Tuesday, August 3, 2010

TV FLASHBACK : ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERIES .... THE ADVENTURES OF AULD LANG SYNE .. 1975

LADY FRAWLEY WITH GUY LOMBARDO
JOAN AS LADY DAISY FRAWLEY

JIM HUTTON & DAVID WAYNE

LADY FRAWLEY IS HAPPY THE NEW YEAR WENT OFF WITH A BANG!

THE CAST: INC.. FARLEY GRANGER .. BARBARA RUSH .. DAVID DOYLE AND OTHERS


NBC TELEVISION
Presents

ELLERY QUEEN
Starring..
JIM HUTTON as Ellery Queen
DAVID WAYNE as Inspector Richard Queen
TOM REESE as Sergeant Velie
JOHN HILLERMAN as Simon Brimmer

"The Adventures Of Auld Lang Syne"
Guest Starring....
JOAN COLLINS as Lady Daisy Frawley
DAVID DOYLE as Don Becker
HERB EDELMAN as Taxi Driver
FARLEY GRANGER as Paul Quincy
GUY LOMBARDO as Bandleader
KAREN MACHON as Kitty McBride
CHARLES KNOX ROBINSON as Lewis Halliday
BARBARA RUSH as Emma Zelman
RAY WALSTON as Howard Pratt
THAYER DAVID as Marcus Halliday
ARCH JOHNSON as The Commissioner
GEORGE WYNER as Joe Kemmelman
PEGGY REA as Madge Velie

New Years eve 1946 and a lavish party in in progress with Inspector Richard Queen among the guests, but before the bells chime at midnight, a wealthy man is found murdered in a phone booth after going to ring his lawyer. He had just left his dinner table, surrounded by a group of people he had just told he was cutting them out of his will! Inspector Queen finds the body and awaits the arrival of his son, super sleuth Ellery Queen. Before the dawn of a new year, the murderer will be revealed! So raise your glasses as we begin The Adventures Of Auld Lang Syne!!

UPCOMING DVD COVER
This 70's series is based on the popular crime series of mysteries featuring the popular character Ellery Queen, a Harvard graduate and a non fashionable in his sensible clothes and tweed jackets. Ellery shares his apartment with father an Inspector, in Manhattan. The character first appeared on screen in the 1935 film "The Spanish Cape Mystery" starring Broadway theatre actor Donald Cook, followed by nine more films with  Ralph Bellamy being the more memorable Ellery.. The character first hit TV screens in 1950 with the series "The Adventures of Ellery Queen" starring Richard Hart, who suddenly died of a heart attack four episodes into the series at the age of thirty five.  The role was then taken over by actor Lee Bowman, but failed to catch on with audiences and was canceled after one season.. Two more series appeared during the 50's, starring George Nader and Lee Phillips, but neither of these lasted very long..  It was 1971 before another TV production was filmed, a failed pilot starring Peter Lawford as Ellery, with Harry Morgan as his dad... Finally in 1974 a series emerged that would make a lasting impression, even though it only last one season. Jim Hutton starred as Ellery with David Wayne as his dad and each episode assembled a cast of movie and TV veterans including Eva Gabor, Ida Lupino, Eve Arden, Anne Francis, Ray Milland, Donald O'Connor and of course Joan who co-stars in this episode with Farley Granger, her co-star from her 50's Fox film .. "The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing"... Joan is as elegant as ever as the money grabbing Lady Frawley and she has a lot of fun with the role... An excellent cast is assembled for this episode and even though the series was short lived, it is destined to remain a favourite among mystery fans.. We can all relive those episodes again as on September 28th the series will be released in a box set from E1 Entertainment.. Lots of adventures to look forward to.... You can see a clip of Joan in this episode above!

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