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Ellery Queen: The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep

A star witness at the trial of a mobster is murdered while in the custody of Inspector Queen's office and the finger soon points to none other than Sgt. Velie. It's up to the Inspector to get his subordinate off the hook as well as fend off criticism from his superiors that he's over the hill and relies too much on Ellery.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x20
Production Number: 43622
Airdate: Sunday March 14th, 1976

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Guest Stars
Arch Johnson
As Deputy Commissioner Hayes
Edward Albert
As Lee Marx
Bibi Besch
As Edie Allen
Michael V. Gazzo
As Benny Franks
Jan Murray
As Ralph Caesar
Kevin Tighe
As Jim Millay
Stuart Whitman
As Erwin Murphy
Elizabeth Lane
As Ruth Caesar
Erica Hagen
As Melody Todd
Timothy Carey
As Jay Bonner
Main Cast
Jim Hutton
As Ellery Queen
David Wayne
As Inspector Richard Queen
Tom Reese
As Sergeant Thomas Velie
Episode Notes
Kevin Tighe took time off from playing Roy DeSoto on the NBC drama Emergency! to appear in this episode.

Edward Albert is the son of actor Eddie Albert of Green Acres fame.

Stuart Whitman had previously starred as Marshal Jim Crown on Cimarron Strip.

Episode Quotes
Inspector Queen: (about Murphy) Now there's a man who wants to be governor in the worst way.

Caesar: How do I look?
Inspector Queen: Like a man in a false moustache.

Velie: Listen, Caesar, I gotta guard you but I don't have to listen to any of your guff.

Caesar: What if I want some fresh air?
Inspector Queen: If you open a window remember that first breath may be your last.

Murphy: This had better be the most thorough murder investigation ever conducted by the homicide bureau.
Inspector Queen: They're all thorough!

Ellery: How'd he look when you found him?
Inspector Queen: Dead.

Velie: Inspector, I think we got a break.
Inspector Queen: We could use one.

Ellery: The Commissioner's your age. Nobody's saying he's over the hill.
Inspector Queen: He's not on the firing line.

Franks: (to Ellery) Readin' about murder--that helps me relax.

Murphy: Is this a deliberate attempt to compromise my position? Inviting me in the same room as this gangster.
Franks: It ain't gonna help my reputation much either.

Episode References
Inspector Queen does the final denouement in this episode instead of Ellery.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRichard Levinson  |  William Link
Costume DesignerCharles Waldo
Warning: Ellery Queen season 1 episode 20 guide may contain spoilers
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