Nathanael Booth discusses this particular episode at some length, contrasting it with the usual EQ approach. Excerpt:
"The Grand Old Lady" was a script for Ellery Queen that was never produced and only found itself onscreen over a decade later—and exactly a decade after Jim Hutton passed away. While watching it, I couldn't help wishing that the script had been produced for the original series run, since in many ways it's the best episode of the lot. I don't mean that in terms of the final reveal—which is half-hearted, at best—but in terms of complexity; nowhere else do we find a variation on the dying clue this sophisticated. And, beyond that, we're treated to not simply one, but two false solutions. It's a lovely piece of work. — MORE MAN THAN PHILOSOPHER (7th July 2011)Resources:
- MURDER, SHE WROTE (IMDb).
- ELLERY QUEEN (IMDb).
- "The Grand Old Lady" (IMDb).
Category: Detective fiction