Ellery Queen

Too Many Suspects

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 3/23/75
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  • Episode Description
  • Ellery must track down the killer of noted fashion designer Monica Gray, who pulled the plugs for her clock and her TV set out of the wall at exactly 10:25 PM as a cryptic dying message. The three main suspects are Monica's financier lover, his jealous wife and their hot-tempered son. Each is a suspect but the financier is acquitted at trial, the mother is charged then cleared and the son is suspected but never charged. But, are they really innocent? Ellery must sort things through.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kim Hunter

    Marion McKell

  • David Wayne

    Inspector Richard Queen

  • Ray Milland

    Carson McKell

  • Richard Belding

    Editorial Supervision

  • Earl Crain Jr.


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Ellery Queen gets called to investigate a murder with a well known fashion designer.

    By marvelfan89, Dec 22, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Brimmer: Something important? Ellery: I don't know. Anyway, Mr. Brimmer, thanks for your offer. I'm sorry it didn't work out. Brimmer: I hope you know you're making a mistake. Ellery: Oh, probably. I make a lot of them.

    • Inspector Queen: (to Ellery) Almost as far-fetched as one of your books. A dying clue, which makes absolutely no sense. Which means of course it's right up your alley.

    • Ellery: Tell me about her. Inspector Queen: Name's, uh, Monica Gray. One of the top fashion designers since the war. Your wife would probably be wearing her fall line. If you were married.

    • Inspector Queen: (as Ellery examines a television) You ever see one of those things before? Ellery: Eh? A few. Inspector Queen: Damn nuisance. Friend of mine has one. People keep dropping in. Ellery: Oh, I wouldn't worry about it. It's just a passing fad.

    • Ellery: You shouldn't be seen in public with me. Gail: Why not? Ellery: Because I'm incredibly stupid.

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    Notes (8)

    • The character "Tom McKell", played by Monte Markham, is not the only character to have a name changed from the original novel. "Carson McKell" (Ray Milland) was originally "Ashton McKell" and his wife "Marian" (Kim Hunter) was "Lutetia". The murder victim was originally called "Sheila Grey", not "Monica", whilst the family lawyer "Ben Waterson", played by Tim O'Connor, is a conflation of three different lawyers in the book, all with different names. Furthermore, in the book, Ellery Queen doesn'tsolve the murder - he names the wrong man, and his father solves the case.

    • Injoke: The killer in Brimmer's radio mystery is Dr. Flemming. Dr. Flemming was the killer in "Prescription: Murder", the first pilot movie for Columbo and written by Ellery Queen developers Richard Levinson and William Link.

    • The pilot premiered as a Mystery Movie special presentation.

    • Monte Markham is billed as Special Guest Star.

    • In the book this movie was based on, Dane (Tom) McKell did not confront Monica and demand that she stop seeing his father on the day of the murder. Quite some time previously, while trying to find a way to break them up, he himself ended up as Monica's lover, as well. Presumably this idea was considered too sordid for television programming.

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    Trivia (4)

    • In the re-enactment of the TV newscast the newsreader refers to television as "your window on the globe." However, this phrase was not heard on the original broadcast.

    • When Monica leaves her dying clue, the outlet she pulls the TV plug out of is three-holed, meaning that it's a grounded plug. Such outlets didn't become standard until 1962.

    • Ellery picks up Monica's framed photo when he examines the murder scene. However, when he puts it down it transforms into a photo of a different woman, wearing a pale blouse and seated on a visible chair.

    • When Simon Brimmer does his radio broadcast about Monica Gray's former lovers, Ellery becomes agitated. His father knew about the men, but did not mention them to Ellery, as none of them could have been guilty. Ellery starts searching for a piece of paper, and exclaims, "Why didn't I really read those files?" The only files we've seen were six months worth of local robberies, and Ellery did, in fact, read them and discover the connecting factor in them. Robbery files would have had no information about Monica's lovers.

    Allusions (1)

    • Penny: I'm doing my Sonja Henie and you're not even watching. Sonja Henie (1912-1969) was a Norwegian figure skater who won three Olympic gold medals in women's figure skating in 1928, 1932 and 1936. She also won 10 consecutive world championships from 1927 to 1936 and six consecutive European championships from 1931 to 1936.

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