|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 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)
"The Diamond Fence"
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.
"The Seven Thousand Victims"
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.
"The Lost Card"
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.
"The Wine Machine"
Guest Armchair Detective: Howard W. Blakeslee (science editor)
Mr.Blakeslee had no trouble solving the case.
"The Crime in the Snow"
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.
"The Secret Weapon"
Guest Armchair Detective: H.W. (Tex) Roden (mystery writer)
Story of enemy sabotage in war plant.
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).
"The Rare Stamp"
Guest Armchair Detective: Dick Powell (actor)
"The Poisoned Slipper"
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)
"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.
"The Red Death"
The story of a killer horse in a big-time rodeo...
a sort of ether wave
"The Lucky Sailor"
Guest Armchair Detective: F. Beverley Kelley (publicity director for Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey circus)
"The Musical Murder"
Guest Armchair Detective: Anne Fromer (managing editor of Magazine Digest)
"The Crime that wasn't Possible"
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.|
"The Key to the Mystery"
Guest Armchair Detective: Jo-Carroll Dennison (Miss America of 1943, actress)
"The Murdered Moths"
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.
"The Dangerous Race"
Guest Armchair Detective: Orlo Robertson (sports editor)(Initially Orlo was scheduled for 4-25)
"The Man in the Pillbox"
Guest Armchair Detective: Ted R. Gamble (national director, war finance division of U.S. treasury department)
The show opens with a shot interrupting a tender love scene as master sleuth Ellery Queen and his sweetheart-secretary, Nikki Porter, are drifting lazily on a peaceful lake. The bullet comes from a weird-looking structure, resembling a pillbox, on a little island. The big "why" which needs explanation in this crime teaser, is why a man should shut himself in a veritable fortress and shoot at strangers.
"The Runaway Husband"
Guest Armchair Detective: James Montgomery Flagg (magazine illustrator)
"The Iron Woman"
Guest Armchair Detective: Annamary Dickey (Metropolitan Opera Star)
"The Corpse of Mr.Entwhistle"
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|
"The Absent Automatic"
Guest Armchair Detective: Colonel Joseph S.Snyder (executive officer of Camp Kilmer of New York Port of Debarkation)
Repeat performance guest: Joan Tetzel (actress)
"Mr. One and Mr. Two"
Guest Armchair Detective: Bennett Cerf (author, publisher)
Repeat performance guest: Victor Moore (actor)
"Nikki's Rich Uncle"
Guest Armchair Detective: George Frazier (magazine editor)
"The Shipyard Racket"
Guest Armchair Detective: George Lait (war correspondent)
"The Gentleman Burglar"
Guest Armchair Detective: Wendy Barrie (actress), Fred Uttal (radio quizmaster)
|Gertrude Warner takes over as Nikki Porter|
"The Torture Victim"
Guest Armchair Detective: Julie Gibson (actress)
"Nick the Knife"
Private Sleuth Ellery Queen herewith grapples with one his grimmest crime cases. Death stalks the lonely streets of New York, as a mysterious prowler lies in wait to attack an kill pretty young girls. The victim all suffer the same fate. Their faces and wrists are slashed with a knife. The reign of terror lasts seven months, while the killer evades the police. Who is "Nick the Knife," as the newspapers call the invisible marauder? Ellery and his winsome secretary, Nikki Porter, set a trap for the murderous criminal, and before Ellery is through, he uses Nikki as live bait.
"The Clue in C Major"
Guest Armchair Detective: Evelyn Keyes (actress)
"The Time of Death"
Guest Armchair Detective: Sally Eilers (actress)
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