Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
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The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party 

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Fun-loving theatrical producer Spencer Lockridge invites Ellery to his mansion for a weekend of working out how to adapt one of Ellery's works for the stage. But the producer disappears ... See full summary »


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Frederic Dannay (characters created by) (as Ellery Queen), Frederic Dannay (story) (as Ellery Queen) | 5 more credits »





Episode cast overview:
Jim Hutton ... Ellery Queen
David Wayne ... Inspector Richard Queen
Edward Andrews ... Spencer Lockridge
Jim Backus ... Howard Biggers
Rhonda Fleming ... Laura Lockridge
Larry Hagman ... Paul Gardner
Julius Harris ... Doyle the Butler
Carmen Mathews ... Mrs. Letitia Allingham
Patricia Smith ... Diana Gardner
Julie Sommars ... Emmy Reinhart
Tom Reese ... Sgt. Thomas Velie
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Lt. Carr
Olan Soule ... Conductor
George Janek George Janek ... Johnny Lockridge
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Cabbie (as William Benedict)


Fun-loving theatrical producer Spencer Lockridge invites Ellery to his mansion for a weekend of working out how to adapt one of Ellery's works for the stage. But the producer disappears shortly thereafter and is presumed murdered. A series of clues are delivered by pranksters' means. The idea is to try to get the killer to implicate himself or herself. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Family | Mystery







Release Date:

30 October 1975 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As in other episodes of the series, several of the cast are named for notable mystery authors. Here they are: Lockridge (for Richard and Frances Lockridge), Biggers (Earl Derr Biggers), Gardner (Erle Stanley Gardner), Doyle (Arthur Conan Doyle), Allingham (Margery Allingham), Reinhart (Mary Roberts Reinhart) and Carr (John Dickson Carr). See more »


Lt. Carr: Seems like we're to dealing with some sort of lunatic!
Inspector Richard Queen: [looking at Ellery] Oh, I'm used to that.
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References Johnny Belinda (1948) See more »

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Despite a strong supporting cast, this episode is only average
22 March 2013 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

Theatrical producer Spencer Lockridge is producing a play based on one of Ellery's books and has invited Ellery down to his mansion for the week-end. Upon arriving at the Lockridge home, Ellery finds his host dressed as the Mad Hatter and the host's wife and guests are dressed as other characters from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. They are rehearsing a play to amuse Lockridge's young nephew for his birthday the following day. In the night, Spencer Lockridge disappears - did he leave on his own, was he kidnapped or was he murdered? Great guest cast especially Jim Backus, Rhonda Fleming, and Larry Hagman. But the episode falls a bit flat and it has an annoying kid in it. For one thing, David Wayne as Inspector Queen is just in a couple of scenes and Tom Reese as Sgt. Velie has only about one line at the end of the show. Jim Hutton is just not engaging enough to carry the show by himself - he needs Wayne and to a lesser extent, Reese. Also, this show doesn't have s sufficient late 1940s feel to it as do other episodes such as the ones with radio show backgrounds or set in a comic book office. Still entertaining but not one of the best episodes.

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