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October 19, 2013

JIM HUTTON

Hutton obliges for the camera and strikes another Ellery pose during his 1970's visit to St. Louis. Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie.

 

Actor Jim Hutton, visiting St. Louis in the mid-1970's, during the run of his popular TV series, Ellery Queen. Hutton was in town for a charity event and met with the press to promote it. Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie.

Actor Jim Hutton, visiting St. Louis in the mid-1970’s, during the run of his popular TV series, Ellery Queen. Hutton was in town for a charity event and met with the press to promote it. Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie.

Jim Hutton is not exactly a performer who is remembered by a legion of fans. But in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s he was quite popular with college-age moviegoers. One of the last wave of studio contract players, Hutton went on to star in such films as The Horizontal Lieutenant, Looking for Love, and The Honeymoon Machine. Perhaps his most famous 60’s film was the iconic Where The Boys Are, which was a celebration of the burgeoning young adult sexual revolution.

Hutton forever endeared himself to mystery fans in 1975 when he assumed the role of detective Ellery Queen for a teleseries produced by Universal Studios. Ellery Queen was a ‘cozy’, each story involving a murder and the introduction of likely suspects–who are all gathered together for the final reveal.

 

 

Hutton obliges for the camera and strikes another Ellery pose during his 1970's visit to St. Louis. Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie.

Hutton obliges for the camera and strikes another Ellery pose during his 1970’s visit to St. Louis. Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie.

 

It was during this period that Hutton visited St. Louis to host a charity event. He met with reporters to promote the occassion, and i had my turn to spend an hour with him. He was one of the nicest celebrities I ever had the good fortune to meet. I remember showing him some photos from his TV series, and how crazy he went over some scenes that took place in a boxing ring. Hutton was a tremendous sports fan and literally begged me for the pictures—which I was only too happy to give him.

He was tremendously proud of his baseball-playing son, Timothy, who later became an actor and director himself. Coincidentally, Tim also played a famous fictional detective, Archie Goodwin, in the several TV movies about Rex Stout’s crime-solver, Nero Wolfe.

Hutton was a good sport during our interview. He had brought the nerdy hat with him, that he wore in the series, and was only too happy to pose for some corny pictures. What a nice man. A shame he left us too soon!

 

 

 

 






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