Saturday, December 31, 2016

EQ and the New Year's Eve Murder

"The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne."
Episode 1 of the Ellery Queen TV series (22 episodes, 1975-76).
Writers: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson, William Link.
First broadcast: September 11, 1975.
"Really, Paul, if you must steal, you should show some imagination."
According to Wikipedia (HERE): "Soon after a wealthy industrialist threatens to disinherit family and staff at a New Year's Eve party, he is found murdered in a nearby phone booth by fellow guest Inspector Queen, who calls on son Ellery to help unmask the killer. Oddly the pilot is set well into 1947 but this episode is set on 12/31/1946."
It's available (for the moment) on Daily Motion (HERE). Running time: 49 minutes 46 seconds.
Sergeant Velie receives instructions from Ellery's dad:
Velie: What do you want me to do?
Inspector Queen: Four things.
Velie: Right.
Inspector Queen: Get every available unit to this hotel. I don't care that it is New Year's Eve. We've got a lot of brass here, we've gotta catch this guy.
Velie: Right.
Inspector Queen: Two: Pick up a guy named Joseph Kemmelman, 346 West 77th Street. Bring him here immediately. I'll explain later.
Velie: Right.
Inspector Queen: And third: Get Ellery down here. I don't care where he is, what he's doing, get him here!
Velie: Check. Four?
Inspector Queen: Take off that silly hat.

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