|Jim Hutton as Ellery Queen|
And then, finally, I watched Ellery Queen with Jim Hutton.
It's amazing that it took me so long to watch Ellery Queen, considering how much I love all things mystery. On the other hand, the show lasted just 1 season from 1975-76 (my local library has the box set). Jim Hutton died in 1979, one year before his son received his Academy Award for Ordinary People.
|"No wonder you remind me of me."|
Take, for example, the delightful and hilarious Walk Don't Run that not only has, as my brother Joe says, the perfect ending but some of the best banter in all screwball comedy. It's as if Grant is handing off the baton to the man who could reasonably (including height-wise) take his comedic place (nobody but Grant has quite the same range, but still). Wikipedia and IMDB state that Hutton was seen as Jimmy Stewart's successor, and the clean-boy image is not dissimilar, but that not-quite-cocky-innocent-smile-masking-a-quick-wit-which-is-far-more-ironic-than-the-viewer-first-realizes: that's pure Grant.
|Hutton & Wayne|
Barney Miller's "The Bureaucrat". What a bonus!).
In fact, the comparison to Falk's Columbo is far more apt than to, say, Lansbury's Jessica Fletcher; Murder, She Wrote is just as packed with celebrities as Ellery Queen and Columbo but not as well-written or well-acted (Angela Lansbury mostly just acts like a true lady, i.e. herself).
|Timothy Hutton as Ellery Queen|
Both touching tributes to an actor who died far too young.
*Both Huttons were 41 when they starred in their respective mystery shows.
|Timothy Hutton as Archie Goodwin|