5.7/10
55
3 user

A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen (1942)

Approved | | Mystery | 7 May 1942 (USA)
Detective Ellery Queen tries to find a missing man, and gets embroiled in a case of murder and embezzlement.

Director:

James P. Hogan

Writers:

Frederic Dannay (as Ellery Queen), Manfred Lee (as Ellery Queen) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
William Gargan ... Ellery Queen
Margaret Lindsay ... Nikki Porter
John Litel ... Norman Hadley
Charley Grapewin ... Insp. Queen
James Burke ... Sgt. Velie
Frank M. Thomas ... Capt. H.T. Daley (as Frank Thomas)
Lilian Bond ... Adele Belden
Morgan Conway ... Ray Stafford
Jack La Rue ... Tommy Gould (as Jack LaRue)
Noel Madison ... George Belden
Charlotte Wynters ... Mrs. Irene Evington Hadley
Edit

Storyline

Detective Ellery Queen tries to find a missing man, and gets embroiled in a case of murder and embezzlement.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Ellery Queen untangles a web of mystery!

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Desperate Chance See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Follows Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (1941) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hide-and-seek in San Francisco!
7 February 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

Once more Ellery takes on a seemingly harmless case for a charming lady: to find her husband, who was presumed dead until recently, in San Francisco. He takes Nikki as a decoy with him to take the wife's place, and very soon the husband turns up - but... so does Ellery's father, sent by the New York police after a big-scale bank robbery combined with murder; and the main suspect is none other than the husband Ellery just found... And so, since he believes the man is innocent, he hides him from his own father!

Now a kind of hide-and-seek game ensues, accompanied by more murders; and the key to the whole affair seems to be the famous-infamous entertainer Adele - Lillian Bond, the cute, funny girl we all loved 10 years before in "The Old Dark House", and who's grown into a reckless blonde femme fatale now...

Again, William Gargan's 'Ellery Queen' is pretty serious, just like the whole movie, which at times reminds us of the old 30s' gangster movies or an early Film Noir; one thing's for sure, though: it doesn't look at all like a mere part of a crime movie series, it's got something more to it, even if we know all the regular characters and they sometimes throw in a joke or two. This is certainly not an assembly-line series production, it's a crime film (almost a crime drama) in its own right.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed