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Season 5 (2/2)

  The Adventures of Ellery Queen
  
CBS Anacin Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:00 pm 1945 (211-239)
   Producer/Director: Bob Steel
   Announcer: Don Hancock
   Scripts: Frederic Dannay (Anthony Boucher), Manfred B. Lee
   Stars: Sydney Smith (Ellery),
Santos Ortega (Inspector Queen),
             
Ted de Corsia (Velie), Barbara Terrell / Gertrude Warner  beginning
               7-25-45 (Nikki Porter)




The Saint owed it's debut over Radio to the extraordinary success of the Ellery Queen franchise. Ellery Queen had become so popular over Radio that it priced itself out of a sponsor. Emerson Drug, the maker of Bromo-Seltzer, decided that it would be more economical for them to abandon their Ellery Queen sponsorship over NBC and innaugurate a new series at a much lower cost. And so it was that Emerson Drug, Leslie Charteris, and producer/agent James Saphier brought the package to air over NBC for a three-month run between January and April 1945. So after 3 weeks the EQ series returned with a new sponsor, a new network,a new evening and a new Nikki (Barbara Terrell)The Saint owed it's debut over Radio to the extraordinary success of the Ellery Queen franchise.
Ellery Queen had become so popular over Radio that it priced itself out of a sponsor. Emerson Drug, the maker of Bromo-Seltzer, decided that it would be more economical for them to abandon their Ellery Queen sponsorship over NBC and inaugurate a new series at a much lower cost. And so it was that Emerson Drug, Leslie Charteris, and producer/agent James Saphier brought the package to air over NBC for a three-month run between January and April 1945.

So after 3 weeks the EQ series returned with a new sponsor, a new network, a new evening and a new Nikki (Barbara Terrell)
 


211* "The Diamond Fence" WANTED! Believed to be in existence... click here for more...
             01-24-45 :30:00*
             An AFRS Mystery Playhouse program "The Diamond Fence"
             Sneak preview at the end of a program exists
             Guest Armchair Detective: Janet Blair (actress)

            
A composer who thinks he's a second Gershwin, a once-famous radio singer
             and a notorious "fence" for whom all New York is searching figures in the
             mystery that takes place in a shabby rooming house in Greenwich Village.

             "Ellery Queen" program shifted webs and sponsors Wed. (24) going from NBC
             to CBS and from BromoSeltzer to Anacin. On an average, it's certainly one of
             the top whodunits and probably the most cerebral, keeping the "let's think this
             out'' flavor projected by Fred Dannay and Manfred Lee, creators of
             the character, in their books and short stories. That didn't stop last week's show
             from falling below par, not only in that the guilty character was fairly obvious,
             but the clue was one which stuck out midway, thereby actually obviating
             the need for the rest of the show. As a production, it's a pip of a job, even
             though Sidney Smith (Ellery) doesn't come over with the necessary incisiveness.
             Santos Ortega and Ted de Corsia, as the crotchety inspector and the dumb
             police sergeant, are excellent. New femme lead, replacing Marion Shockley, is
             Barbara Terrell, part being built up on her romance with Ellery.
                                                                 (Variety, Wednesday January 31. 1945)

212* "The Seven Thousand Victims"
             01-31-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: George Givot (actor)

             An American Army transport carrying 7,000 wounded G.I.'s back home,
             runs into a dirty sea and, a bad night. Suddenly the beam of an isolated
             lighthouse blinks off and stays off.

213* "The Lost Card"
             02-07-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Dean F.Willey (railroad executive) 

             A sinister murder mystery shocks passengers in a sleeping car of a
             train speeding from Boston to New York.

214* "The Wine Machine"
             02-14-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Howard W. Blakeslee (science editor)
             Mr.Blakeslee had no trouble solving the case.

215* "The Crime in the Snow"
             02-21-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Ted Husing (radio sports commentator
)
             and Tim Cohane (sports editor)

             Nikki Porter, accepts Ellery's invitation to spend a week- end at the ski
             lodge.

216* "The Secret Weapon"
             02-28-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: H.W. (Tex) Roden (mystery writer)

             Story of enemy sabotage in war plant
.

Ellery Queen, the noted amateur detective presents his weekly whodunit, introduces each week a prominent guest detective, flabbergasts everybody. It may seem hard to you but the master sleuth always comes through with a neat answer in the ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN (Add March 1945)  Left: Ellery Queen, the noted amateur detective presents his weekly whodunit, introduces each week a prominent guest detective, flabbergasts everybody. It may seem hard to you but the master sleuth always comes through with a neat answer in The Adventures of Ellery Queen (Add March 1945).  

