Ellery Queen

The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario

Season 1, Ep 18, Aired 2/8/76
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  • Episode Description
  • Ellery and the Inspector travel to Hollywood in order to watch the filming of an adaptation of one of Ellery's novels into a movie. At the studio, they meet the actors who will be portraying them. Gilbert Mallory, the egotistical no-talent actor slated to play Ellery, is found murdered.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Wayne

    Inspector Richard Queen

  • Jim Hutton

    Ellery Queen

  • Paul Carr

    Lt. Braden

  • Carole Cook

    Gossip Columnist

  • Don DeFore

    Dave Pierce

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Inspector Queen (about the set): At least they got the furniture right. Ellery: Yeah, that's about it.

    • Inspector Queen: Keep your eyes open, son. This is the real Hollywood.

    • Pierce (to the Queens): If you're looking for glamor I'm afraid you picked the wrong studio. This one operates on a very thin shoestring.

    • Inspector Queen (about Briggs): They must have had their eyes closed when they cast him. Chester Morris would have been perfect.

    • Ellery: Something wrong? Pierce: I guess you've never heard of the battling Mallorys. They make Punch and Judy look like Hansel and Gretel.

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    Notes (6)

    • The flamboyant headgear sported by Carole Cook's gossip-columnist character, coupled with her acid tongue, strongly suggests the real-life Hedda Hopper, whilst the studio operating on "a very thin shoestring" might well be one of the several "Poverty Row" outfits still churning out minor films in Hollywood in the late 40s, such as Monogram or Eagle-Lion or PRC.

    • Troy Donahue, who plays the murder victim, had previously played a TV detective on both Surfside 6 and Hawaiian Eye.

    • James Sikking would later go onto star as Howard Hunter in the c NBC police drama Hill Street Blues.

    • This episode marked the second appearance on the show for Barbara Rush. She had previously appeared in The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne.

    • Tom Reese does not appear in this episode as Sgt. Velie because it is set in Hollywood.

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