Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
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The Adventure of the Sunday Punch 

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During a practice bout, a lucky shot knocks champion boxer Kid Hogan unconscious. He revives enough to sip some water from his manager's "swill bottle," then falls comatose and is soon ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Hutton ... Ellery Queen
David Wayne ... Inspector Richard Queen
Robert Alda ... Frank Anthony
Dane Clark ... Sam Hatter
Janet MacLachlan ... Corrine Ogden
Lloyd Nolan ... Doctor Sanford
Ken Swofford ... Frank Flannigan
Otis Young ... Joseph Adams Simpson
Tom Reese ... Sgt. Thomas Velie
Terrence O'Connor Terrence O'Connor ... Melinda Sanford
Jerry Quarry Jerry Quarry ... Brad 'Kid' Hogan
Art Aragon Art Aragon ... Eddie
Richard Bakalyan ... Knucks O'Neill (as Dick Bakalyan)
Maggie Nelson Maggie Nelson ... Vera
Pervis Atkins ... Rocky


During a practice bout, a lucky shot knocks champion boxer Kid Hogan unconscious. He revives enough to sip some water from his manager's "swill bottle," then falls comatose and is soon pronounced dead. An autopsy reveals he was poisoned, and the "swill bottle" was loaded with poison. The manager is strongly implicated, but so is the opponent Joe Simpson. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Family | Mystery







Release Date:

11 January 1976 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kid Hogan's weight is never given, but given his size, he is either a heavyweight or a light heavyweight. If so, the "Champ" he's supposed to fight would be either Joe Louis (heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949) or Gus Lesnevich (light heavyweight champion from 1941 to 1948). See more »


Inspector Richard Queen: [leaving to investigate the death of a professional boxer, while Ellery, working on his latest book, is only half paying attention to him] You sure you won't come along, son?
Ellery Queen: Huh? Oh, no, thanks, Dad.
Inspector Richard Queen: Might be interesting from a research point of view. Prizefighter gets killed while training for championship bout?
Ellery Queen: Some other time.
Inspector Richard Queen: Well, if it ever happens again, I'll be sure to let you know.
Ellery Queen: Thanks, Dad.
Inspector Richard Queen: You know, when you're working on a book, you're great company. Of course, if I want ...
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Frank Flannigan back for a third time
15 October 2009 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Ken Swofford returns as Gazette columnist Frank Flannigan, this time present at the local gym, where heavyweight contender Brad "Kid" Hogan (played by former real-life boxer Jerry Quarry) is seemingly knocked out and later dies after a spirited fight with his sparring partner Joe Adams (Otis E. Young). 'Sparring Partner Hits and Runs!' scream the headlines, until the coroner's report reveals that poison was the cause of death. Suspicion shifts from Adams to Hogan's manager (Dane Clark), who was photographed at ringside holding the poison-filled water bottle. Other persons of interest are local gangster Frank Anthony (Robert Alda), who was betting on the 'Kid' to take a dive in his upcoming championship bout, also Hogan's fiancée (Terrence O'Connor), who spent two weeks out of town due to an injury inflicted by him, angering the girl's father (Lloyd Nolan), resident physician at the gym. Among the pugilists are former lightweight boxer Art Aragon, plus Pervis Atkins, former pro football player with the Rams, Redskins, and Raiders. Special mention goes to ubiquitous TV veteran Dick Bakalyan, as Anthony's right-hand man, and Maggie Nelson, making another token appearance as Flannigan's faithful secretary Vera, who can be seen giving her boss a massage.

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