  
217* "The Rare Stamp
"
             03-07-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Dick Powell (actor)

218* "The Poisoned Slipper"
             03-14-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Earl Wilson (Broadway columnist)

             I suppose you want to know how I happened to pick the murderer correctly
             when I was guest detective on the Ellery Queen broadcast last night. I
             guessed the answer, that's all, just guessed it! The program has two
             broadcasts, one for the East at 7:30, one for the West at 12:30. Guest
             detectives who appear at 12:30 could be sure to get the answer right merely
             by listening to the solution on the 7:30 show. But here's a funny thing. Most
             of those at 12:30 get the answer wrong: there too honest to listen at 7:30.
             Everybody's getting so honest it's sickening
            
                           (Earl Wilson, New York Post, Thursday March 15. 1945)

219* "The Sword of Damocles"
             Guest Armchair Detective: Milo Boulton (radio host of We, the People)

             Ellery pits his wits against an invisible killer in this murder mystery and
             both wins and loses. An octogenarian art collector suddenly turns from
             the old masters and rare books to something that might appeal to kids - a
             collection of historic weapons and instruments of torture.
             He gets a great kick of it until he finds that someone is using his
             collection of lethal instruments to set death traps for him.

220* "The Red Death"
             03-28-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Jane Wyatt (actress)

             The story of a killer horse in a big-time rodeo... a sort of ether wave
             "Thunderhead"

            
Guest armchair detective is Jane Wyatt, screen and stage star currently
             appearing with Franchot Tone on Broadway in Hope for the Best. She'll be
             given 30 seconds in which to solve the mystery. Less than 20 per cent of the
             visiting sleuths guess the right answers (Albany N.Y. Newspaper, Mar 28, 1945)

221* "The Lucky Sailor"
            04-04-45 :30:00*
            Guest Armchair Detective: F. Beverley Kelley (publicity director for
            Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey circus)

222* "The Musical Murder"
             04-11-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Anne Fromer (managing editor of Magazine
             Digest)

223* "The Crime that wasn't Possible"
             04-18-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Monroe Wheeler (director of exhibitions of
             Museum of Modern Art in New York, art critic/book designer)


Program of 4-25  Pre-empted by a United Nations special on the San Francisco conference of the U.N. with President's Truman speech in the plenary session.
Postponed until 05-16-45 in several regions. 

224* "The Key to the Mystery"
             05-02-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Jo-Carroll Dennison (Miss America of 1943
,
             actress)            

225* "The Murdered Moths"  Script of this story included in "The Adventure of the Murdered Moths" ...
             05-09-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Jack Gaver (author, United Press columnist
)

              A young man just returned from the war and a hoped-for wedding.
              Nikki would like it to be two weddings. Ellery, however, is more interested
              in the clue of the dead moths.

226* "The Dangerous Race"
             05-16-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Orlo Robertson (sports editor)
             (Initially Orlo was scheduled for 4-25)

227* "The Man in the Pillbox"
             05-23-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Ted R. Gamble (national director, war finance
             division of U.S. treasury department)

228* "The Runaway Husband"
             05-30-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: James Montgomery Flagg (magazine illustrator)

229* "The Iron Woman"
             06-06-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Annamary Dickey (Metropolitan Opera Star)

230* "The Corpse of Mr.Entwhistle"
             06-13-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Gladys Swarthout (opera singer)
             Repeat performance guest: Ted R. Gamble (national director, war finance
             division of U.S. treasury department)


This episode marks the beginning of the collaboration with Anthony Boucher


231* "The Absent Automatic"
             06-20-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Colonel Joseph S.Snyder (executive officer
             of Camp Kilmer of New York Port of Debarkation)
             Repeat performance guest: Joan Tetzel (actress)

232* "Mr. One and Mr. Two"
             06-27-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Bennett Cerf (author, publisher)
             Repeat performance guest: Victor Moore (actor)

233* "Nikki's Rich Uncle"
             07-04-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: George Frazier (magazine editor)

234* "The Shipyard Racket"
             07-11-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: George Lait (war correspondent)

235* "The Gentleman Burglar"
              07-18-45 :30:00*
              Guest Armchair Detective: Wendy Barrie (actress)
              Fred Uttal (radio quizmaster)

Gertrude Warner takes over as Nikki Porter 

236* "The Torture Victim"
             07-25-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Julie Gibson (actress)

237* "Nick the Knife" AFRS Radioshow available on the internet... Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             08-01-45 :30:00*
             Repeated as  'The Slicer' 04-15-48
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Anthony Boucher
             This script was penned by Anthony Boucher who later re-worked the
            
beginning of this story in an episode of the New Adventures of
             Sherlock Holmes called "(The Strange Case Of )The Murder In Wax". 
             Guest Armchair Detective: Gertrude Niesen (Broadway actress from the
             Broadway musical Follow the Girls
)
             Repeat performance guest: Thomas Lockhart (coast guardsman)
             preserved as Mystery Playhouse (Armed Forces Radio Services) episode.

             In the hair-raising tale Inspector Queen and his winsome secretary Nikki
             Porter set out to track down a mysterious killer who disfigures the faces
             of pretty young girls.

238* "The Clue in C Major"
             08-08-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Evelyn Keyes (actress)

239* "The Time of Death"
             08-15-45 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Sally Eilers (actress)

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