History Series / ElleryQueen

15th Jul '17 5:51:37 AM CallingAlameda
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* ContractOnTheHitman: In "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep", the killer provides the police the location of a hitman who had bungled an earlier attempt on the victim, knowing that the hitman will shoot it out with the police rather than being taken alive. The killer does this because the hitman can identify them as the successful murderer.

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* ContractOnTheHitman: In "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep", the killer provides the police the location of a hitman who had bungled an earlier attempt on the victim, knowing that the hitman will shoot it out with the police rather than being taken alive. The killer does this because so the hitman can won't identify them as the successful murderer.person who hired him.



** In "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep", most of the evidence seems to point to Sgt. Velie as the killer. Velie doesn't actually get arrested, but he does turn in his badge when the case against him seems hopeless.

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** In "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep", most of the evidence seems to point to Sgt. Velie as the killer. Velie doesn't actually get arrested, but he does turn in his badge when the case against him seems hopeless. (Ellery does, however, tell the viewer that Velie didn't do it in his challenge to the viewer segment.)





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\n* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Done deliberately in "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep" when mobster Benny Franks puts his arm around crusading prosecutor Erwin Murphy, calling him an old pal and saying he loves him like a brother, knowing this will damage Murphy's reputation.

14th Jul '17 12:43:58 PM CallingAlameda
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* CanonForeigner: Simon Brimmer and Frank Flannigan were original characters created for the television series, not part of the Ellery Queen literary canon.



%%* FairplayWhodunnit

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%%* FairplayWhodunnit* {{Expy}}: Simon Brimmer would eventually be retooled into the character Jonathan Higgins from ''Series/MagnumPI'' (also played by John Hillerman).
* FairplayWhodunnit: The clues necessary to solve each case are always fairly presented within the body of the episode. Often, Ellery will helpfully recap them for the viewer near the end of each episode.



** Flannigan's TV show in "The Adventure of the Hard-Hearted Huckster".



* SpinningNewspaper

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* SpinningNewspaperSpinningNewspaper: Used frequently, especially in episodes featuring Frank Flannigan.



* ThirdPersonPerson: Flannagan often drifted into this trope.

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* ThirdPersonPerson: Flannagan Flannigan often drifted into this trope.



* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: In "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario", Inspector Queen and Ellery go to Hollywood to watch the filming of movie based on one of Elley's novels that features both of them as characters. Neither is impressed with the casting.


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* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: In "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario", Inspector Queen and Ellery go to Hollywood to watch the filming of movie based on one of Elley's novels that features both of them as characters. Neither is impressed with the casting.

casting, and Ellery takes issue with the director's frequent changes to the source material.

12th Jul '17 6:49:55 PM CallingAlameda
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* MythologyGag: In "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario", Inspector Queen says that he heard that Lee Bowman was offered the role of Ellery Queen and turned it down. Bowman starred as Ellery in the 1950 Ellery Queen television series.
12th Jul '17 6:37:16 PM CallingAlameda
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** Subverted in "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley", when the alleged dying clue turns out to be a red herring planted by the killer.]]
** Played with in "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Black Falcon". The victim grabs a particular bottle of wine from the racks to indicate the person who killed him, but he was unaware that the racks had recently been rearranged, causing him to grab a different bottle of wine from the one he intended.]]
7th Jul '17 4:05:02 PM CallingAlameda
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''Ellery Queen'' was an American television detective mystery series that ran for one season from 1975 to 1976 on NBC. It starred Jim Hutton as Ellery Queen, and David Wayne as his father, Inspector Richard Queen.

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''Ellery Queen'' was an American television detective mystery series that ran for one season from 1975 to 1976 on NBC. It starred Jim Hutton as Ellery Queen, and David Wayne as his father, Inspector Richard Queen.
Queen. Other characters include Sgt. Thomas Velie (Tom Reese), Inspector Queen's right-hand man; Simon Brimmer (John Hillerman), a radio sleuth who tries to solve the crimes before Ellery does (and always fails); and Frank Flannigan (Ken Swofford), a newspaper columnist who greatly annoys Inspector Queen by inserting himself into murder investigations looking for the latest developments.



* AndStarring: The opening titles of Simon Brimmer episodes always end with "And John Hillerman as Simon Brimmer".



* CigarChomper: Sgt. Velie

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* CigarChomper: Sgt. VelieVelie is rarely seen without a cigar in his mouth or hand.



* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: In one episode, Inspector Queen discreetly pours a cup of Ellery's awful coffee down the sink, and then follows it by pouring the entire pot out. Ellery then attempts to refill his cup from the empty pot and only notices anything is wrong when he takes a sip from his cup and finds it empty.

