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  • The Adventure of the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley

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    S 1 : Ep 20 - 3/7/76

    The radio payola scandals of the 1940s and 50s are recalled when popular songwriter Alvin Winer is murdered during the musical interlude on a radio show when he goes to the station's record library to find a record. Ellery once again must clear a friend who had just accused Winer of stealing his song.moreless
  • The Adventure of the Two-Faced Woman

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    S 1 : Ep 19 - 2/29/76

    Simon Brimmer once again fingers the wrong culprit in this tale about the murder of a socialite who was apparently leading a double life. The case has its underpinnings in events that happened in 1922 France.moreless
  • The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario

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    S 1 : Ep 18 - 2/8/76

    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.moreless
  • The Adventure of the Judas Tree

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    S 1 : Ep 17 - 2/1/76

    The Queens investigate when a wealthy industrialist and war profiteer is stabbed to death with a Chinese ceremonial dagger and then dragged out of his house and hung from a tree with a crown of buds from a Judas tree placed on his head. The case takes an unexpected turn when Ellery discovers that the victim was dying of acute lymphoma.

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  • The Adventure of the Wary Witness

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    S 1 : Ep 16 - 1/25/76

    Ellery's old college chum, Linville Hagen, is accused of murdering mobster Nick Danello and Ellery must find a missing witness who can prove his innocence. This missing witness was a woman wearing a green dress: a description that could fit any woman in New York.moreless
  • The Adventure of the Eccentric Engineer

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    S 1 : Ep 15 - 1/18/76

    Lamont Franklin, a once brilliant but now seemingly senile inventor who is murdered in his electric train workshop. It appears as though no one could have entered or left the workshop during the time in which the murder must have taken place.moreless
  • The Adventure of the Sunday Punch

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    S 1 : Ep 14 - 1/11/76

    A boxer is killed while training for a championship bout and the finger points towards his sparring partner, Joe Adams. Joe's girlfriend, Corrinne Ogden, seeks out Ellery for help in clearing her boyfriend's name. Ellery accepts the challenge of proving Joe's innocence but it seems that the dead boxer had nearly as many enemies as Bugs Moran. Making things even more complicated is the fact that Frank Flannigan is also on the scene trying to beat Ellery to the solution.moreless
  • The Adventure of the Black Falcon

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    S 1 : Ep 13 - 1/4/76

    Simon Brimmer is the guest for a live-remote radio program broadcast from a popular nightclub. Ellery and the Inspector are invited to attend. As you would figure, a murder is committed on the premises. One of the owners is poisoned by a bottle of wine. Can Simon beat Ellery to the solution of the case?moreless
  • The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 12/18/75

    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
  • The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse

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    S 1 : Ep 11 - 12/11/75

    Norris Wentworth buys and brings an Egyptian sarcophagus to display at the world famous Tremane Museum. Wouldn't you know it, there's curse on the darn thing. The six previous owners have all kicked the bucket under mysterious circumstances. Needless to say, Wentworth becomes victim number seven but is he really the victim of a mummy's curse or is there some other motive?moreless
  • The Adventure of Veronica's Veils

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 11/13/75

    Burlesque producer Sam Packer is found dead of an apparent heart attack but he leaves behind a video to be shown at his funeral in which he states that no matter what it looks like, he will be murdered. Packer, in the video, asks radio mystery star Simon Brimmer to solve his murder. Packer's widow, knowing that Simon can't figure out his butt from third base, goes to Ellery and asks for his help.moreless
  • The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 10/30/75

    Ellery and his agent, Howard Biggers, travel to the estate of the wealthy and eccentric Spencer Lockridge. It seems as though Biggers wants to turn one of Ellery's books into a play and is trying to get Lockridge to provide the financial backing. All goes for naught when Lockridge disappears while wearing a Mad Hatter's costume from the Alice in Wonderland theme party he was throwing.moreless
  • The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 10/23/75

    A WW II spy, Colonel Alec Nivin, is on a book tour in New York promoting his memoirs, in which he accuses a variety of people of war crimes and treasonous acts. Ellery's girlfriend and Nivin's publicist, Jenny O'Brien, finds the erstwhile spy dead in his office, been stabbed with an antique dagger, and is suspected of murdering him.

