Friday, April 8, 2016

JK Steps Out With The Queen...

...Ellery Queen, that is! :)

JK and his fellow guest stars (Anne Francis, Ida Lupino, Susan Strasberg, Don Ameche and Craig Stevens) stay in step with Ellery Queen stars Jim Hutton and David Wayne.

Yep, that's Jack Kelly smiling on the right in a star-studded cast portrait for "The Adventure of The Lover's Leap", an episode of the short-lived but fondly remembered Ellery Queen TV series which originally aired on Thursday, September 18, 1975. JK played lawyer and suspect "J. T. Latimer". He was reunited with two former co-stars, Anne Francis (from Forbidden Planet) and Don Ameche (from The Story of Alexander Graham Bell and A Fever in the Blood).

Yikes! It's hard to believe this photo and the show are over 40 years old now. I recall watching Ellery Queen. I especially liked the classy Elmer Bernstein theme music, and Ellery (Jim Hutton) playfully breaking the fourth wall to ask the viewer, "Have you figured it out yet?" The complete series was released on DVD in 2010 and is already out-of-print.

Well, Ellery Queen is timeless and so is JK. Here's a close-up of our guy in the 1970's rockin' that 1940's look: