Ellery Queen

Season 1 Episode 12

The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 18, 1975 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Oddly, the well-known character actor Robert Cornthwaite is uncredited in the brief but important role of the mysterious Mr. Osterwald.

  • Quotes

    • Inspector: It's just tea. Look. (Takes a sip) Needs more gin.

    • Inspector: This soup comes from the corner delicatessen, complete with a guarantee to cure the common cold. Ellery, soup. Spoon. Eat.

    • Ellery: Well, Gesundheit. Forget that restaurant, I'm taking you home.
      Inspector: Now, now, it's nothing.
      Ellery: We're gonna nip this thing in the bud. I've got the most fantastic cure-all. Hot lemonade and sassafras, mixed in with the extract of a pound of calves' liver.
      Inspector: I can't stand liver.
      Ellery: --And after a rubdown with menthol and oil of peppermint, you take a bath in scalding chicken soup--hold the noodles....

    • Ellery: Dad, I've had your home remedies before and I'd really rather have the cold.

    • Manning: Do I detect a note of envy?
      McVey: A little. If they had counted sales I would have won that award quite easily.

    • Magda: Edgar, if there's anything worse than a sore loser it's a sore winner.
      Manning: Magda, my love, God has been generous to you. Don't ruin it by trying to be clever.

    • Magda: Why do publishers put a price tag on art?
      Manning: Since when have you been bothered by a price tag?

    • McVey: You're outta line, pal.
      Manning: Must you talk the way you write?

    • Inspector Queen: What in the world are you doing, McVey?
      McVey: I'm doing your job, Inspector. Somebody has to.

    • Tisdale (to Inspector Queen): I can't understand why you're taking the word of a vindictive woman.

    • Ellery: Nick, I wasn't trying to steal your girl.
      McVey: I knew that when you brought her here.

    • McVey (to Ellery): Maybe you'd like to have your nose re-arranged.

    • Ellery: I'll be Edgar Manning. Velie, would you be the killer?
      Velie: If you say so, Maestro.

  • Notes

    • In this episode we learn that Ellery dislikes lemonade.

    • Richard Jaeckel's best known role is that of Sgt. Clyde Bowren in the classic war drama The Dirty Dozen.

    • This was the final episode to be shown in the show's original Thursday night timeslot. Beginning on January 4, 1976, the show moved to Sunday nights.

  • Allusions