Ayer
As Studio Engineer
Renne Jarrett
As Penny Carroll
Vince Howard
As Charlie
Main Cast
Jim Hutton
As Ellery Queen
David Wayne
As Inspector Richard Queen
Tom Reese
As Sergeant Thomas Velie
Episode Notes
This episode marked the final appearance of John Hillerman as radio star Simon Brimmer who was 0 for the series doing battle against Ellery Queen.

Ken Berry had previously starred in F Troop and Mayberry RFD.

Norman Fell is best known to TV viewers for his role as tightwad landlord Stanley Roper on Three's Company.

Rudy Vallee and Ellery Queen co-star David Wayne both played villains on Batman. Romero played Lord Marmaduke Fogg and Wayne played the Mad Hatter.

Episode Quotes
Ellery: Danny, you watch your temper.

Brimmer: (to Wyner) A bit overplayed, wouldn't you say?

Ellery: What happened?
Brimmer: Murder, plain and simple. Tell your father to alert his minions.

Inspector Queen: A record library is the perfect place for a murder. Nobody around.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRichard Levinson  |  William Link
Costume DesignerCharles Waldo
Warning: Ellery Queen season 1 episode 19 guide may contain spoilers
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