Agents Meet Ellery Queen US (1942)
aka he Lido Mystery
UK (1942 )
Screenplay: Eric Taylor
EQ: William Gargan
Inspector Queen: Charley Grapewin
Nikki Porter: Margaret Lindsay
Sgt. Velie: James Burke
Mrs. Van Dom: Gale Sondergaard
Paul Gilette: Gilbert Roland
Heinrich: Sig Rumann
Commissioner Bracken: John Hamilton
Reece: Ludwig Donath
Morse: Ernst Doetsch
64 min, Color
Columbia's "Ellery Queen" series called it quits with this
timely 1942 entry The eponymous enemy agents are on the lookout for a cache of
precious diamonds, which are being smuggled from Holland to the United States by way of
Egypt. The gems are hidden in a mummy case, the better to throw the Nazis and the American
authorities off the track. When smuggler Paul Gilette is murdered upon arriving in the US
with the diamonds, Ellery Queen and his police-inspector father try to
solve the killing. The villains lead Ellery on a merry chase through a jewelry shop, art
gallery, athletic club and cemetery, with Ellery's secretary Nikki Porter ending up in the
Nazi's clutches at one juncture.
Boasting a formidable lineup of "heavies" (Gale
Sondergaard, Sig Ruman, et. al.), Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen is
easily the best of the undistinguished series.
This isn't even a mystery plot per se, at one time intended to be named
Queen Across the Atlantic they changed it to a title
which gives away most of the story!
guest cast is full of entertaining character actors who give delightfully hammy
performances and it's a fast 64 minutes.
The story required a collection of jewels, that are stolen, so James Hogan,
the director, got busy and rented them. Marlene Dietrich got a break- she
just borrowed the gems and wore them in The Lady is Willing.
In 1943 Gargan and Lindsey also made No
Place for a Lady again directed by Hogan. The theme in this movie is
again "Queenesque" but no Ellery appears. Instead Gargan takes on the role
of private eye Jess Arno and Lindsey is cast as his faithful fiancé June
Terry. In this story a valuable collection of tires is been stolen (vital
for the war effort!) by a rich widow. Shortly thereafter she's been murdered
and suspicion falls upon Dolly Adair (Phyllis Brooks), Arno has reasons to
disagree and sets out to find the real murderer.
Above: full set of eight lobby cards