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* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: In one episode, "The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse", Inspector Queen discreetly pours a cup of Ellery's awful coffee down the sink, and then follows it by pouring the entire pot out. Ellery then attempts to refill his cup from the empty pot and only notices anything is wrong when he takes a sip from his cup and finds it empty.


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--> '''Nick''': You ever read any of my stuff?
--> '''Ellery''': Yeah, a little.
--> '''Nick''': Then you know how the hero gets information from the guy that won't talk, don't you?
--> '''Ellery''': Yeah, he... punches it out of him. (''beat'') Nick, did you just threaten me?
4th Jul '17 9:20:09 AM CallingAlameda
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** The opening narration of "The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne" lists Guy Lombardo (who is shown leading the orchestra but plays no actual role in the episode's plot) amongst the suspects.
** In "The Adventure of the Lover's Leap", Ellery, during his challenge to the viewer, jokingly includes Simon Brimmer in the list of suspects.
** Averted in "The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs", when Ellery tells the audience that the killer is definitely ''not'' [[GirlOfTheWeek Jenny]].
4th Jul '17 8:54:05 AM CallingAlameda
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* CigarChomper: Sgt. Veelie

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* CigarChomper: Sgt. VeelieVelie



* ClearTheirName: In "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep", Veelie is accused of the murder and Inspector Queen and Ellery have to clear his name.

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* ClearTheirName: In "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep", Veelie Velie is accused of the murder and Inspector Queen and Ellery have to clear his name.
3rd Jul '17 2:57:56 PM CallingAlameda
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* IncurableCoughOfDeath: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in "The Adventure of Miss Aggie's Farewell Performance" when Ellery interviews the soap opera writers about their plans for killing off Miss Aggie.
--> '''Olivia''': Vera Bethune had an exaggerated view of her importance to this program. Her contract was running out and her salary demands were exorbitant.
--> '''Alvin''': So we were ready to do what we always do: stick the old babe in the hospital with a cold. If she plays ball, the cold gets better. If not... pow, double pneumonia, and out she goes!
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* EveryoneIsASuspect: Even Ellery is arrested in "The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader"

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* EveryoneIsASuspect: EveryoneIsASuspect:
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Even Ellery is arrested in "The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader"Crusader". (Inspector Queen doesn't want to do it, but Ellery turns himself in so as to spare his father public humiliation.)
** In "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep", most of the evidence seems to point to Sgt. Velie as the killer. Velie doesn't actually get arrested, but he does turn in his badge when the case against him seems hopeless.



* FrightDeathTrap: The Sacred Stiff version is used "The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse", with a fatal fright being delivered to a man with a weak heart.

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* FrightDeathTrap: The Sacred Scared Stiff version is used "The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse", with a fatal fright being delivered to a man with a weak heart.



* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason that the title character in "The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs" was killed.

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: HeKnowsTooMuch:
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The reason that the title character in "The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs" was killed.killed.
** This was also the reason for the main target's death in "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Sinister Scenario". Mike Hewitt knew that the killer had been culpable in the accidental death of someone else, and the killer had become fearful that Hewitt would soon decide to talk.]]
30th Jun '17 3:27:26 AM CallingAlameda
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* BeneathSuspicion: The killer in "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Pharaoh's Curse]]". This was the only episode where the killer was not one of the suspects named in the opening monologue.

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* BeneathSuspicion: The killer in "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Pharaoh's Curse]]". This was the one of only episode two episodes where the killer was not one of the suspects named in the opening monologue.monologue. (The other was "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Chinese Dog]]".)



* BusmansHoliday:
** In "The Adventure of the Chinese Dog", the Queens go upstate for a fishing trip. A murder takes place, and one of the locals recruits Inspector Queen and his son to investigate.
** In "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario", the Queens visit Hollywood to observe the filming of a movie based on one of Ellery's novels. The star of the movie is murdered, and Ellery takes it upon himself to find the killer.



* DeadArtistsAreBetter: In "The Adventure of the Two-Faced Woman", the victim's husband scoffs at her for bidding on a painting whose artist is still alive.

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* DeadArtistsAreBetter: In "The Adventure of the Two-Faced Woman", the victim's victim-to-be's husband scoffs at her for bidding on a painting whose artist is still alive.



* DeathInTheClouds: "The Adventure of the Disappearing Dagger"

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* DeathInTheClouds: "The Adventure of the Disappearing Dagger"Dagger" involves a man being stabbed to death while on a plane in flight.
* DetectiveMole: The killer of "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Chinese Dog]]" turns out to be [[spoiler:the sheriff in charge of the murder investigation]].



* IntrepidReporter: Recurring character Frank Flannigan.

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* IntrepidReporter: Recurring character Frank Flannigan.Flannigan is a newspaper columnist who has a habit of barging in on murder investigations looking for a hot scoop, much to Inspector Queen's annoyance.
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