Ellery Queen, the fictional detective/author created by Frederick Dannay and Manfred Lee in 1929 was developed as a television series in 1975 by Richard Levinson and William Link. They placed the birdlike bulldog from Headquarters, Inspector Richard Queen (David Wayne), and his writer son Ellery (Jim Hutton) in a 1940s milieu which made 22 episodes of perfect whodunit television. The series has grown in appreciation with audiences over the years, but NBC didn't realize what they had at the time.
Each episode featured an ensemble guest cast as suspects. Each guest star was given the opportunity to shine throughout the story.
Season 1, Episode 1
First aired September 11, 1975
Directed by David Greene
Story and screenplay by Peter S. Fischer
Ellery and his date are expected but Ellery is remarkably absent-minded when he is working on a novel.
Our suspects/guest stars listed alphabetically are: