The Adventures of Ellery Queen


The Adventures of Ellery Queen

"The Adventures of Ellery Queen" was the title of a radio series and four separate television series made from the 1950s through the 1970s. They were based on the fictional character and pseudonymous writer Ellery Queen.

Radio

With Hugh Marlowe in the title role, Ellery Queen was introduced in "The Adventures of Ellery Queen" on CBS radio June 18, 1939, running until September 22, 1940. In 1942, the series moved to NBC, airing until 1944. From 1945 to 1947, it was heard once again on CBS, returning to NBC in 1947 and then ABC (1947-48). The premise was that a mystery would be dramatized but then interrupted when a panel of celebrities would attempt to solve the mystery.

During the 1970s, syndicated radio fillers, "Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries", began with an announcer saying, "This is Ellery Queen..." and then outlining a case in one minute. The radio station encouraged callers to solve the mystery and win a sponsor's prize. Once they had a winner, the solution part of the spot would be played as confirmation.

Television

The first television series, produced by the DuMont Television Network, ran from 1950 to 1952 and aired first on DuMont and later on ABC. The second series was produced by ITC Entertainment and ran from 1954 to 1957. The third series, "The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen", ran from 1958 to 1959 on NBC. The final series, known simply as "Ellery Queen", ran from 1975 until 1976 and was a Universal TV production for NBC.

First TV series

Telecast on the DuMont network, the first series starred Richard Hart as Ellery Queen in the first season and Lee Bowman in the role in later seasons. Florenz Ames played Inspector Richard Queen. Guest stars included Anne Bancroft, John Carradine and Eva Gabor. The series, produced by Irving and Norman Pincus and directed by Donald Richardson, featured writing by Helene Hanff.

Episode list

First season - DuMont Network

# "Prescription For Treason"
# "The House of Terror"
# "Murder in Hollywood"
# "The Adventure of the Man who Killed Cops"
# "The Hanging Patient"
# "The Crooked Man"
# "The Human Weapon"
# "The Three Lame Men"
# "The Long Count"
# "The Invisible Lover"
# "The Adventure of the Blind Bullet"
# "Two Pieces of Silver"
# "The Hanging Acrobat"
# "The Star of India"
# "The Adventures of the Survivors' Club"
# "The Adventure of the Jewel-Handled Knife"
# "The Case of the Falling Corpse"
# "The Adventure of the Strange Voyage"
# "The Madcap Robbery"
# "The Adventure of the Manhunt"
# "Murder at the Museum"
# "The Adventures of the Man who Enjoyed Death"
# "The Case of the Frightened Lady"
# "The Baseball Murder Case"
# "Murder for 12 cents"
# "Death Spins a Wheel"
# "The Key to Murder"
# "Dissolve to Death"
# "The Happiness Club"
# "The Chinese Mummer Mystery"
# "Murder in the Zoo"
# "Death in a Capsule"
# "The Case of the Upright Man"
# "Frame-up"
# "The Adventure of the Frightened Child"
# "The Adventure of the Ballet Murder"
# "The Adventure of the Twilight Zone"
# "The Dead Man who Walked"
# "Murder in the Death House"
# "The Garden of Death"
# "The Gridiron Murder"
# "The Coffee House Murder"
# "Death in a Ghost Town"
# "Murder to Music"
# "The Inside Man"
# "The adventure of the Shape-Up"
# "Pavanne for a Dead Princess"
# "Death at the Opera"
# "Ticket to Nowhere"

econd season: ABC

# "A Christmas Story"
# "The Unhung Jury"
# "The Long Shot"
# "Death In the Sorority House"
# "The Feminine Touch"
# "Dance of Death"
# "One Week to Live"
# "Left-Cross"
# "Mister Big"
# "The Red Hook Murder"
# "King Size Death"
# "The File of Death"
# "The Bar Peaceful Murder"
# "Doodle of Death"
# "The Men Without Faces"
# "Death of a Wax Doll"
# "Cat and Mouse"
# "Coroner's Inquest"
# "The Third Room"
# "The not so Private Eye"
# "Prize Catch"
# "Rehearsal for Murder"
# "The Case of the Heartbroken Men"
# "The Pool of Death"
# "Dead Secret"
# "Case of the Canvas Shroud"
# "The Winner was Death"
# "A Frame for a Chair"
# "Confidential Agent"

