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Season 1 (2/3)


"The Adventures of Ellery Queen"

   CBS sustained Sundays 10:00 - 10:30 pm 1940 (37-44)
   
                                                8:00 - 8:30 pm (45)
   Producer/Director: George Zachary
   Announcer: Ken Roberts
   Scripts: Frederic Dannay, Manfred B. Lee
   Music: Lynn Murray
   Stars:
Hugh Marlowe (Ellery), Santos Ortega (Inspector Queen), Ted de Corsia (Velie),
             
Marion Shockley (Nikki Porter), Arthur Allen (Doc Prouty).


Show goes from 60 to 30 minutes. Arthur Allen takes over as Doc Prouty
.

This might be some polished scene from an adventure of radio's gentlemen detective, Ellery Queen, for both Ellery and Nikki seemed to be in character as this photograph was taken. But it isn't. Good pals in life, as well as on the air, they were photographed while enjoying an outing on Mark Warnow's yacht. -  ED (Picture by Walter Seigal) (from Radio Guide 40-01-05)

The two cousins appeared on Behind the Mike (42-01-25 3:30 pm) a program which provided listeners not only an insight into NBC behind the scenes but into many of the technologies and practices behind most broadcast networks of the era. This episode came under the title "Creating Ellery Queen". In 1942, it coincided with the start of the new season when after an absence of 15 months, a new sponsor for the regular series was found...

37* "The Old Soldiers"
         02-25-40: 30:00*
         Guest Armchair Detectives: unknown

38* "The Whistling Clown"
         03-03-40 :30:00*
         Guest Armchair Detectives: two armchair detectives chosen from the
         radio audience and Columbia network listeners in general

         A circus clown is found hanged in his dressing room.
        "Noisy Clown Shows Up in Mystery Plot"

39* "The Three Fishbowls"
          03-10-40 :30:00*
          Guest Armchair Detectives: two armchair detectives chosen from the
          radio audience and Columbia network listeners in general

          A Chinese antiquity dealer gives fishbowls to three of his customers. Soon after
          the display case is stolen...

40* "The Silver Ball"
           03-17-40 :30:00*
           Repeated as "The Glass Ball" on 03-23-44 and 03-25-44
           Guest Armchair Detectives: two armchair detectives chosen from the
           radio audience and Columbia network listeners in general

41* "The Wizard's Cat"
          03-24-40 :30:00*
          Guest Armchair Detectives: two armchair detectives chosen from the
          radio audience and Columbia network listeners in general

          A Wall Street wizard gets poisoned on a train

42* "The Emperor's Dice"
          03-31-40 :30:00*
          Repeated 08-31-44 and 09-02-44
          Reworked and printed in EQMM, April '51 and collected in 
          The Calendar of Crime (1952)
          Guest Armchair Detectives: two armchair detectives chosen from the
          radio audience and Columbia network listeners in general

          While visiting an old house Ellery uses his extraordinary talents
          to solve the apparent ten-year-old  murder of a millionaire
          collector of gambling implements.

Show moves to 9:00 PM

43* "The Forgotten Men"  Script of this story included in "The Adventure of the Murdered Moths" ...
          04-07-40 :30:00*
          Guest Armchair Detectives: two armchair detectives chosen from the
          radio audience and Columbia network listeners in general

          Manfred B. Lee and Frederic Dannay sympathized with the homeless and other
          margins of society. No one, no matter how down-and-out should be forgotten.

44* "The Yellow Pigeon"
          04-14-40 :30:00*
          Guest Armchair Detectives: Miss Betty Moran of New York (motion picture
          actress- played the second lead in the recent picture "Seventeen" with Jackie
          Cooper and Betty Field and "Mr. Edwin F. Pryce, Jr. of Baltimore, Maryland
          - young shipping clerk and radio enthusiast - has hiked to and from California and
          Canada.
(Thanks to David Marcum)

          A man is being informed on by a stool pigeon. It seems his luck has totally ran out
          as soon thereafter he's murdered by a poisoned cigarette.

45* "The Poker Club"
         04-21-40 :30:00*
         Repeated as "The Deadly Game" on 04-22-43 and 04-24-43
         Guest Armchair Detectives: unknown

         After a performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar a game of poker is played...
         murder soon followed.

Final episode to feature Doc Prouty

Santos Ortega (Inspector Queen) and Arthur Allen (Doc Prouty)

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