Ellery Queen, Master Detective


Genres: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery
The mysteriously ill John Braun makes a new will, leaving out his daughter Barbara, over the protests of his wife. The trouble began when the daughter wanted to marry Mr. Braun's doctor, James Rogers. Mrs. Braun asks Inspector Queen to help find the long-missing Barbara. The inspector's son, Ellery, works on the case. He goes to a home frequently visited by Dr. Rogers where the bell is answered by Nikki Porter who Ellery mistakes for Barbara and insists she return to the Braun home. Nikki does, to protect Barbara, and a short time later finds herself alone in a room outside Braun's bedroom. She finds him dead - his throat cut. No weapons are found and the door to the room where Nikki had been is locked, and she is suspected. Ellery hides Nikki in his apartment. Braun's body, sent for an autopsy, disappears and in its place is a life-sized statue of the dead man.
Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1940-11-30
Run time: 69 minute / 1:9
Director: Kurt Neumann
Writer: Eric Taylor
Production Companies : Columbia Pictures, Larry Darmour Productions
Production Country: United States of America


Ralph Bellamy
as Ellery Queen
Margaret Lindsay
as Nikki Porter
Charley Grapewin
as Insp. Queen
James Burke
as Sgt. Velle
Michael Whalen
as Dr. James Rogers
Marsha Hunt
as Barbara Braun
Fred Niblo
as John Braun
Charles Lane
as Dr. Prouty
Ann Shoemaker
as Lydia Braun
Marion Martin
as Cornelia
Douglas Fowley
as Rocky Taylor
Morgan Wallace
as Zachary
Byron Foulger
as Amos
Katherine DeMille
as Valerie Norris
Peter Bronte
as Doctor's Assistant (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham
as Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Alan Ladd
as Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Arthur Millett
as Elevator Guard (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor
as Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Lee Phelps
as Flynn (uncredited)
Jack Rice
as Rogers' Assistant (uncredited)
Eric Taylor Screenplay

Kurt Neumann Director

James S. Brown Jr. Director of Photography

Frederic Dannay Story
Manfred Lee Story

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