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Silver Screen Series - Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime




On August 14, 1941, Columbia Pictures released the third Ellery Queen film starring Ralph Bellamy as Ellery Queen.



Source: novel The Devil to Pay
68 min, Black & White


Ralph Bellamy makes the third of four appearances as "master detective" Ellery Queen.  The principal villain is crooked stockbroker John Mathews, whose Wall Street manipulations render Ray Jarden penniless. Mathews' chicanery seems particularly cold-blooded, inasmuch as his daughter Marian is engaged to Jarden's son Walter. When the latter disappears, Mathews asks Ellery Queen to locate the young man. Shortly thereafter, one of the principal characters is murdered, forcing Ellery to get his deductive skills into high gear-no small task, since he's depicted in this film as a complete dunderhead.
This is probably the best of the Columbia Queens, since it played fairly straight with the storyline of the novel, even while totally changing its setting and characters.






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Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime