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Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (1941)

Approved | | Mystery | 18 November 1941 (USA)
The benefactor of the Stack Memorial Hospital dies after an operation. Ellery Queen investigates when it is revealed the cause of death was murder by strangulation.

Director:

James P. Hogan

Writers:

Frederic Dannay (as Ellery Queen), Manfred Lee (as Ellery Queen) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Ralph Bellamy ... Ellery Queen
Margaret Lindsay ... Nikki Porter
Charley Grapewin ... Insp. Queen
Mona Barrie ... Nurse Marian Tracy
Paul Hurst ... Page
James Burke ... Sgt. Velie
Leon Ames ... John Stack
George Zucco ... Dr. Edwin L. Jannery
Blanche Yurka ... Mrs. Augusta Stack
Charlotte Wynters ... Miss Fox
Tom Dugan ... Lou Thomas
Olin Howland ... Dr. Williams (as Olin Howlin)
Dennis Moore ... Dr. Dunn
Jean Fenwick ... Alice Stack
Pierre Watkin ... Crothers
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The benefactor of the Stack Memorial Hospital dies after an operation. Ellery Queen investigates when it is revealed the cause of death was murder by strangulation.

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Taglines:

RICH WALL ST. WIDOW IS STRANGELY SLAIN! PLAYBOY IS SUSPECT IN MOTHER'S MURDER! Cops Grill Doctors, Nurses In Two Mysterious Killings! (original print media ad, many caps, depicting newspaper headlines and sub-headlines) See more »

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gavilla de asesinos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A one-sheet poster for the film appears outside a movie theatre in Counter-Espionage (1942) See more »

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

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A Hospital full of suspects
4 July 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The fourth and final film of the Ellery Queen series that Ralph Bellamy starred in has the mystery writer checking into a hospital that grande society dame Blanche Yurka has endowed. Later on when Yurka is killed there are a lot of suspects at home and in the hospital. Her two children Leon Ames and Jean Fenwick who are about to be cut from her will for instance. Doctor in charge of the hospital George Zucco has a vested interest as does gangster Paul Hurst whom Ames is into for a lot of money. Not to mention all kinds of hospital staff and patients.

Two more deaths occur before Bellamy, girl Friday Margaret Lindsay and Inspector Queen played always by Charley Grapewin figure it all out.

There's more comedy in this Ellery Queen mystery than in any of the others I've seen, a lot of it involving Paul Hurst trying to break out of the hospital with the 'help' of his chief gunman Tom Dugan. Bellamy and Lindsay get a few laughs as well with her sneaking into the hospital disguised as a nurse.

Ellery Queen And The Murder Ring was a good farewell for Ralph Bellamy in the series.


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