Ellery Queen

Season 1 Episode 3

The Adventure of the Lover's Leap

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 18, 1975 on NBC
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Episode Summary

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

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  • Murder or suicide? \'Seventies styling in the fearful \'Forties.

    Having not seen an episode of this series since the original broadcasts some three decades ago, I was curious to see how well it stood up (Confession: I have seen both the 1971 pilot and the pilot to this series in the last year or so). It’s not Columbo, but it’s not as bad as it could be.

    A wealthy woman is reading an Ellery Queen book… and the sounds described in it happen to her in real life - but no-one else in the house can hear them. In fright, she rings and asks her stepdaughter to come over. We see the stepdaughter arrive in her car… and the woman’s body in the drive, after she has leaped from the balcony. Did she jump or was she pushed? Murder or suicide? And if the former - who is the murderer?

    Enter our hero, his father , the police Inspector, and Queen’s radio rival Simon Brimmer. Clues are discovered and suspects interviewed (the doctor on a golf course). Finally, Brimmer drags the suspects together for the Grand Revelation and worries me by accusing the man on whom I had my eye, with the same reasoning. Sadly for both Brimmer and my good self, but predictably enough, Ellery drags out a clue from earlier in the episode and twists the solution to the mystery.

    Overall, a good episode of a series I wish had run for longer.

    But it’s a shame that the period detail - it’s set in the nineteen-forties - didn’t extend as far as the show’s hairdressing department…

Anne Francis

Anne Francis

Nurse Evelyn Chandler

Guest Star

Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly

J. T. Latimer

Guest Star

Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino

Stephanie Kendrick

Guest Star

John Hillerman

John Hillerman

Simon Brimmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Brimmer: ...A new technique in hypnotic therapy, and what we are dealing with here is a new technique in murder. Murder by remote control. Committed by someone who was not even present when she met her death.
      Ellery: Then, who moved the body off the driveway?
      Brimmer: Ah, would you talk into the mike, please?
      Ellery: (Moves to microphone) Who moved the body off the driveway?
      Brimmer: The gentleman who asked that is Ellery Queen, the famous author. (Pauses and covers his microphone) Take that out later. (Uncovers microphone) The gentleman who asked that is Ellery Queen, a fairly well-known writer of mystery stories.

    • Ellery: I thought these matches were fixed.
      Inspector Queen: Aw, they're just setting up things for a re-match.

    • Inspector Queen: What makes you think it wasn't suicide?
      Ellery: I didn't say it wasn't.

    • Inspector Queen: Velie, show the gentleman out.
      Brimmer: I have some interesting information for you, Inspector.
      Inspector Queen: Hold it, Velie.

    • Inspector Queen (about Kendrick): There's one man who isn't very upset about his wife's suicide.
      Ellery: If it was suicide.

    • Brimmer: The lawyer who probates this estate will receive an enormous fee. Think about that, Queen.

    • Latimer: Miss Chandler and I are old friends.
      Ellery: I gathered that.

    • Ellery: Dad, you have the most wonderful habit of asking leading questions.
      Inspector Queen: And you have the most wonderful habit of not answering them.

    • Cathy (about Inspector Queen): How do you put up with him?
      Ellery: Practice.

    • Inspector Queen: Supposition, supposition. I want facts.

    • Ellery: You're having Simon Brimmer tailed?
      Inspector Queen: Why not? He's doing better than we are.

    • Dr. Marsh: All my patients are in critical condition.

    • Brimmer: You're about to hear a confession from the murderer. A new first in radio history.

    • Technician: All the mikes functioned perfectly, sir. We got everything.
      Brimmer: Break the record.

    • Brimmer: Nice of you to caddy for us, Queen.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Guest stars Jack Kelly and Anne Francis had previously co-starred in the classic 1956 sci-fi drama Forbidden Planet.

    • Nurse Chandler is listening to Abbott and Costello on the radio at the beginning of the episode.

    • The title of Ellery Queen's book mentioned in this episode is The Adventure of the Lovers' Leap but there is no such title in real life.

    • The last names of the characters played by Anne Francis and Don Ameche in this episode are taken from famed mystery writers Raymond Chandler and Ngaio Marsh.

    • Honey West (Anne Francis), Peter Gunn (Craig Stevens), and Bart Maverick (Jack Kelly) all appear in this one along with Susan Stasberg and Ida Lupino. Ms. Strasberg was the daughter of famed acting coach Lee Strasberg while Ms. Lupino had been married at one time to Howard Duff who would later appear in The Adventure of the Black Falcon.