Agents Meet Ellery Queen US (1942)
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 "Ellery
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.
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