Miss Aggie is the central character on an immensely popular radio soap opera. The actress playing her collapses in the recording studio, and it's revealed that the water jug she drank from was poisoned. The actress survives and seems to be recovering. Her producers try to stifle the police investigation into the crime, claiming the actress poisoned herself to garner the sympathy vote from fans -- her contract was expiring, and she was about to be written out of the show ("Pow! Double pneumonia and she's off the air for a month and when she comes back nobody will remember what she sounded like."), Unfortunately, the killer comes back -- this time with a gun -- and Miss Aggie's departure is indeed permanent. When a hospital attendant is arrested for robbing the body of the actress's prize bracelet, it's revealed that she had left a dying clue for Ellery.
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This episode was designed to bring a galaxy of radio performers of the 1940s and 1950s to the screen, playing approximations of their characters from past shows. See more
When the page boy comes in the studio and speaks to Anita Leslie, she asks where the others are and he indicates that they have almost a minute to arrive. The studio clock confirms that fact since it is just at 8:59 AM. As the scene progresses, the second hand on the clock is still correct as 25 seconds elapse, leaving roughly 30-35 seconds to broadcast time. But when the others arrive, with what would seem like 15 seconds or less to go, the clock is back at 8:59 AM. See more
Queen... Queen! He's not the fella who wrote all the whodunits?
Vera Bethune, Miss Aggie
The very same.
Oh, my dear - I thought you said he was an author!