Ellery Queen

The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 12/18/75
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  • Episode Description
  • An awards dinner sponsored by the Crime Writers of America ends with writer Edgar Manning being presented with the coveted Blunt Instrument Award. Ellery is not present at the dinner due to the fact that he's home sick with a head cold. Later, while celebrating with a party held at his apartment, nasty, egotistical Manning calls up Ellery on the telephone in order to gloat about his win and is murdered while speaking with our hero on the phone.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Wayne

    Inspector Richard Queen

  • Tom Reese

    Sergeant Velie

  • Jim Hutton

    Ellery Queen

  • John Dehner

    George Tisdale

  • Eva Gabor

    Magda Szomony

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Who bumped off the unpopular winner of the Blunt Instrument Award - and why?

    By orswel, Jun 22, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Inspector: It's just tea. Look. (Takes a sip) Needs more gin.

    • Inspector: This soup comes from the corner delicatessen, complete with a guarantee to cure the common cold. Ellery, soup. Spoon. Eat.

    • Ellery: Well, Gesundheit. Forget that restaurant, I'm taking you home. Inspector: Now, now, it's nothing. Ellery: We're gonna nip this thing in the bud. I've got the most fantastic cure-all. Hot lemonade and sassafras, mixed in with the extract of a pound of calves' liver. Inspector: I can't stand liver. Ellery: --And after a rubdown with menthol and oil of peppermint, you take a bath in scalding chicken soup--hold the noodles....

    • Ellery: Dad, I've had your home remedies before and I'd really rather have the cold.

    • Manning: Do I detect a note of envy? McVey: A little. If they had counted sales I would have won that award quite easily.

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    Notes (3)

    • In this episode we learn that Ellery dislikes lemonade.

    • Richard Jaeckel's best known role is that of Sgt. Clyde Bowren in the classic war drama The Dirty Dozen.

    • This was the final episode to be shown in the show's original Thursday night timeslot. Beginning on January 4, 1976, the show moved to Sunday nights.

    Trivia (1)

    • Oddly, the well-known character actor Robert Cornthwaite is uncredited in the brief but important role of the mysterious Mr. Osterwald.

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