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. The pilot never became a series because it was aced out by Rock Hudson's new show, McMillan and Wife. Both were vying to join the NBC Mystery Theater which also featured McCloud and Columbo. 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 ...
TV film, 1975
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Director: Marek T. Nowakowski
Producer: Alicja Ślężańska
Adaptation: Ignacy Seweryn Kryński
Source: Calamity Town
Scenario: Jerzy Gorazdowski
Translation: Zofia Sroczyńska
Ellery Smith: Wieńczysław Gliński
John Wright: Mirosława Dubrawska
Nora: Joanna Jędryka
Pat: Halina Chrobak
Lola: Zofia Saretok
Jim Hight: Wojciech Alaborski
Carter Bradford: Wojciech Duryasz
Rosemary: Krystyna Królówna
Roberta Roberts: Alicja Pawlicka
Doktor: Mieczysław Milecki
Dakin: Zygmunt Maciejewski
Sędzia: Bohdan Ejmont
Klarysa: Aleksandra Dmochowska
Carlatti: Zygmunt Hobot
Frank Lloyd: Jerzy Felczyński
Ewa: Hanna Balińska
Lucie: Barbara Zielińska
Clayton: Jerzy Fijałkowski
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
Above right: Photo from the Japanese TV-drama The Tragedy of Y (dvd cover).
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.
Best Japanese Mystery series
"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.
TV film, 1982
Fourth Side of the Triangle
Above right: Květa Fialová, Radovan Lukavský, Zdeněk Žák, Dana Batulková, Jan Čenský
Supposedly fairly decent TV-drama, with detective Petr
Stephanec playing Ellery Queen.
TV film, 1992
Source novel: Wife
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.