Third season: ABC

# "Case of the Wise Man"
# "The Ten Dollar Bill"
# "Ready For Hanging"
# "Legacy of Death"
# "Buck Fever"
# "Custom Made"
# "The Case of the Two-Faced Man"
# "The Destructive Angel"
# "A Touch of Death"
# "A Close-Up of Murder"
# "The High Executioner"
# "Companion to a Killer"
# "Double Exposure"

econd TV series

ITC's series starred Hugh Marlowe as Ellery Queen but returned Florenz Ames to the role of Richard Queen. Guest stars included Celia Lovsky.

Episode list

# "Dark Corridor"
# "Custom Made"
# "Double Exposure"
# "Mission for Murder"
# "Comeback (also known as The Last Payoff)"
# "Death in a Ghost Town"
# "Close-up of Murder"
# "Star of Kashmir"
# "Letter from the Dead"
# "Once a Killer"
# "The Recluse"
# "Doodle OF Death"
# "The Moll"
# "Mask of Roselli"
# "Woman in the Chair"
# "Trigger Man"
# "Mardi Gras"
# "The Vicious Circle"
# "One Week to Live"
# "Backfire"
# "The Fix"
# "Blackjack"
# "Woman on the Wire"
# "Night Visitors"
# "Death of a Wax Doll"
# "The White Orchid"
# "Stranger in the Dark"
# "Design for Revenge"
# "The Golden Snow"
# "The Fatal Signal"
# "Mister Big"
# "Memoirs Unwritten"

"The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen"

This version featured George Nader as Ellery Queen at first, then Lee Philips at the end of the season. Les Tremayne took the role of Richard Queen. Guest stars included the Oscar-nominated Nancy Carroll.

Episode list

# "The Glass Village"
# "The King is Dead"
# "Ten Days of Wonder"
# "The Door Between"
# "The 8th Mrs Bluebeard"
# "Cat of Many Tails"
# "Death Before Bedtime"
# "Double, Double"
# "So Rich, So Lovely, So Dead"
# "Diamond-studded Typewriter"
# "Four and Twenty to Live"
# "Paint the Town Black"
# "The Hollow Man"
# "Bury Me Deep"
# "The Hinnolity Story"
# "The Jinn City Story"
# "Revolution"
# "The Murder of Whistler's Brother"
# "Death likes it Hot"
# "Margin of Terror"
# "Chauffer Disguise"
# "Shadow of the Past"
# "The Chemistry Set"
# "Cartel for Murder"
# "A Girl Named Daisy"
# "The Paper Tigers"
# "The Lecture"
# "Confession of Murder"
# "Castaway on a Nearby Island"
# "The Curse of Aden"
# "Dance into Death"
# "Body of the Crime"
# "This Murder Comes to you Live"

"Ellery Queen"

Universal/NBC's 1970s version featured Jim Hutton as Ellery Queen and David Wayne as Richard. The stories took place in 1947. Guest stars included Joan Collins, Don Ameche, Roddy McDowall, Tom Bosley and Betty White. The series was cancelled after one season of only 22 episodes.

Episode list

"Too Many Suspects" Pilot episode, later aired as a TV movie.

# "The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne"
# "The Adventure of the Lover's Leap"
# "The Adventure of the Chinese Dog"
# "The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader"
# "The Adventure of the 12th Floor Express"
# "The Adventure of Miss Aggie's Farewell Performance"
# "The Adventure of Colonel Niven's Memoirs"
# "The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party"
# "The Adventure of Veronica's Veils"
# "The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse"
# "The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument"
# "The Adventure of the Black Falcon"
# "The Adventure of the Sunday Punch"
# "The Adventure of the Eccentric Engineer"
# "The Adventure of the Wary Witness"
# "The Adventure of the Judas Tree"
# "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario"
# "The Adventure of the Two-Faced Woman"
# "The Adventure of the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley"
# "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep"
# "The Adventure of the Hard-Hearted Huckster"
# "The Adventure of the Disappearing Dagger"

Listen to

* [http://www.radiolovers.com/pages/ellery_queen.htm Radio Lovers: "Ellery Queen"]

External links

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