Ellery Queen

Season 1 Episode 2

The Adventure Of Auld Lang Syne

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 11, 1975 on NBC
8.2
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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

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  • When a millionaire is murdered at a New Year's Eve soiree, Ellery is absent - but he manages to solve the crime almost as soon as he arrives.

    8.5
    This was an entertaining opening episode for a series that deserved to have had a rather longer run. The period details are nicely arranged (although having Guy Lombardo play himself as he had been a full thirty years earlier is a bit cheeky) and the manner in which Ellery Queen solves the murder almost as soon as he arrives at the scene of the crime is unexpected and funny - the solution turns out to depend on a detail about the New York telephone system which was no longer accurate when the show was first aired in the 1970s. One question, though - why was the well-known character actor Thayer David uncredited in the brief but important role of the murder victim?moreless
Ray Walston

Ray Walston

Howard Pratt

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Joan Collins

Joan Collins

Lady Daisy Frawley

Guest Star

Thayer David

Thayer David

Marcus Halliday

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Arch Johnson

Arch Johnson

Deputy Commissioner Hayes

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