For those of you who were too young to read Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine as a child, you're in for a real treat w/ these DVD's based on those short stories. Like a true mystery, the viewer is introduced to the suspects at the beginning as well as the victim. Then throughout the hour the viewer is presented w/ clues, some obvious, some more subtle. Then Ellery (Jim Hutton) faces the camera reviews the clues and challenges the viewer to solve the mystery, before him. Finally, the suspects are gathered in a room and like Poirot, one by one they are eliminated until the murderer is revealed. Suddenly the clues seem obvious and the mystery ridiculously easy to solve. This set is fun and a real brain-teaser.!
This is the 3rd and best adeptation of Ellery Queen brought to TV and the most irrisistable. First heard on the radio in the '30's, the series came to TV during the war and this final series featured on the small screen from 1975-76 is set in 1947. For some there is the air of nostalga about the setting others a (painless) lesson in history of post-war New York.
Ellery (Jim Hutchinson) is portrayed as an absent-minded, but brillian sleuth who helps his father Inspector Queen (David Wayne) to solve murders. As well as the cast of characters from the E. Q. novels and short stories, there is a famous supporting cast including Vincent Price, Don Ameche, Dana Andrews, George Burns, Vera Miles, Eva Gabor, Roddy McDowall, Ed McMahon, Sal Mineo, Donald O'Conner, Ida Lupino, Cesar Romaro, Eve Arden, Ray Milland, Betty White, Joan Collins and many others.
DVD set contains 6 discs, digitally remastered and includes a booklet outlining the authors, history of Ellery Queen, pictures of the cast and a synopsis of each story. There is also a special feature by the co-producer, William Link who with his partner Levison will go on to create Columbo and Murder She Wrote.