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Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Mystery | 24 March 1941 (USA)
Jewlery smuggled into the United States from China.


James P. Hogan (as James Hogan)


Eric Taylor (screenplay), Frederic Dannay (as Ellery Queen) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Ralph Bellamy ... Ellery Queen
Margaret Lindsay ... Nikki Porter
Charley Grapewin ... Inspector Richard Queen
Anna May Wong ... Lois Ling
James Burke ... Police Sergeant Velie
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Count Brett (as Edward Ciannelli)
Frank Albertson ... Sanders
Ann Doran ... Sheila Cobb
Noel Madison ... Gordon Cobb
Charles Lane ... Doc Prouty
Russell Hicks ... Walsh
Tom Dugan ... McGrath
Mantan Moreland ... Roy
Theodore von Eltz ... Jim Ritter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Aubrey ... Expressman


Jewlery smuggled into the United States from China.

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Terror prowls a penthouse!...as Ellery Queen matches wits with Manhattan mobsters...or Oriental cunning! See more »


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Release Date:

24 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El secreto de un maniqui See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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References The Mandarin Mystery (1936) See more »

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Okay for kids who don't read old books.
31 August 2013 | by albrechtcmSee all my reviews

In his heyday, Ellery Queen made good reading and was justly popular. Hollywood, in its usual wisdom, made a mockery of poor Ellery. Although Ellery Queen appears as author of these screenplays, they were actually written by contract screen writers. We'll never know whose idea it was to turn Ellery into a comedian. All the Ellery films were on par with most of the stuff of the thirties and early forties, but that is not a compliment. Trite plots, corny situations and some absolutely terrible choices for the roles. The later Ellery, Ralph Bellamy, a wonderful actor, was badly miscast and looked awkward and was completely out of step with his character. Inspector Queen as well, and they made a clown out of Sergeant Velie à la Thin Man Series (much classier films). Only in the seventies with Jim Hutton, David Wayne and Tom Reese did Hollywood finally get it right. All three of these fine actors were perfectly cast for the parts they played, and displayed the intelligence one should expect. The highlight of this outing was the unexpected appearance of Mantan Moreland. A servile part, but he was always a pleasure to watch. Despite their shortcomings, I watch the old detective movies anyway when they come around, even if they are silly. It brings back the good old days, scrunched in a dark theater with a bag of popcorn in hand, all for 15 cents. For that I'll cut them some slack.

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