Ellery Queen Mysteries | The nostalgic 1940s-set US drama series on DVD

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See if you can solve 22 mysteries from 1940s New York with Jim Hutton’s Ellery Queen in this digitally remastered classic NBC series from the creators of Columbo and Murder, She Wrote.

During the 1930s and 1940s, the detective-hero Ellery Queen was one of the best-known American fictional detectives who appeared in over 30 novels followed, plus a radio series and four TV shows, including this 1975 series starring Jim Hutton as the famed writer and David Wayne as his grumpy father turned sidekick, Inspector Richard Queen.


Set in 1947 in New York City, the one-season US series took the novel approach of breaking the fourth wall, in which Hutton’s Queen asked the audience to match wits with him in identifying the murderer by reviewing the clues of the case before he gathers the suspects together. But the real highlight were the guests stars, featuring a who’s who of veteran Hollywood talent, with many appearing as the murder victim, including Kim Hunter, Tom Bosley, Dr Joyce Brothers, Troy Donahue and Eve Arden. The suspects, meanwhile, included Joan Collins, Betty White, Ray Milland and that stalwart of US 1970s TV Roddy McDowall.

The Fabulous Films six-disc DVD collection contains all 22 episodes (uncut, unedited and remastered), plus the series pilot, Too Many Suspects, and an interview with veteran writer and producer William Link, who also co-created Columbo and Murder, She Wrote.