At a New Year's Eve party where Guy Lombardo (as himself, albeit about 30 years older than he would have been at the time), Inspector Queen finds blood on a drawing-room floor outside a phone booth, and a knife wedged in the phone booth's door. When Inspector Queen pulls the knife out and opens the door, a body tumbles out. Inspector Queen then finds the phone itself dangling, picks it up and hears a bewildered stranger on the other end. The dead man, a wealthy industrialist, had telephoned the stranger but couldn't talk because the knife had severed his vocal cords. The industrialist had been unable to crawl out of the booth because the knife jammed it shut. There are a plethora of suspects whom the industrialist had insulted just before his death.
Did You Know?
In the original draft of the script, the killer's name contained seven digits because Ellery deduced that the victim dialed his killer's name on the phone. But this was changed when script researchers realized that in 1947, only *six* digits were required for dialing a phone number and consequently not only was the killer's last name changed to accommodate so were the last names of two other characters exonerated. See more
The girl photographer is using blue flashbulbs which weren't manufactured until the 1950s. See more
Lady Daisy Frawley
We ought to sue you for false arrest!
Inspector Richard Queen
No one is arrested.