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  • The Adventure of Miss Aggie's Farewell Performance

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 10/19/75

    Radio star Vera Bethune is poisoned during a live broadcast of her radio show. She survives and asks Ellery from her hospital bed to look into things. Unfortunately for both Vera and Ellery, she is shot to death while in the hospital. Ellery and the Inspector are both guilt-stricken over failing to protect Ms. Bethune and are determined to find her killer from among the usual numerous suspects. But radio mystery star Simon Brimmer is determined to beat both Queens to the solution in order to retain a sponsor to his radio program.moreless
  • The Adventure of the 12th Floor Express

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 10/9/75

    News mogul Henry Manners is murdered in an express elevator to the 12th floor of his building with nobody inside the elevator except the victim. The suspects include Manners' sister who had previously run the paper while her brother was absent in WW II, the right-wing columnist who was always getting the paper into legal hot water, the Editor being forced into retirement, and the paper's lawyer.moreless
  • The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 10/2/75

    Ellery himself is a leading suspect in the murder of a comic book publisher with whom he'd clashed over how he was portrayed in the publisher's comics. It seems as though the man left a dying clue which apparently points to him. Ellery is forced to investigate in order to clear his name, while dealing with reporter Frank Flannigan.moreless
  • The Adventure of the Chinese Dog

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 9/25/75

    On a fishing trip to the town of Wrightsville, Ellery and Inspector Queen are dragged into the case of the murder of a wealthy man who was whacked over the head with an ornamental dog figurine meant as a wedding gift for his daughter and worth nearly half a million dollars. It seems as though two rival candidates for sheriff want the Inspector to solve the town's first murder in decades so that they can grab the credit.moreless
  • The Adventure of the Lover's Leap

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 9/18/75

    A wealthy heiress dies. She jumped off the balcony of her elegant home (or did she?). Was it suicide... or was it murder? The twist: she was reading one of Ellery's own murder mysteries at the time and she died exactly the same way as the victim in the book.moreless
  • The Adventure Of Auld Lang Syne

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 9/11/75

    The time: 10:00 pm, New Year's Eve, 1946. The place: The ballroom of the Hotel Astor. The victim: Mr. Marcus Halliday. And the suspects: the son (and his gold-digging girlfriend), the untrusted nephew, the long-time secretary (and her brand new fiance), and the new business partner stealing from the company behind the victim's back. The soon-to-be victim has just announced that he plans to disinherit all of the above before the night is out - only to be found minutes later, slumped over in a nearby phone booth.moreless
  • Too Many Suspects

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 3/23/75

    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
  • The Youth Killer

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    S 1 : Ep 19 - 3/14/75

    Young swinging patrons of an exclusive dating service are turning up, dead of old age. The police don't believe they are the same persons, but Kolchak investigates and discovers that the head of the dating service is actually Helen of Troy, who sacrifices perfect young victims to Hecate, her patron goddess, in return for eternal youth and beauty. The fact that Helen is unaware one of the victims had a glass eye and lied about it on their form proves vital to Kolchak when he accidentally dons one of the rings that lets Helen sacrifice her victims in the appropriate manner.

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  • Just by Accident

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    S 1 : Ep 22 - 2/28/75

    As a favour for his friend Louise Hartman, Jim investigates the death of her son Billy Joe; a stock car driver who died in a car accident. Following a lead from his car magazine subscription Jim goes to Billy Joe’s current address meets Jeannie Szymczyk, who denies knowing Billy Joe. Jim meets with insurance broker Julian Krubm who informs Jim that Louise was awarded the life insurance money, but a second person was named; Jeannie Szymczyk. Jim goes back and learns that Jeannie and Billy Joe were lovers. Jim follows up Billy Joe’s bank details learning about a secret safety deposit box. Opening it Jim and Louise find 4 drivers licences all with Billy Joe’s picture but different names along with an envelope with ‘Springfield –York’ upon it. Jim meets Matt Springfield, who has Duane Bailey put Jim in an accident in the Firebird from which he only just escapes with his life. After leaving hospital Jim goes to the Hall of Records and looks up the death certificates of the 4 licence names and Jeannie Szymczyk – all of them died within a year of birth and are all used as fake identification because birth and death certificates are not linked in any way. Jim is called to meet Springfield at the racetrack, along with Bailey where an impromptu demolition derby takes place…moreless
  • Legacy of Terror

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    S 1 : Ep 17 - 2/14/75

    Physically fit specimens (an Air Force pilot, a football player, a Green Beret) are all being targeted for a grisly death: their hearts are being cut from their chests with a dull blade while they're still alive, on higher and higher flights of steps. Kolchak investigates and spots a strange feathered man near the scene of one of the murders. He finds out that an ancient Aztec cult is trying to resurrect their ancient god, Nanautzin, the Lord of the Smoking Mirror.

