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Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime (1941)

Passed | | Mystery | 14 August 1941 (USA)
Several days after one of his company's dams burst, ruining the life savings of several investors, a shady power company president is found stabbed to death. Ellery Queen gets to the bottom of the mystery.

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James P. Hogan (as James Hogan)

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Eric Taylor (screenplay), Frederic Dannay (as Ellery Queen) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Ralph Bellamy ... Ellery Queen
Margaret Lindsay ... Nikki Porter
Charley Grapewin ... Insp. Queen
Spring Byington ... Carlotta Emerson
H.B. Warner ... Ray Jardin
James Burke ... Sgt. Velie
Douglass Dumbrille ... John Matthews
John Beal ... Walter Matthews
Linda Hayes ... Marian Jardin
Sidney Blackmer ... Anthony Rhodes
Walter Kingsford ... Henry
Honorable Wu Honorable Wu ... Lee
Charles Lane ... Dr. Prouty
Charles Halton ... Rufus Smith
Arthur Q. Bryan Arthur Q. Bryan ... Book Salesman
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Several days after one of his company's dams burst, ruining the life savings of several investors, a shady power company president is found stabbed to death. Ellery Queen gets to the bottom of the mystery.

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Perferct suspense...perfect excitement...in Ellery Queen's most gripping story... See more »

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra da Morte See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Not a lost film, but presently locked up due to legal complications. See more »

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Follows Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941) See more »

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Monkey See, Monkey Die
21 June 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Ralph Bellamy as Ellery Queen is given some really snappy dialog with girl Friday Margaret Lindsay in Ellery Queen And The Perfect Crime. If the film had some MGM like production values this could have passed for a Thin Man film.

The deceased here is Douglass Dumbrille a rather ruthless businessman who sold some bad stock to a lot of investors and then sold short, making a pile while others went bankrupt. One of those H.B. Warner who is the father of Linda Hayes and who is engaged to Dumbrille's son John Beal.

The Queen family gets involved when Beal uses his friend Bellamy to help the Warner family out financially at an estate sale when the family goes bust. Of course Inspector Queen gets involved when Dumbrille is found dead.

Besides those already mentioned, in the cast also are Warner's sister Spring Byington and her shyster boyfriend lawyer Sidney Blackmer and her pet monkey. The monkey dies as well and that finally unravels the mystery.

This is a different Spring Byington than you are used to. She and Blackmer are all kinds of concerned about the disappearance of the family fortune and the downgraded lifestyle Spring will have to live.

As for the solution all I can say is that a certain truism that has grown up around mystery novels is actually followed here.

Bellamy and Lindsay turn in some nice performances as junior league Nick and Nora Charles and that's worth seeing.


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