Ellery Queen

Season 1 Episode 12

The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 18, 1975 on NBC
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  • Who bumped off the unpopular winner of the Blunt Instrument Award - and why?

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    Again, the nostalgia quotient is high in this 1947-set episode, with the "Blunt Instrument Awards" clearly representing the Edgar Allan Poe Awards and tough-guy new author Nick McVey bearing a close and none-too-flattering resemblance to real-life novelist Mickey Spillane. The first of Spillane's violent best-sellers (which swiftly became a 1940s publishing phenomenon) was published in, yes, 1947. The double-bill of B-movies attended by Dean Stockwell's character consists of two authentic titles of the immediate post-war period, films produced, like this show, by Universal. The plotting is very clever, and it's really nice to see Joanna Barnes, of "The Trials Of O'Brien", turning up as a suspect, whilst Eva Gabor seems to be parodying her own sister. This is an episode where the killer seems rather sympathetic.