NBC, 11/19/1971 or 11/11/1971
Queen remained off the home screen for thirteen years. Universal Pictures prepared a 2 hour pilot for a new series. Originally announced as 'Catch me if you can' this easily forgettable murder mystery has famed detective taking over police-baffling Hydra case. Relationship between Lawford and Morgan starts out well but disappears as film progresses. The plot structure of "Cat of Many Tails" is present here, but all of the story's subtleties and insights are tossed away. The script was written by Richard Levinson and William Link (billed as "Ted Leighton" because they disapproved of changes made). The casting of Ellery is preposterous: Lawford plays him as an overaged, mod "Swinging London" hipster. Harry Morgan, well-suited as the long-suffering Dad, has been rewritten as a long-suffering uncle. Thus resolving the difference in accents between the two actors.
TV film, 1975
Source novel: "The Glass Village"
ragedy of Y (Y-no-higeki)(Japan)
Fuji TV, 1978
Director: Shigemichi Sugita
Producers: Tani Kou Qian / Ken
Scenario: Kunio Shimizu
Music: Masaru Sato
Nango (Drury Lane): Koji Ishizaka
Inspector Sahara: Nobuo Kaneko
Kiyoko Sahara: Masako Natsume
and also with Kaoru Yachigusa, Sachiko Hidari, Ehara Makoto, Muramatsu Eiko, Takeshi Hara
This is a first. A television play about Drury Lane. Masako Natsume plays a daughter of an assistant police inspector. The Drury Lane part is called Nango. The 6 episode series is available as a 3 DVD box.
he Best Japanese Mystery series episode:
"The Cat-House Murder Case" (Japan)
The stories in the anthology were derived from Ellery Queen’s Japanese Golden Dozen. At the opening of each episode, Fred Dannay provided an introduction pretty much like Hitchcock did in his series. The Cat-House Murder Case, based on The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats had this puzzle story somewhat altered into a suspense drama without Ellery even appearing. So in this version, for those familiar with the story, Miss Curleigh, the petshop owner solved the case at the peril of losing her own life since the murderer tries to kill her.
he Lonely Hunter (Kodokuna Kariudo) (Japan)
TV film, 1982
Fourth Side of the Triangle
Source novel: "The
Fourth Side of the Triangle"
Supposedly fairly decent TV-drama, with detective Petr Stephanec playing Ellery Queen. (Click here to see the movie)
TV film, 1992
he Three Widows (Japan)
TV film, 1993
In this one hour drama cast members added lots of subplots and gimmicks to the story. This wasn’t beneficial to the story and it can easily be forgotten.