Ellery Queen

Season 1 Episode 4

The Adventure of the Chinese Dog

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 1975 on NBC
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Episode Summary

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

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    David Wayne

    David Wayne

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    Tom Reese

    Tom Reese

    Sergeant Thomas Velie

    Jim Hutton

    Jim Hutton

    Ellery Queen

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • At the end of the episode, when the murderer confesses, Tilda is shown putting her left hand up to her face. The camera shifts to Ellery for a brief moment, then back to a long view of the study. Tilda suddenly is holding her right hand to her face.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Palmer: You can see we got one real important murder investigation. And I just feel it in my bones that Oscar Eberhart can't handle it. That's why I came to you. Be a real feather in my cap if I could get you to step in unofficial-like.
        Inspector Queen: Wrightsville's off my beat.
        Ellery: Yeah, my dad came up here for a well-earned rest.
        Palmer: What about you? This is a real fascinatin' murder, Mr. Queen.
        Ellery: In what way?
        Inspector Queen: Ellery....
        Palmer: Well, take the way he was killed.
        Ellery: How was he killed?
        Palmer: He was hit on the head--with a dog.
        Ellery: (chuckles and turns to his book, then pauses) A dog?
        Palmer: Chinese dog.

      • Ellery: Do you have any leads on the murderer?
        Eberhart: Well, I wouldn't exactly say that.
        Palmer: Oh, tell the truth, Oscar. You couldn't catch rainwater in a sponge.
        Eberhart: Well, just a doggone minute, Henry!
        Palmer: I wonder what votors are gonna say about you turning away professional advisors, that's what I wonder.
        Eberhart: Well, these fellows can stay. But you keep your professional advice till I need beans and baloney. Especially baloney.
        Palmer: (to Ellery) You see what you're up against. Good luck.

      • Inspector Queen: Eh? Oh.
        Palmer: Well. How's it going, Inspector? You catch him?
        Inspector Queen: Not after you scared him away.
        Palmer: The killer?
        Inspector Queen: The fish.

      • Palmer: Eh, it's just black coffee for me, Mamie.
        Mimi: What about you, hon, cream and sugar?
        Ellery: Hah?
        Mimi: You want some cream and sugar?
        Inspector Queen: It's no use; he can't make any major decisions until he's had his morning coffee.
        Mimi: Well, uh, how does he take it?
        Inspector Queen: Leftover, lukewarm, and lumpy.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Geraldine Brooks plays the character of Tilda MacDonald. John D. MacDonald was the author of a long and colorful series of mysteries starring his investigator Travis McGee.

      • This is the only episode set in the resort town of Wrightsville which was a frequent setting in the Ellery Queen novels.

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