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The working title of this picture was John Braun's Body, and it was the first of seven pictures in Columbia's Ellery Queen series which ran from 1940-42. The series, which was written by Ellery Queen (pseud. of Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee), featured Ralph Bellamy as "Ellery Queen", Charley Grapewin as his Inspector father, Margaret Lindsay as Nikki Porter and James Burke as Inspector Queen's dim-witted aide. In 1942, William Gargan replaced Ralph Bellamy as the main character and went on to make two more films in the series. The last film in the series was Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen. For information on other films featuring the characters, for The Spanish Cape Mystery.