Ellery Queen 1 Season 1975

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Season 1
(305) IMDb 7.7/10

8. The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs TV-NR

While on a book tour, WWII spy Colonel Alec Nivin is found dead in his hotel room.

Starring:
Jim Hutton, David Wayne
Runtime:
50 minutes
Original air date:
October 23, 1975

The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs

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Genres Drama, Mystery, Kids & Family
Director Seymour Robbie
Starring Jim Hutton, David Wayne
Supporting actors Rene Auberjonois, Lloyd Bochner, Gretchen Corbett, Robert Loggia, Pernell Roberts, Nina van Pallandt, Tom Reese, Peter Bromilow, Toian Matchinga, Jonathan Hole, Claude Earl Jones
Season year 1976
Network Entertainment One
Executive Producer Peter S. Fischer
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389 of 402 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on June 15, 2010
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The 1975 Cult-Classic TV whodunit Ellery Queen starring the brilliant Jim Hutton is finally being released on DVD in its entirety, thanks to E1 Entertainment.

The series was based on the popular classic Ellery Queen mystery books from the 1930's. The show lasted only one season on NBC, but has remained a fan favorite.

Set in the post-WWII 1947, the show closely followed the format of the Ellery Queen mystery novels, which carefully laid out the clues before the reader/audience and invited them to attempt to solve the mystery before Ellery Queen presented the solution.

The show premiered March 23, 1975 with a telepilot, "Too Many Suspects," which was adapted from the book, The Fourth Side of the Triangle. Beloved veteran character actor, David Wayne, portrayed Ellery's crusty but loveable father, Inspector Richard Queen throughout the series. Wayne perfectly delivered folksy dialog ostensibly from the 1940's like, "Why don't we cut all the banana oil?"

Hutton (the father of actor Timothy Hutton) played Ellery to perfection, blending absent-minded goofiness with genuine emotional depth and boyish charm. Together, he and Wayne had the perfect on-screen chemistry, creating an authentic charm that remains undiminished after all of these years.

In all, 22 fun one-hour episodes followed beginning on Sept. 11, 1975, the last show airing on April 4, 1976.

In the early Queen books, just prior to the presentation of the solution to the mystery, a "Challenge To The Reader" was issued during which the suspects and clues were reviewed and the reader challenged to guess the solution to the crime.

This tradition was preserved in the series, when Hutton as Ellery turns from the scene to the camera and speaks directly to viewers.
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122 of 130 people found the following review helpful By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 4, 2010
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The writing team of Manfred B. Lee and Frederic Dannay, were cousins who collaborated together, and under the pseudonym "Ellery Queen", produced mystery novels featuring a detective of the same name. Their first novel featuring Ellery Queen, was published in 1929, and the detective would be featured in books for the next forty years.

Running just one season, the television series Ellery Queen Mysteries (1975-76) was based on the fictional detective, and was produced by William Link and Richard Levinson, the same team responsible for Columbo, and later Murder She Wrote. The series was set in New York sometime after the end of World War II, and opened with a provocative introduction and Elmer Bernstein's catchy theme.

The casting was simply stellar, as Jim Hutton (The Green Berets) and David Wayne in the lead roles, had wonderful chemistry together. Hutton was marvelous as Ellery Queen, a writer of mystery novels, with some odd personality quirks. Ellery shared an apartment with his father Inspector Richard Queen (Wayne), the NYPD's chief of detectives. It was through this connection, that the younger Queen often became involved in bizarre and challenging cases, mostly involving the upper crust of society. The cast also included Queen's muscular right hand man, Sergeant Velie (Tom Reese). Ken Swofford was slick reporter Frank Flanagan. And a pre-Magnum P.I. John Hillerman was the uppity detective Simon Brimmer, host of the radio program The Casebook Of Simon Brimmer, who often attempted to match wits with Ellery.

Dannay's and Lee's intricate mysteries were typically set in the times they were written, and the character evolved through the decades.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate on September 28, 2010
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I received my copy of the Ellery Queen Mysteries yesterday and watched a couple of the episodes last night. There have been a number of very helpful reviews of the series already posted, but since all of them were prior to release, I'm just chiming in here to add the following:

Most importantly, the series was every bit as good when I viewed it last night as it was in my memory, where, believe me, it was pretty danged good. That's no mean feat! The acting, the pacing of the episodes (I watched Too Many Suspects and The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne) and the mysteries themselves were all uniformly excellent. It was a pleasure to get reacquainted with Jim Hutton, too, whose work I've always enjoyed and have missed.

The picture and sound are very good. I'm not a video/audio techy person, so I can't go into particulars and while I could see that the picture wasn't up to blu-ray standards, I was completely satisfied.

The case is nice and includes a Reference Guide with a synopsis of each of the episodes, some color stills and essays from Janet Hutchings (editor of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine) and Andrew Gulli (Managing Editor of The Strand Magazine).

IMHO, the producers of the DVDs have done this great series proud and I'm so glad they finally got around to it!

Very highly recommended.

One last note: If there are any fans of this series who have never gotten around to reading the Ellery Queen books (the ones starring Ellery), I highly recommend that you give them a try as well. They're intricate and superbly plotted as well as being very entertaining reads. On my shelf, they sit alongside Agatha Christie, which is about the highest praise I can give them. :)
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