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  • Demon in Lace

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    S 1 : Ep 16 - 2/7/75

    On a college campus, young men are dying of heart attacks. When Kolchak investigates, he finds that the men were associated with Professor C. Evan Spate, who is researching an ancient Middle East tablet, and that a series of similar deaths plagued the expedition that recovered the tablet. In fact, similar deaths have occurred in connection with this tablet for centuries. Kolchak must uncover the secret of the tablet to stop the murders, but doing so might just make him the next victim.

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  • Chopper

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    S 1 : Ep 15 - 1/31/75

    The strange disappearance of an antique motorcycle is the first sign of trouble. A rash of murders follow where each victim is decapitated with superhuman force by what witnesses describe as a headless motorcyclist. Kolchak discovers the connection between the victims and their killer, but the skeptical police won't listen to his theory. Kolchak must find a way to stop the killings, and discovers that disturbing the dead is not always wise...

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  • The Trevi Collection

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    S 1 : Ep 14 - 1/24/75

    A fashion industry spy falls to his death as Carl watches. This is the first in a series of strange deaths that seem to have a supernatural origin. Apparently Madame Trevi, a fashion designer, is using witchcraft to stop those who oppose her. Carl seeks the aid of a witches' coven and follows their advice. But that may be exactly the wrong thing to do, leaving Carl to confront an angry witch with a few trinkets and his wits...

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  • Primal Scream

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    S 1 : Ep 13 - 1/17/75

    In a oil company's laboratory, the air conditioning fails, and a primate creature attacks a scientist. Soon other murders occur. Kolchak must fight the oil company's powerful friends to find out where these creatures came from and how to stop them.

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  • Mr. R.I.N.G.

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 1/10/75

    Kolchak writes an obituary for a deceased scientist, but soon becomes involved in further investigation when no one can give him a straight answer on how the scientist died. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure goes on a rampage throughout Chicago, stealing morticians' wax and Halloween masks. Kolchak eventually finds out that the scientist was working on Project R.I.N.G.: the development of an artificially intelligent robot. R.I.N.G. killed his creator rather than be shut down, and now the government is hunting it. Kolchak must find where the robot is hiding and reveal the story before the government catch up to R.I.N.G.

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  • Aura Lee, Farewell

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    S 1 : Ep 15 - 1/3/75

    Evan Murdock gives a ride to hitch-hiker Aura Lee Benton. They stay in the Seacrest Motel at Santa Barbara on their way to Los Angeles, but during the journey the Murdock knocks down and a stray walker with his car. Evan Murdock is an important state senator, so drops Aura Lee’s off at a Oscars Restaurant. Weeks later Sara Butler pays Jim in full for her previous case so she can hire him to investigate the death of her store assistant Aura Lee Benton. Jim questions Trask, from her apartment building, who gives him the licence number of Dirk Schaffer. “Lieutenant Rockford” questions Schaffer, but gets no answers. Schaffer then meets Jim at his trailer and explains is minimal involvement. In amongst some paper clippings Jim finds the story of Murdock’s road accident. They go to Oscar’s restaurant, but all Oscar can tell them is that Aura Lee left with a man he identifies by his order – “Lobster Bisk”. Jim attempts to locate the motel record card from the Seacrest Motel in order to prove Murdock was with Aura Lee, but finds it has gone, Jim confronts Senator Murdock, claiming to have the record card, but Murdock apparently commits suicide. Jim breaks into Schaffer’s apartment to finds a photograph of him, but also finds the record card. They go back to Oscar’s and Oscar identifies Schaffer from the photograph as “Lobster Bisk”. Jim works out that Schaffer must have figured out about the road accident involving Murdock and tried to have Aura Lee blackmail him, but killed her when she refused. On their way to the police Schaffer ties to Jim and Sara from a motorcycle so they are forced to run down a cliff to a small area of beach…moreless
  • Profit and Loss (2)

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    S 1 : Ep 14 - 12/27/74

    PART 2 - LOSS While breaking into Bovino’s Print Shop, Jim triggers an alarm and quickly grabs some files and Doris drives the Firebird to evade the Police. Jim has not found any evidence, but works out that Bovino was printing forged stock certificates. Jim visits another securities analyst – Norm Mitchell, who also feels that Fiscal Dynamics is crooked, but is unwilling to help. Jim is followed home, kidnapped, attacked and warned by Kurt - a messenger for Leon Fielder - to stop investigating FDI. With Rocky’s help Jim follows Kurt but losses him at the airport, so follows Fielder from his home to FDI, where Fielder emerges with a briefcase – possibly full of damming evidence, and a chase ensues, ending in a shootout and the discovery of evidence that FDI is fraudulent and responsible for many murders. At the same time, Jim and Rocky solve the mystery of Jim’s broken garbage disposal, due to a missing bullet from Jim’s 38’ revolver…moreless
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